The London Times24 December 1866

THE NESTORIANS - LETTER

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.

Sir,– The Nestorians are a very ancient Christian population who once abounded over Persia, Chaldaea, Mesopotamia, Syria, Arabia, and Egypt. They were frequently appointed by the Caliphs to the government of cities, towns, and provinces, and also at Court they often held the situation of scribes and physicians to the Caliphs, which gave them great influence, and enabled them to extend to their friends a very powerful protection. These Nestorians were the first Protestant Christians, and took their origin from Nestorus, Patriarch of Constantinople under Heraclius, A.D. 431; but of course they are not identical in all respects with the Protestants of the Church of England.
A remnant of these people, numbering trom 20,000 to 30,000, leading a pastoral life, inhabit the plains and mountains of Oroomiah in the north of Persia. They are a very deserving race, and have avoided the superstitous opinions and practices that have infected other churches in the East.
His Majesty Nasir-ud-Deen Shah, at the suggestion of Mr. Alison, Her Majesty’s representative at the Court of Persia, has granted to his Nestorian subjects a site for the erection of a ohurch, and has also inscribed his Royal name at the head of a subscription list for 100l. sterling towards that object. The Persian Ministers and principle merchants, the British, the French, the Russian, and Turkish ministers at the Court of Persia have all subscribed. This liberality and condescension of His Majesty the Shah of Persia ought to be widely made know among the Powers of Christendom, for their association in such a course would not only be a courteous recogniton of His Majesty’s enlightened liberality, but would, moreover, be attended with results of great benefit to all the Christian communities of the East. I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
London, Dec. 10. J. R. L D.



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