North India Incoming Correspondence: Gujerat

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Incoming correspondence from missionaries in Gujerat to the London Missionary Society headquarters. The Gujerat [Gujarat] mission (also referred to by the LMS using the language name, Gujerati) was concentrated for a number of years at Surat and Baroda [Vadodara]. Subsequently stations were established for periods at Borsud and Dewan (= Mahi Kantha). One document found amongst the correspondence is a proposal to move the mission station (in 1847) from the ‘camp’ at Baroda to a position on ‘the banks of the Mye River [Mahi river], thirteen miles east of Cambay’ [Khambha]. Principal correspondents were William Fyvie, William Clarkson, Joseph Van Someren Taylor (son of Joseph Taylor of South India and Emelia Van Someren of Davidson Street church, Madras), and Alfred Corbold. Surat mission was handed over to the Irish Presbyterian mission in 1847; the remaining missionaries transferred from Baroda at that time to Dhevan [Dhewan] on the Mahi river and Borsud (which latter work was temporarily transferred to Broach and Iambusir). The final handover of the last LMS work in North West India to the Irish Presbyterian Missionary Society actually took place on 26 January 1860. Alfred Corbold was re-assigned to South India. Joseph Van Someren Taylor left the LMS and joined the Irish Presbyterian Missionary Society in 1859.

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*A detailed list of Incoming Correspondence for Gujerat, 1817-1860 (list F2), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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