George Smith (1833–1919) spent many years in India as an educator and editor of the Calcutta Review. He was a great supporter of missionary work and became secretary of the foreign mission committee of the Free Church of Scotland in 1870. He also wrote popular books of missionary biography including this two-volume Life of Alexander Duff (1879). Duff (1806–1878) was the first foreign missionary of the Church of Scotland and a leading figure in promoting Christian education in India. Duff pioneered what he called 'downward filter theory' which centred on educating India's upper caste through English in the hope that this elite group would then take responsibility for the evangelisation and modernisation of South Asia. Volume 2 describes Duff's life from 1843 until his death in 1878, covering his contribution to the 1854 educational reforms in India and the founding of the University of Calcutta.
Table of Contents
16. Missionary of the Free Church of Scotland; 17. Continuity of the work; 18. Lord Hardinge's administration; 19. Death of Dr Chalmers; 20. Dr Duff organising again; 21. Moderator of the General Assembly; 22. In America and Canada; 23. The mutiny and the native church of India; 24. Last years in India; 25. In south-east Africa; 26. New missions and the result of half a century's work; 27. Dr Duff at home; 28. Peacemaking; 29. Dying; Index.