Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E1/9
TitleLetter from Thomason: 1 November 1815: Calcutta
Extent1 doc.
DescriptionGives view of Calcutta Corresponding Committee that the two missionaries should come to Bengal and that Aldeen is unsuitable for purchase, but agrees that CMS should possess a site for missionary headquarters; they have a school ready for opening on a site near Calcutta, given by a native, and are only waiting for the report on the Lancasterian experimental school superintended by May of the London Missionary Society at Chinsurah; government pays May 600 rupees per month; T. has plan to buy a small piece of land adjoining CMS school site and build house there; perhaps the two new missionaries can be placed there;
10 Jan 1816: has now heard from missionaries in Ceylon; the Lancasterian system gives a limited power of reading and writing, but only trifling knowledge or means of obtaining knowledge; the bishop has no jurisdiction or concern with any but the Company's chaplains, and will not allow missionaries to preach in any place licensed by himself; he is not disposed to promote missionary labours; it seems anomalous that he will not acknowledge regularly-ordained clergy working in India by licence of the East India Company; T. suggests a plan for integrating mission work with the bishop's authority, but thinks it hopeless with the present missionaries; the bishop has deprived T. of Robertson's assistance and will not allow him to use Greenwood, as he is not a regular chaplain; stresses the importance of sending out really spiritual men as chaplains; Robertson at Dum-Dum is keeping the Hindustani school going against Corrie's return; the missionaries are not discouraged, and, if they are humble and faithful Church of England labourers, he believes the bishop will come to depend on them; Munsoor has turned out thoroughly worthless
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