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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C I2 E2/59
TitleLetter from Norton to Pratt: 26 January 1818: Allepie
Extent1 doc.
Date1818
DescriptionBoth the governor and Twisleton appoved his preaching in Ceylon; missionary work in Allepie area will involve much travelling as churches are scattered about 200 miles in length and 30-40 in breadth; expects church will be opened in May; has begun an orphan asylum with at present four boys and one girl; expense is very little, food and clothing for one day for each child being only three farthings; Madras committee has not mentioned N.'s return to Ceylon and N. does not desire it; thanks Pratt for hints on respectability but "aspiring to the appearance etc., of lucrative Company officers, I am thankful to say is not my case ..... a change of linen daily and a means of conveyance when going out in this hot country are essentially necessary, exposure to the sun being at the peril of our lives"; when they see "an Englishman continually plodding through the sand in his dirty garb like the half cast Portuguese or Dutchman they will pour contempt on him and even insult him"; regrets trouble with Thompson; had asked for £10 extra for each child and help when son was thought to be dying, which was refused; £200 was not enough to keep his family except on bare rice and water; would like a neat pulpit and table for the church, also a bell, as unlike Thompson N. considers a bell of great use.
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