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LEWIS , WILLIAM ( 1814 - 1891 ), Calvinistic Methodist missionary and linguist ;

b. at Manchester , of Welsh parents, he set his mind on serving the China Mission under the London Missionary Society . In 1839 he entered the Bala C.M. College . In 1842 was ordained for the newly opened mission field of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists in India . M. to Mary Roberts , of Towyn, Mer. , he arrived on the Khasia Hills in Jan. 1843 ; he baptised his first converts in 1846 . He published a number of books in the Khasi language, completing the translation of the New Testament from Mark to Revelation , and, in conjunction with his wife, issued the Pilgrim's Progress in Khasi . Returning in 1861 in poor health, and unable to undertake any further missionary work , he was for years actively engaged on a revision of the Khasi Scriptures and other Khasi literature. He d. at Wrexham , 6 May 1891 .

Sources:

  • J. Hughes Morris , The history of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists' foreign mission to the end of the year 1904 , 1910 .

Author:

Rev. Dr. Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959