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Rendel J. Harris and Helen B. Harris

LETTERS FROM ARMENIA


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LETTER No. III.

ARRIVAL OF THE “ TESKEREH ” — THE NEWLY DISCOVERED SIXTH-CENTURY GOSPELS.

CONSTANTINOPLE, April 6, 1896.

DEAR FRIENDS, — The teskereh, or passport, arrived yesterday afternoon, too late for us to catch the steamer, but we were so thankful to have it, there was no room in our hearts for disappointment. It is worded very nicely, giving command that we shall have every assistance in travelling, even to food. How this will work out practically remains to be seen, meanwhile we are much encouraged.

Nothing else of moment has happened since I last wrote. The apprehension of the Sultan’s order for all American missionaries to withdraw from Asia Minor hangs like Damocles’ sword over the heads of all English and Americans here. It is now known to be his design, and it is said also to be the wish of the Russian Government, but perhaps this is not true.

The Russian Ambassador sent a message to E. on Friday last by Mr. Lister,1 that he would be glad to show him the newly acquired Greek New Testament

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1 Mr. Lister is an attache of our Embassy, and a brother of Lord Ribblesdale.

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MS., for which £1000 has been given, and a Church is to be built. As this is the same one R. nearly purchased himself four years ago, and has mourned for ever since, he was of course delighted at the invitation.1 Mr. Lister also told R. that the Ambassador had said to him, that he had had a letter from Prince Lobanoff with reference to our journey, asking him to help in any way he could. When E. went to the Russian Embassy several Russian Professors were examining the book, but it was at once put into his hands. The critical results of this examination will of course be tabulated elsewhere. When R. left, the Ambassador took him aside and privately expressed his sympathies. This kindness is of course the result of our friend Edmund Brooks’ interest at St. Petersburg.

We are not sure what day we shall get off. We have to lay in supplies for the journey, as it seems a great risk as well as expense to take a proper dragoman, at least from here, but we shall leave by the first steamer of any sort. — Affectionately your friend,

HELEN B. H.

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1 A purple vellum MS. of the Gospels written in gold and silver letters. Stray leaves of it were already in the great European libraries (Rome, Vienna, London, and in the island of Patmos). The book has for a long time been in process of diminution, from various causes. The people of the village confided to me that when their bishop came amongst them he always had this book to pray with, and they implied that the leaves grew fewer as the prayers grew more numerous. Its curative value was also great. You soak a leaf in water, and give the liquid to the patient to drink ! — J. R. H.

 


Table of contents
The cover and pages 1-4 | Preface | Table of contents (as in the book)
Turkish Armenia with Route of J.R. & H.B. Harris (a map)
Letter I | Letter II | Letter III | Letter IV | Letter V | Letter VI | Letter VII | Letter VIII
Letter IX | Letter X | Letter XI | Letter XII | Letter XIII | Letter XIV | Letter XV
Letter XVI | Letter XVII | Letter XVIII | Letter XIX | Letter XX | Letter XXI | Letter XXII
Letter XXIII | Letter XXIV | Letter XXV | Letter XXVI | Letter XXVII | Letter XXVIII
Memorandum: Notes of Information from J. R. H. | Letter XXIX | Letter XXX
Letter XXXI | Letter XXXII | Letter XXXIII | Letter XXXIV | Letter XXXV
Letter XXXVI | Letter XXXVII

Acknowledgements:

Source: J. Rendel Harris & B. Helen Harris. Letters from the Scenes of the Recent Massacres in Armenia. London, James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 1897
Provided by: Aram Arkun, Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center
Scanned by: Karen Vrtanesyan
OCR: Irina Minasyan

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