|Journal D'André Ly : prêtre chinois, missionaire et notaire apostolique, 1746-1763|
|Journal D'André Ly : prêtre chinois, missionaire et notaire apostolique, 1746-1763 / texte Latin ; introduction par Adrien Launay. Introduction in French.|
Latin diary covering the period 15 June 1747-1 January 1764 (Sichuan). Inventories of house furniture.
"André Ly (Li), a native of Chenggu 城固 (Shaanxi) went to Siam in 1710 and was ordained twelve years later. By 1726 he returned to China, spent six years in Fujian and some time in Huguang en route to Sichuan. When Li entered Chengdu 成都 there were three Chinese priests in the province. Li is best known for his diary, which he began in 1742 and continued to 1763. Composed of letters that he sent each year to Macao, though the early ones up to 1745 are not extant, this diary describes his work among the Christians throughout Sichuan with a concentration in the villages near Chengdu. After 1763 he retired to a neighboring Christian community where he died in 1774. Li was known to local officials as a priest and his church was recognized as such. He describes the Christians as poor, illiterate, ignorant and at times even quarrelsome."-- Cf. Handbook of Christianity in China, p. 465.
See also MEP Archives.