South India (Tamil),1834

Scope and Content

includes letters from:

William Taylor, Madras - translated statements from Ramasamy and Gaudapen wishing baptism; enclosed list of books in the missionary library, Madras [Chennai]; copy of letter to bishop of Calcutta [Daniel Wilson] re appeal for Christians under his censure, replies from bishop and archdeacon; studying Telugu; regrets suspension, suggests fields for future service, replies to letter of rebuke from LMS directors

John Smith, Madras - acknowledges Missionary Chronicle after shipwreck; work of Madras Auxiliary committee; start of educational work under Mr Ross; caste problems in local church; suggests mission for Coorg country [general region of Kodagu at South end of Western Ghats]; Mrs John Hands IV returning to England on health grounds; American missionaries entering India

William Drew, Madras - departure of William Reeve; wants to concentrate on mission to Indians; details of a missionary's life; suspension of church members;

Henry Bower, Madras - describes his work as Bible Society writer and Tamil reader

joint report from William Campbell and Edmund Crisp with resolutions of district committee in case of William Taylor and John Bilderbeck; William Taylor's resignation.

John Bilderbeck, Chittoor

Edmund Crisp, Combaconam [Kumbakonam] - minutes and other documents sent as Secretary of District Committee; describes Indian schools in Combaconam; caste difficulties among Christians; facts about Readers; resistance by men from Jaffna when he preached at Kodicarei [Kodikkarai], Point Calymere; rules of District Committee with amendments marked

William Addis, Coimbatore - translation of Tamil letter from first convert in Coimbatore; increased idolatry; plea for more missionaries

George Walton, Salem - encouragements; facts about marriage of Englishman and converted Indian woman at Dindagul [Dindigul]; preaching at markets

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Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Incoming Correspondence for the Tamil area, 1817-1860 (list F4), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

Archivist's Note