North India Incoming Correspondence: Bengal

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Scope and Content

Incoming correspondence from missionaries in Bengal to the London Missionary Society headquarters. The Bengal mission centred on Calcutta [Kolkata], which (not unlike Madras) also figured as a port through which missionaries sometimes passed en route to other fields and addressed letters from there which are unrelated to the Bengal mission. An early outpost of the mission was Chinsurah; then Kidderpore, Berampore [Berhampur, Baharampur] and Bhowanipore (a South Calcutta suburb close to Ballygunge which was also an area of some LMS activity). Principal early correspondents were Henry Townley, George Gogerley and Alphonse Francois Lacroix (Calcutta), Micaiah Hill (Berhampore), George Mundy (Chinsurah), and John Campbell (Kidderpore). Bhowanipore was the site of an important education institution and Berampore subsequently of a hospital. Early correspondence makes frequent reference to the Union Chapel, Calcutta (founded earlier in the century and topic of some dispute between missionaries and congregation in 1834), which became an influential place of worship where English was used.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Incoming Correspondence for Bengal, 1800-1838 (list F1), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

Archivist's Note

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