A journal of Harriet L. Winslow, who spent 30 years in Ceylon as described in the second half of the book. Mostly journal entries about her missionary work, but with some interesting details of Ceylon at that time. Compiled by her husband, Miron Winslow.
About Harriet L. Winslow (from Wikipedia):
Harriet Winslow (1796–1833) born in Norwich, Connecticut, was a prominent missionary attached to American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. She was married at the age of twenty three to fellow missionary Rev. Miron Winslow. They were both deputed to Ceylon now Sri Lanka as part of the American Ceylon Mission. She founded Asia’s first all-girls boarding school in Uduvil, Jaffna called Uduvil Girls’ College. It was called Missionary Seminary and Female Central School.
About Miron Winslow (from Wikipedia):
Miron Winslow (11 December 1789 – 22 October 1864) was an American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions missionary to the American Ceylon Mission, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where he established a mission at Oodooville and founded a seminary. He founded a mission station at Madras, the first and chief station of the American Madras Mission.
He published several books, notably, A History of Missions and A Comprehensive Tamil and English Dictionary of High and Low Tamil, a Tamil to English lexicon which took twenty years of missionary labor to compile sixty-seven thousand Tamil words. This dictionary was based in part on manuscript material of the pastor Joseph Knight, of the London Missionary Society, and the Rev. Samuel Hutchings, of the American mission, and was the most complete dictionary of a modern Indian language published at that time. The book later become the basis for the more exhaustive Tamil Lexicon dictionary published by the University of Madras in 1924.