CARTER, Charles Henry

CARTER, Charles Henry. Leicestershire 29.10.1828 — Auckland 6.7.1914. Rev. Baptist Missionary in Ceylon. Son of Thomas Carter, a stonemason, and Anne Thomson, raised near Leicester. Became Baptist and from 1849 studied at Horton College, learning Hebrew and Greek. Arrived in the island 1853, from 1855 Pastor of the Kandy Church. In 1862-69 in New Zealand recovering from an illness, returned, but in 1881 again ill went to New Zealand becoming Baptist pastor there. Married 1853 Hannah Morton, six children. He became famous of his excellent command of Sinhalese, also knew Pāli and Sanskrit.

Publications: Sinhalese lesson Book on Ollendorf’s System. Colombo 1860; A Vernacular Sinhalese Grammar. Colombo 1862; Sinhalese verbs reduced to conjugations. Colombo 1883.

An English-Sinhalese Dictionary. Colombo 1889, 2nd rev. ed. by D. E. Hettiaratchi 535 p. Colombo 1936; Sinhalese-English Dictionary. Colombo 1924.

Revised ed. the Baptist translation of the Bible in Sinhalese. 1905.

Sources: Not in Br. Biogr. Arch. 1st & 2nd series; Wikipedia; small photo in geni.com.

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