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LIFE AND WORK

IN

BENARES AND KUMAON

1839-1877

BY

JAMES KENNEDY, M.A.
Late Missionary of the London Missionary Society, Author of "Christianity

and the Religions of India," &c.

WITH AN INTRODUCTORY NOTE

BY

SIR WILLIAM MUIR, K.C.S.I., LL.D., D.C.L.

Late Lieutenant-Governor North-Western Provinces of India

ILLUSTRATED

London
T FISHER UNWIN

26 PATERNOSTER SQUARE E.C.

1884

DS

486 B4

K35

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PREFACE.

TH

HE history of this volume can be given in a few

words. Months ago I said to a beloved relative that during the greater part of my life I had more to do than I could well accomplish, and that now, with health and strength in a measure restored, I sometimes thought I had not enough to do. He said: “Why not write the reminiscences of your Indian life?” The counsel struck me as good, and I have acted on it.

My theme has not the advantage of novelty : I cannot tell of a new country explored, and a new people brought within the knowledge of the world; but it has the advantage of greatness and variety. I am not aware that any book on Indian Missions has achieved signal success. I do not think, however, a single one has been written in vain. That must have been a singularly poor book on so great a subject which has not had something in it fitted to interest and inform readers. That must have been a very solitary, lonely missionary, who has had no friends ready to listen to what he has had to say. These books may have received little general attention ; but here and there, as the result of their perusal, there has been a more intelligent apprehension of our work, deeper sympathy with us, and heartier support rendered to us. I have ventured to add a volume to those already pub

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