CAREY, Felix

CAREY, Felix. 1786 (acc. to Moulton 20.10.1785) — Serampur 10.11.1822. British Missionary. Eldest son of —> W. Carey and Dorothy Plackett. Came to India with his parents in 1794. With his missionary zeal father neglected him and he was rather brought up by W. Ward. In 1807-14 he worked as missionary in Burma (Ava). He was more a linguist than a missionaey and had difficulties to find his place in life. He introduced smallpox vaccination in Burma and assisted his father in literary work in Bengali. Among his unfinished works were a Pāli grammar and a Burmese dictionary. Also knew Sanskrit. Twice a widower (Margaret Kincy d. 1808, N. Blackwell d. 1814), two further marriages (L. Ruomboa, Amelia Pope).

Publications: Published many translations in Bengali.

Grammar of the Burman Language. 351 p. Serampore 1814.

Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; *S.K. Chatterji, FC: A Tiger Tamed. 1991; *M. Laird, Oxford D.N.B. 2004; *M. Siddiq Khan, “F.C. A Prisoner of Hope”, Libri 16, 1966, 237-268; a few lines in D.N.B. 9, 1887, 65;

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