Madagascar,1830-31

Scope and Content

includes letters originally kept in a private file from:

Joseph Freeman, Tananarivo [Antananarivo] - 28 Feb 1829 - dispute of missionaries re Mr Robert Lyall

Joseph Freeman, Tananarivo - 3 Mar 1829 - disagreement of missionaries

Joseph Freeman, Tananarivo - 12 Mar 1829 - dispute between Mr Robert Lyall and David Jones and David Griffiths

Joseph Freeman, Tananarivo - 16 April 1829 - builds a house; disagreement of missionaries; expulsion of Mr Robert Lyall

David Johns, Tananarivo, to Joseph Freeman - 14 Oct 1829 - rushed departure under stringent conditions; most of the 'History' had been left behind; army returned from expedition to South with much plunder, women and children; idols regaining dominance; tension with David Griffiths

Joseph Freeman, Tamatave [Toamasina] - 4 Nov 1829 - disagreement of missionaries

Joseph Freeman, on board the Pero, to William Hankey - 6 Sep 1830 (postscript 25 Sep, Cape Town) - on Dr John Philip's advice, moving to Cape for a time to help there till Madagascar open again; discusses the fighting in Madagascar for chieftainship; Mrs Thom's letter ; David Jones returned to Mauritius, unwell; French sending artillery etc; mentions disagreements between Mr Robert Lyall and David Jones and David Griffiths; mentions his History of the Mission, hoping it arrived safely

Joseph Freeman, on board the Pero, to John Arundel - 15 Sep 1830 - going to Cape as turned out of Madagascar; complains of David Griffiths' ways, difficult to work with.

Joseph Freeman, Cape Town - 5 Oct 1830 - matters between government agent Mr Robert Lyall and David Jones and David Griffiths, the improprieties of the missionaries; a French occupation of Madagascar would not be popular.

Joseph Freeman, Cape Town - 29 Nov 1830 - re History of the Madagascar Mission, please do not print chapter on slavery until revised; deputation to British government from Mauritius on slave issue; LMS to forward Memorial to French government

Joseph Freeman, Cape Town - 21 Dec 1830 - Malagasy matters, sending on letters; indictment of David Griffiths, hopeless to work with: building a separate chapel; best to withdraw Griffiths; increasing church members without character; comments on Dr John Philip's fine work at Cape

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Incoming Correspondence for Madagascar, 1794-1879 (list E2), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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