Full text: Religion, colonising & trade

Germans. After 1709 the S.P.CK. took it under its 
wing,? possibly owing to Court influence, for Queen 
Anne’s consort, Prince George of Denmark, had a 
German chaplain. The S.P.C.K. subsidised the work, 
and the East India Company was most liberal in 
providing cost of passages and of freights, as when the 
Society sent out a printing press and printer in 1711. 
In 1726 a leading member of the Tranquebar staff, a 
talented linguist, Schultze by name, decided to begin 
mission work at Madras, and the S.P.C.K. took over 
the new mission and its founder. It seems to be a fair 
conclusion that in the eighteenth century down to 
1783 in India, which had always been pre-eminently a 
sphere of British trade as opposed toBitish settlement? 
more work was done in the direction of evangelising 
the natives than in the plantations. But it should 
be botne in mind that Protestant mission work was 
mainly carried on in Southern India, and that in the 
eighteenth century, though very slowly up to about 
1750, the East India Company developed out of an 
association of traders into territorial magnates and 
administrators of dependencies. It is reasonable to 
suppose that this development may have been accom- 
panied by sense of responsibility towards their depend- 
ants, until after 1750 the era of Clive brought with 
demoralising rapidity a flood of conquest and dominion 
and in Bengal an orgy of oppression and wickedness. 
Then it was that the term ‘nabobs’ (a corruption 
of Nawab) was coined to denote retired servants 
Lt See History of the Society, ut sup., pp. 258, etc. 
* But in 1671 a despatch from India spoke of Bombay as 2 colony. 
See Robetts, # sup., Part 1, p. 76.

Note to user

Dear user,

In response to current developments in the web technology used by the Goobi viewer, the software no longer supports your browser.

Please use one of the following browsers to display this page correctly.

Thank you.