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This method is proposed as more eligible, because an application to the Company to give passage to a Master, does not come with near the advantage as when they themselves offer to give his passage whenever a Master shall be recommended to them. BeGde the Society are under so many obligations already to the Company, that they would avoid troubling them with an address of this nature, except it cannot be done otherwise. I am, Sir,
Your most humble servant,
to Mr Henry Newman, Secretary to the honourable Society fur promoting Christian Know/edge, London.
-. Bombay Castle,
Sept. 17, 1719.
'T'HE repeated favours from the honourable Society, with yours of the 14th of February 1718-19, were received with all thankfulness; the books I distributed amongst the inhabitants of this Place, and your letter have made bold to lay before the Honourable Charles Boone Esq; our very worthy President; who was so well pleased with the honourable Society's offer of assistance and care in providing us an able Schoolmaster, that amongst other good works set on foot in this Place, his Honour's endeavours I am assured will not be wanting to the promoting this also, the setting up a Charity School at Bombay in imitation of that at Fort St George. W hereu pon a day being appointed, and a Sermon upon the occasion, recommending the usefulness and advantages of it, the inhabitants, to shew their good intentions to the design, after a splendid entertainment at the Governor's lodgings, subscribed unanimously and
freely Freely, though but conditionally, to the same, drawn up and proposed after the following manner.
L A U S DEO.
"Subscribed conditionally towards a Charity"School in Bombay, for educating poor Children "in the christian religion, according to the use *' of the Church of England, i. e. provided the '* honourable Company will contribute thereunto *' as they have to that at Fort St George, orprO"vided the subscriptions amount to 8000 rupees c* in two years time from the date hereof; that '• then the subscriptions to become due for the "use aforesaid, or else to be void and of no "force." Dated Bombay, Sept. 8, 1719.
This method was proposed as most eligible at present, because by making a beginning without something of a foundation, might discourage the work, and render it ineffectual; however, as a proof of our sincerity herein, the Inhabitants, animated by the Governor's liberality, raised among themselves 6000 Rupees and upwards, without stirring out of doors; of which the Governor, according to his usual generosity, lanched out 2000 Rupees himself, leaving a blank for the honourable Company, in hopes of their assistance.
We raised in all 6610 Rupees, besides the annual subscriptions of several as long as they stay in India. The Governor was not a little pleased at the success of our School, being no less ambitious of seeing it settled, than in having it first set on foot in his time; he has presented the honourable Company with a copy of the subscriptions,and acquainted them in the general letter of our want of a Schoolmaster; who will not want for due encouragement, especially if he comes recommended from the Society.
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The honour, Sir, you did me in your collection of letters was too great to be expected for so small a piece of service; be pleased, Sir, to excuse that honour for the future, and you will equally oblige me in the satisfaction of our continued friendship and correspondence.
Please, Sir, to pay my humble respects to the honourable Society, and be assured that I am, Sir, Your most humble servant,
Richard Cobbe. P. S. This comes over land by way of Persia, having the advantage of the Company's packet.
To the Rev. Mr Richard Cobbe, Chaplain to the honourable East India Company at Bombay Castle, East India.
T, c. Middle Temple,
Rev. Sir, . ._ .. r'
20th April 1721.
TV/TY last to you was of the 24th of February, 1719-20, since which I received your kind letter of the 17th of Sept. 1719, and communicated it to the Society, who were not a little pleased to find your zeal continue for erecting a Charity-School after you had near accomplished the expensive undertaking of building a Church. I hope the same blessing which has accompanied you in one of these undertakings will also attend the other.
The Society were very much pleased with your account of the Governor's liberality, and the prudence by which the subscription has been conducted; and am glad to tell you that several of the honourable Directors of the East India Company Jhew an inclination as much to favour a School at
Bombay, as they have that at Fort St George: but this Session of Parliament, which is not yet ended, has taken up so much of their time in matters of so great consequence to their own and the nation's interest, that you are not to wonder if they postpone the consideration of what has been proposed by the government ot Bombay in relation to a School, though I hope they will signify their pleasure, at least so far as may be necessary to set the affair going.
I do not repeat to you what I have said to the Governor in relation to a Master, because I presume he will inform you thereof. The Reverend Mr Watts undertook to convey a small packet of the Society's books to you, and I hope he received it in due time to send it by these ships. When I have the honour of another letter from you, pray let me know who is your friend here that fends over parcels to you, that I may sometimes give him the trouble of a small parcel which is too big to be sent among the Company's letters, and too little to be sent by itself: The rule at the India House requiring as formal an application for leave to send a thing often shillings value as of one hundred pounds value; and when I have addressed the Court for leave to stiipwhatis sent yearly to the Missionaries on the coast of Coromandel, I am ashamed to trouble them with a second address for a small matter.
May God Almighty prosper your labours: and please to believe that 1 am, with very great respect,
Your most humble servant,