South India Incoming Correspondence: Tamil

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Incoming correspondence from missionaries in the LMS Tamil district - modern Tamil Nadu; dominated by Madras city [Chennai] the chief city of India’s South-East coast. Other stations included Coimbatore, Salem, Chittoor, Tripassore [Tirupattur], Combaconam [Kumbakonam], Pursewaukum [Purasawalkam] and Madanapillay [Madanapalle]. Early correspondents include Edmund Crisp, William Taylor, William Drew, Ebenezer Lewis, William Addis, Alexander Leitch, John Lechler, George Hall and Goodeve Mabbs. Missionaries travelling to other fields sometimes sent letters upon arrival at the port of Madras although they were stationed in other missionary regions (e.g. Bengal, Ultra Ganges, China). Davidson Street Church in the Black Town area of Madras city generated a significant amount of correspondence during the early period.

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Detailed list for South India Incoming Correspondence: Tamil, 1817-1860 (list F4), available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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