Madagascar,1827

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Scope and Content

includes letters from:

David Griffiths, Tananarive [Antananarivo] - death of Charles Hovenden, his child and of James Cameron's child

Mrs M A Hovenden, Tananarive

copy of letters in French from A Robin, king Radama's chief secretary, Tananarive and Tamatave [Toamasina] - concerning Mr Rolland (Thomas Rowlands - to resume work as weaver) and the school at Antsahadinta; schools generally; refusing John Canham's production freedom from export duty

Thomas Rowlands, Amparibe and Antsahadinta

John Cummins, Amparibe

James Cameron, Tananarive

David Jones, Tananarive

David Johns, Tananarive

Joseph Freeman, Port Louis (Mauritius), Tamatave and Tananarive

George Chick, Tananarive

John Canham, Ifenoarivo - tribute to prince Rataffe

Robert Lyall, (?) Port Louis

Thomas Kelsey, Grand River (Mauritius)

joint letter by David Jones and David Griffiths, Tananarive - king Radama's interest in education; paper making

injustice felt to result from Blanchard's exclusive commercial treaty with Radama overcome by royal command in favour of LMS; differences over work of artisan missionaries especially Thomas Rowland's abandonent of weaving (as uncompetitive) which frustrates spinning, both Rowlands and Cummins consider removal; need of printer/paper-maker; complexity of James Hastie's will and resulting issue between missionaries and his widow; goodwill of King Radama but growing French influence; attack by robbers on missionary stores; Malagasy boys in England need longer training, unsatisfactory conduct of two who returned to Madagascar.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

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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