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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I E/99
TitleLetter from Pratt to Thomason: 9 March 1815: London
Extent1 doc.
Date1815
DescriptionNorton and Greenwood were able to join the 'Chapman' as 10 days after sailing she had put in to Plymouth, having sprung her masts; news has come of arrival of five Wesleyan Methodist missionaries in Ceylon, so it may be better for Norton to go to Madras, Greenwood and Schroeter to Calcutta; Lutherans will be sent to Ceylon as soon as possible, as they are acceptable; Greenwood is not a good correspondent, but committee expect detailed accounts from him; salary scale has been altered to £100 for single missionary, £125 for married missionary and £10 for each child, subject to variation if local conditions make this necessary; salaries are to date from day of ship's final departure from England, arrears accumulated on voyage being paid on arrival at station, which will cover expenses of settling in etc, if necessary missionaries can draw one quarter's salary in advance; CMS auxiliaries or committees are to pay stipends; good prospect of auxiliaries at Madras and Ceylon; representatives of CMS in each presidency and Ceylon are to be independent of each other, Madras will therefore be allowed £500 per annum and Calcutta may only draw £1500, not £2000 as earlier mentioned; CMS has offered care of Dr. John's schools to Royal Danish College; Africa and New Zealand appear promising scenes of mission activity; encloses letters from Mrs. Brown; plan of acquisition of land is being followed in Sierra Leone and appears "true wisdom"; Thomason may judge whether or not Aldeen will be a good place; possibility of schools is being considered; a rotatory press has been invented and is in use in Cambridge; perhaps CMS could have a printing press and share work at present solely done by Baptists; Samuel Lee, self-taught Orientalist, is at Queen's College, supported by CMS, although intended for CMS seminary in England, he could perhaps be sent to India instead; T.'s offer of training students accepted thankfully, though at present there are no suitable young men; cannot pay missionaries as much as they would get as chaplains; T.'s mention of £600 per annum for missionary at Agra, or £300 for schoolmaster, is alarming; if paid at this rate the number of European missionaries will be small; suggestion concerning use of native readers was not intended to refer to unconverted natives, though these might be placed as schoolmasters [copy]
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