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Adrien Greslon

French Jesuit missionary; b. at Perigueux, 1618; d.1697

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Greslon, ADRIEN, French missionary; b. at Perigueux, in 1618; entered the Society of Jesus at Bordeaux, November 5, 1635; d. in 1697. He taught literature and theology in various houses of his order until 1655, when he was sent as a missionary to China. He arrived there in 1657, and after mastering the Chinese and Manchu languages went to the Province of Kiang-si, which he describes as a veritable Garden of Eden. Here he remained, engaged in his missionary labors, until 1670, when he returned to France. Greslon wrote two books: “Les vies des saints patriarches de l’Ancien Testament”, with reflections in Chinese; and “Histoire de la Chine sous la domination des Tartares . depuis l’annee 1651 … jusqu’en 1669” (Paris, 1671).

LEO A, KELLY


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