Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C CE E1/39
TitleLetter from Knight to Pratt: 21 October 1818: Jaffna
Extent1 doc.
DescriptionWard and himself had chartered brig to Trincomlie but on Ward's station being changed the ship was transferred to government, which was sending officers and troops to Trincomalie; K. was given a free passage for part of the way to Jaffna; arrived 26 Jul and is statying with J. N. Mooyaart, a Dutchman, Chief Magistrate of the district; Wesleyan missionaries usually work in the town whereas Americans go directly into the country; K. plans to follow American method; has chosen Nellore parish as station; population devoid of instruction except for occasional visit by Christian David, the Malabar preacher; it is a stronghold of heathenism; has rented house next to ruins of ancient Christian institution; has taken services in the Fort church; has been studying Tamil; Sir Alexander Johnston's reports to the Society have been misleading; Singhalese are not eager for education; reports progress of Wesleyan and American missionaries.
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