The Clay MacCauley Memorial Toro, Mita, Tokyo, c. 1910.

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The Clay MacCauley Memorial Toro, Mita, Tokyo, Japan, c. 1910.

The Clay MacCauley Memorial Toro, Mita, Tokyo, Japan, c. 1910.

“[MacCauley’s] work in Japan has not been of the type ordinarily described as a missionary endeavor. The motto has been, ‘We come not to convert, but to confer.’ Our effort has been persistently to bring together the best of in our two civilizations.

“By his knowledge of Japanese, by his Japanese text-books, long and widely used, by his position as a broad-minded and public-spirited servant of the two countries, Dr. MacCauley has slowly gained in Japan a position which is unique for the affection in which he is held and the influence he is able to exert.”

The Unitarian Register, January 29, 1920

From the wiki: “Clay MacCauley was born in 1843. He traveled to Germany in 1873 where he studied philosophy and theology at Heidelberg and Leipzig. Once he finished schooling in 1875, he returned to America and became pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Washington, DC in 1877. In 1889 MacCauley became one of the first Unitarian representatives of Tokyo.

“MacCauley’s work overseas continued in 1891 when he became president and professor of the philosophic and historic theology at Senshin Gakuin, College for Advanced Learning in Tokyo. From 1910 to 1916, he was president of the Asiatic Society of Japan. His other memberships included vice president of the International Press Association, a Tokyo journalist’s club, from 1915-1916; and president of the American Peace Society of Japan, a Christian peace reform group, from 1916-1919.

“MacCauley’s achievements earned him the Order of the Rising Sun in 1909 from Emperor Meiji, the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1918 from Emperor Taisho, and he received the Red Cross Service badge in 1920. He passed away in 1925 after an illness in California.”

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