ADAM, Matthew Thomson

ADAM, Matthew Thomson. 17?? — 18??. Rev. British Priest in India and Author of Books on Hindi/Urdu. Ordained 1819, arrived in 1820 at Calcutta with his wife and soon proceeded to Benares, working for London Missionary Society as teacher at Hindu College. He was keen student of Hindi. In 1830 returned to England because of health problems, left the society and later moved to U.S.A. where he worked as minister.

Publications: Hindi Bhaskara Wyakarana. A Hindee Grammar, for the Instruction of the Young, in the form of Questions and Answers. Calcutta 1827 (in Hindi); Pleasing Tales, or Stories to improve the Understanding, tr. into Hinduwee. Calc. 1828 and several editions; Hindi Kosha, a Dictionary of the Hindui Language. 395 p. Calc. 1829; Dictionary, English and Hindui. 235 p. Calc. 1829, 2nd ed. 1838.

Sources: Works in Grierson’s Hindi bibliography in the L.S.I. and in the N.U.C. Not in D.N.B., Br. Biogr. Arch.; briefly in Missionary Register for 1820; J. Kennedy, Life and Work in Benares and Kumaun 1839–1877. L. 1884, 23f.

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