Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1845. Illustrated with wood engravings. First edition. 16 mo. 6-1/4" x 4". Greenish-grey cloth covered boards, blind stamped. Title stamped in gold. 120 pp. Heavily foxed. Some childish pencil drawings on endpapers. Binding is tight. Book is clean. Shows rubbing and expected light wear of a 177 year old book. Item #1056
View of the religion and customs of Madras and of the Tamils from the point of view of 19th century Christian missionaries. Written for children.
John Scudder was born in Freehold, New Jersey, and was educated at the College of New Jersey (1811) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York (1813). He established a successful medical practice in New York, and in 1816 married Harriet Waterbury. He sailed for Ceylon in 1819 as the first medical missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). Stationed among the Tamils of Jaffna peninsula, he was ordained by fellow missionaries in 1821 and launched a ministry of intensive evangelism together with a hospital, day and boarding schools, and training of medical students. In 1836 Scrudder was transferred to Madras, from where he did extensive touring. He spent 1842 to 1846 on health furlough in the United States, where he promoted missions with great success. Returning to India, he worked three years at Madura, then at Madras until 1845, when he went to South Africa on health leave, where he died. Scudder published many tracts in Tamil and English. Immensely dedicated and energetic, he would stand for 11 hours at a time in the Indian sun, preaching and distributing literature. Scrudder’s heritage includes seven missionary sons and two daughters. The great Medical College and Hospital at Vellore, India, was founded by his granddaughter Ida S. Scrudder. David M. Stowe, “Scudder, John,” in Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed. Gerald H. Anderson (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1998), 610. This article is reprinted from Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, Macmillan Reference USA, copyright © 1998 Gerald H. Anderson, by permission of Macmillan Reference USA, New York, NY. All rights reserved.