FRYE, John Percival

FRYE, John Percival. London 1807 — Berhampore 16.4.1856. British Colonial Officer in India. Served in Madras Infantry. Lieutenant 1839. From 1844 as Lieutenant Assistant to the Agent in Ganjam, from 1849 Assistant to the Agent, then in 1858 (?) as Lieutenant in charge of the Agency in the Hill Tracts of Orissa (JRAS), but 1851 called Captain. His widow, Mary Jane, died in August 1856, aged 33. Perhaps there were two J. P. Fryes?

The Dravidian Kondh language is also known as Kuī. He used Oṛiyā script for writing it.

Publications: A Grammar and Progressive Reading Lessons in the Kondh language with an English Translation. Cuttack 1851.

Dialogues and Sentences in the Kondh Language, with an English Translation. Cuttack 1851; Fables in the Kondh Language, with an English Translation. Cuttack 1851.

– The History of Joseph in the Kui or Kondh Language, with an English Translation. Cuttack 1851; other religious translations.

– “On the Uriya and Khondh Population of Orissa”, JRAS 17, 1860, 1-38.

Sources: Scanty stray notes in Internet; death in East-India Register and Army List for 1856, 82; French Wikipédia (but death given as Madras ?.8.1857).

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