Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I1 E2/45
TitleLetter from Corrie to Pratt: 4 February 1819: Calcutta
Extent1 doc.
DescriptionGives summary of the bishop's charge, pointing out that missionary effort in the early church was carried on as part of the ordinary church work, and under the supervisory control of the bishops; the bishop is doubtful of the effect of the government's charter for teachers of all persuasions to settle in India, but little harm will be done if they confine their efforts to teaching the heathen Christianity and educating them in European arts and sciences, and if they refrain from interfering with each other; it was gratifying that government has recommended an increase in the number of chaplains and that SPG had agreed to help in India; in pointing out faults he suggested no remedy; the general impression the bishop created was most unfavourable; he was authoritarian and aloof; he had a miserably poor attendance at the consecration of the burying ground; C. has been called to act as senior chaplain, but the former holder of the post has not relinquished it and C. feels himself "persona non grata"; he lost six cases of books on the river journey to Calcutta; asks for regular sending of Registers, Reports and Sermons etc. through Black of Leadenhall Street, from whom his is ordering similar publications of other societies; describes progress with transfer of Jay Narain's school; thinks Greenwood will do well at Chunar, adversity has improved him and his wife; thinks the bishop will never adopt CMS plans of agents, but will not use his powers against them; education work of Diocesan Committee is almost entirely done by them
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