Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I2 E1/111
TitleLetter from Pratt to Rhenius: 27 November 1817: CM House
Extent1 doc.
DescriptionR. mentioned having begun "a proper form of a congregation" but does not appear to have referred the matter to the Corresponding Committee as he should have done; urges necessity of economy; the Society has overspent by £2000 and "of upward of 50 Englishmen who offered themselves as missionaries but all of whom were declined, many would have been received if our funds would have enabled us"; Committee cannot undertake to send clothes to missionaries, but this once, as an exception, send the six pairs of silk stockings R. asked for
Postscript: "Though I have already mentioned your communicating in all things with the Corresponding Committee I recur to that subject for a moment because the Society feels this a matter of radical importance. No step of any consequence (particularly such as may involve expense, or lead to connections with any persons who may wish to gain your confidence, or in any way affect your characters or the mission) must be taken without the sanction of the Corresponding Committee; and their judgement must guide in every case, even of difference of opinion should such unhappily arise, till the Society can send its own decision" [copy].
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