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William Fox

It Happened Today: Fox’s Sunday School Society (1785)

He combined business aptitude with faith and practical concern for the poor.

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Morning Dew

Devotional (2016 church year): Be encouraged: God is always near (1864)

Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to...

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Death in Chicago of Luigi (Louis) Francescon, a pioneer in the Italian Pentecostal movement, and an international missionary who participated in the formation of Pentecostal fellowships in Argentina, Brazil, and the US

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The Lutherans of Betafo-Ambohimanarina, Madagascar, unite in a prayer vigil for a confrontation between pastor Daniel Rajaofera and a local sorcerer that is to take place the next day. As it turns out, the sorcerer fails badly and many idolaters burn their idols on September ninth.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

The cornerstone is laid for Ida Scudder’s mission hospital at Vellore, India. Authority for the date: Wilson, Dorothy Clarke. Dr. Ida. Hodder and Stoughton, 1959.

Death of Starets (Elder) Macarius, who had translated many Greek texts of the holy fathers into Russian, bringing renown to the Optina Monastery.

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Death of Hannah More, Christian playwriter, Sunday school leader, and philanthropist.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Samuel Marsden is shipwrecked while sailing to take the gospel to the Maori of New Zealand.

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Reed, A. H. Samuel Marsden: Greatheart of the Maori. London: Pickering & Inglis, ca. 1939.


Robert Morrison reaches Canton, China, where he will translate the Bible into Chinese.

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Memoirs of the Life and Labours of Robert Morrison, DD, compiled by his widow. London: Longman, 1839.


Death of Elie Neau, a French Huguenot. Because of persecution, he had fled to the New World. Captured by a French corsair, he had been returned to France where efforts were made to force him to convert to Catholicism. Having refused to give way, he was kept three years in prison, a year in the galleys, and another year in a dungeon until England obtained his release. He had said to one captor, “Sir, do not pity me, for could you but see the secret pleasures my heart experiences, you would think me happy.” Later, living in the United States, he ran a school for slaves.

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Death of Leonard Euler, in St. Petersburg. He had been a notable mathematician and a dedicated Christian apologist. In the latter capacity, he experienced the gibes of Voltaire and of Frederick the Great.

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Standard encyclopedias.