Name of creator(s): Hoole | Elijah | 1798-1872 | missionary and Orientalist
Administrative/Biographical history: Born in Manchester, England, 1798; educated at Manchester grammar school, 1809-1813; assisted in his father's shoemaking business; following private study, became a probationer for the Wesleyan ministry, 1818; appointed by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (WMMS), 1819; lost his possessions in a shipwreck on the way to Madras, India; arrived, 1820; a pioneer missionary in the area, serving at Bangalore, Negapatam, Madras, and Seringapatam; elected a member of the committee for revising the Tamil version of the Bible, 1822; his Tamil translations included a hymnbook, 1825; left India owing to ill-health, 1828; returned to England, 1829; employed at Missionary House, London, 1829-1830; superintendent of schools in Ireland, 1830-1834; returned to London, 1834; Assistant Secretary of the WMMS, 1834-1836; married Elizabeth (d 1880), daughter of the lockmaker Charles Chubb, 1835; WMMS General Secretary, 1836-1872; Honorary Secretary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel among the Jews and of the Home for Asiatics, London; Doctor of Divinity; died, 1872. Publications include: Personal Narrative of a Mission to the South of India, from 1820 to 1828 (1829); Madras, Mysore, and the South of India: or, a personal narrative of a mission to those countries from 1820 to 1828 (2nd edition, 1844); Dureisani-Tamil-Puttagam: the Lady's Tamil Book; containing the Morning and Evening Services, and other portions of the Book of Common Prayer, in ... Tamil ... with an Anglo-Tamil grammar and vocabulary (1859); introduced E J Robinson's Tamil Wisdom: traditions concerning Hindu sages, and selections from their writings (1873); contributed articles to the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society and London Quarterly Review.
Custodial history: The papers were deposited with the Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries. According to the first page, the journal was a continuation of another journal commenced at Madras in 1820.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society from 1978.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Journal, 1825-1829, of Elijah Hoole on his mission in India, describing his missionary work and life in India. The last few entries mention his illness in 1828 and return to England, and the journal ends in January 1829.
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ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche. Originals to be consulted only with written agreement from the Methodist Church.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Physical characteristics: The latter half of the volume is blank.
Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/WMMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Elijah Hoole (Ref: MMS/WMMS India Correspondence Madras), and an agreement between Hoole and Messrs Hall & Co for building a three-masted schooner, 1866 (Ref: MMS Box 1032).
Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers (SOAS ref: Fiche Box Number Special Series 21).
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Dictionary of National Biography; Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers (1869); Wesleyan Methodist Church Minutes of Conference (1872), pp 32-4; British Library OPAC.
Date(s) of descriptions: Mar 2002