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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.
Date1815
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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