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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Chennai / Madras 3: British Churches: Photo 23

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The caption reads in part: "Sacred to the memory of Rev. Frederick Christian Swartz, whose life was one continued effort to imitate the example of his Blessed Master, employed as a Protestant missionary from the Government of Denmark, and in the same character by the Society in England for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge. He, during a period of fifty years, 'went about doing good,' manifesting in respect to himself the most entire abstraction from temporal views, but embracing every opportunity of promoting both the temporal and eternal welfare of others. In him religion appeared not with a gloomy aspect, or forbidding mien, but with a graceful form and placid dignity. Among the many fruits of his indefatigable labours was the erection of the church at Tanjore.... The late Hyder Ally Cawn, in the midst of a bloody and vindictive war with the Carnatic, sent orders to his officers 'to permit the Venerable Father Swartz to pass unmolested and show him respect and kindness, for he is a holy man and means no harm to my Government.'... The East India Company, anxious to perpetuate the memory of such transcendent worth, and gratefully sensible of the public benefits which resulted from its influence, caused this monument to be erected. Ann. Dom 1807."

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