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bank The natives and soldiers were angry and they murdered them and the other crew members. None remained alive. After that, the confusion in the city was finally brought to an end'. The governor reported to the king: 'A strange western ship, which anchored at Pangsusong at P'yongyang was set alight and destroyed by the natives. It was burnt out, and what remained from it was taken to the armoury: three cannon, two guns, three cannon balls, two iron anchors, 162 lengths of iron chain, 1300 lbs of iron, 2,250 of iron rods, 2,145 lbs of scrap iron'. News of the tragedy took two months to reach China and the LMS in that country was shocked by the events. For some reason, the LMS in London does not seem to have received a report, for on 10 December Mullens, the Foreign Secretary of the LMS, wrote a long letter to Thomas which rebukes him for going to Korea without the permission of the Society. On 4 December Edkins sent a letter to Thomas's father expressing his condolences over his death and he apologizes for the delav in writing to him because of the uncertainty of the reports. Robert Thomas was Fig. 5: Memorial to Thomas in Hanover Chapel