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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C CE E1/38
TitleLetter from Mayor to Bickersteth: 12 October 1818: Point de Galle
Extent1 doc.
Date1818
DescriptionHave been staying with Mr. [James] Chater, the Baptist missionary; describes bishop of Calcutta's advice to archdeacon relating to reception of missionaries; set out for Galle; stayed on way with Mr. [W. B.] Fox, Wesleyan missionary; living with Mr. and Mrs. Glenie, Colonial Chaplain; majority of the congregation are soldiers; most people speak Dutch or country-Portuguese; hopes to establish Malabar school for Moslem children; has had frequent conversations with a Buddhist priest; believes Buddhism to be declining in favour of paganism; need, when stationed in villages, for two missionaries to be together; Lambrick has been appointed Assistant Chaplain to the forces; has heard rumour that Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper [his sister and brother-in-law] have offered services to CMS; hopes this is true and they will come out to Ceylon; describes living expenses;
29 Oct: Has explored villages bordering on river Gindra as far as Maplegam, 30 miles distant; gives extracts from journal of tour.
31 Oct: Asks for supply of national school books and other supplies; financial affairs; asks for suit of thin black cloth, which will be supplied cheaply by "a pious man living at 19, Finch Lane, near the Exchange"; would like papers about controversy; newspapers come free of postage; governor allows all packages from CMS to pass customs duty-free.
Access StatusOpen