Doty, Elihu

Doty, Elihu was born in 1812, graduated at Rutgers College in 1835, and from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Dutch Church, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1836, and was licensed and ordained as a missionary to the heathen in the same year. He was a member of the first mission sent by the Reformed Dutch Church and the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Java, where he labored from 1836 to 1840, when he was transferred to Borneo, and labored among the Dyaks until 1844. Thence he was removed to China, and was connected with the Amoy Mission until his decease, which occurred at sea on his return from China in March, 1865, but four days before the arrival of the ship at New York. Mr. Doty was an excellent Chinese scholar and preacher; an indefatigable, courageous, self-denying laborer; a man of singular frankness, piety, and zeal; and was closely identified with the celebrated mission at Amoy from its origin, and through all the steps of its remarkable success. Few men have surpassed him in the toils and faithfulness of an evangelist. For years he was regarded as the father of what has been termed "the model mission" of the American Board and of the Reformed Dutch Church.

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