Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I1 O1-2
TitleCalcutta Corresponding Committee
Extent663 docs.
DescriptionMinutes, reports and papers
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryCalcutta Corresponding Committee was formed in Calcutta in 1807 and grants of money were allocated to it from headquarters for translation work and for employing native readers. Because it was founded by supporters in India, rather than at the instigation of CMS headquarters in London it had far more independence than a normal CMS Corresponding Committee, and in 1817 it developed into an Auxiliary Society to promote the objects of the CMS through schools, tracts and missionary establishments, with almost autonomous power. Difficulties arose concerning the relationship between the CMS missionaries, the bishop and the Calcutta Auxiliary, as well as about matters of mission administration where the views of CMS London and the Auxiliary differed. This finally led to the resignation of the Auxiliary Committee in 1838. London then appointed a Corresponding Committee on a normal footing and from then on it met regularly each month and dealt with every aspect of the administration of the mission.

1807-1826 Thomas Thomason
1820-1834 Daniel Corrie
1833-1836 Thomas Dealtry
1835-1837 Henry Chapman
1837-1840 Frederick Wybrow
1840-1847 James Innes
1847-1860 George Goring Cuthbert
1860-1871 Edward Craig Stuart
1871-1876 Joseph Welland
1876-1878 David Thomas Barry
1879-1880 Henry Perrott Parker

Assistant secretaries
[no attempt has been made to distinguish the exact dates of their holding office]
1824 George William Crauford
1826-1828 Deocar Schmid
1828-1829 A. Hammond
1836-1841 J. A. Henry
1838 R. B. Boswell
1838-1839 J. Wallis Alexander
1842-1844 E. C. H. Longden
1843 G. Pickance
1845-1847 W. H. Haycock
1848-1864 D. Phillips
1851, 1854 H. Thomas
1857 Henry S. Fisher
1861-1862 John Barton
1865-1866 John Barton
1863-1864 Timothy Sandys
1871 Henry William Shackell
1876 William Russell Blackett
1877 Alfred Clifford