seeking out various links, not really knowing where they will lead. Reading the newspaper Friend of India from 1819, published in Serampore, this report on the distribution of bibles in Iceland caught my eye. Serampore Mission publishing house was the first translator of the bible into Bengali. This however treats of Iceland and poetry, though the flourish of words in the prose preamble is itself worth of study.
Later, the same newspaper reports a story from a meeting of an anti-slavery group [Wilberforce in attendance] with mention of an ‘industrious girl’ spinning cotton. Recall that the export of spun cotton to India destroyed local weavers’ livelihoods… and left their bones bleaching on the plains (Marx in the NYDT 1853 quoting Gov-General William Bentinck).
All this is from Friend of India Annual, Vol 2 1819 Serampore: Mission Press
Free online at http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/news/einews/#friend
Moral of the story: do not give money to these god-botherin’ people.