Scope and Content

includes letters from:

William Ellis, Antananarivo - encloses letter from James Cameron on missionaries' visit to royal palace

James Sibree, Antananarivo - enclosed tracing showing relative size of Madagascar places of worship

George Cousins, Amparibe and Ambatokanga - review of past year; Christianity firmly established in Madagascar

Robert Toy, Antananarivo - critical position of missions in country largely due to injudicious missionary behaviour; Christian governor of Fianarantsoa replaced; LMS directors censure of missionaries' clash with Malagasy guards; mission press refuses advertising commission from Malagasy government

Joseph Pearse, Antananarivo - his marriage to Margaret Irvine [née Ironside]

William Pool, on board Mutlah, from Mauritius and Antananarivo

Richard Hartley, Antananarivo - review of past year; reappearance of dancing mania

Margaret Milne, Antananarivo

William Cousins, Cape Town, Port Louis (Mauritius), Antananarivo and Amparibe - review of past year; Amparibe church statistics

John Parrett, Imarivolanitra and Antananarivo - progress of printing press and school; marriage to Margaret Milne will not prevent her education work

Dr Andrew Davidson, Antananarivo - opening of the hospital; copy of his letter to Earl Russell (British Foreign Secretary) re accusations against him by consul T C Pakenham

first memorial church built at Ambatonakanga; dispute over quarry with French Catholic priest; Treaty with England made the churches the queen's property; clauses re Christians advantageous to them; departures of Julius Kessler and William Ellis; Robert Toy succeeds William Ellis as treasurer

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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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