Printed on Silk: a welcoming address, headed 'To The Honourable J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E., British Resident, Travancore and Cochin.' Giving details of the institution, set up 'to revive the prestige of the ancient Syrian Community'.

Author: 
'The members of the Managing Committee, teachers and students of the Mar Dionysius Seminary [ J. D. Rees, British Resident, Travancore and Cochin; M. Manorama Press, Kottayam; British India ]
Publication details: 
'Kottayam, 31st October 1896.' Printer's slug: 'Printed by the M. Manorama Press, Kottayam 1896.'
£280.00
SKU: 20057

The item is from the papers of the recipient of the address J. D. Rees, and is probably unique. In any case, no other copy has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC. Dimensions 22 x 34cm. Printed in black on one side of a piece of orange-yellow silk, hemmed top and bottom and with selvedged sides. In good condition, lightly aged. Tipped-in onto a leaf removed from an album. With the exception of the printer's slug, the text is enclosed within a decorative border and is headed: 'To | The Honourable | J. D. Rees, F.R.G.S., M.R.A.S., C.I.E. | British Resident, | Travancore and Cochin.' Addressed 'Honoured Sir' and ending 'We beg most respectfully to subscribe | Your most obedient Servants | The members of the Managing Committee, teachers and students of the Mar Dionysius Seminary.' Thirty-two lines of text, beginning: 'With feelings of profound respect and sincere regard we welcome Your Honour to this Institution, which while imparting an adequate western education free from every tine of sectarian influences, is calculated to revive the prestige of the ancient Syrian Community.' The rest of the text describes the 'Institution', which has been brought 'to its present condition within the short period of four years', due to 'several philanthropic gentlemen the foremost among whom being the late Mr. James Darrahgh of Alleppy.' Also mentioned are 'our beloved Metropolitan, the Most Revd. Mar Dionysius', 'the late Dewan Peishcar of Kottayam, Mr. Raja Rama Row', 'that veteran educationist the late Mr. Grigg through whose recommendations the Institution was recognised by the Madras University as a High School' and 'His Gracious Highness the Maha Raja of Travancore', the latter having 'made a handsome donation of Rs. 500 to the Christian hostel in connexion with this Institution. We have also begun the construction of another building to be utilized as a hostel for our Hindu boys.' The text notes: 'One peculiar feature of this Institution is that along with Malayalam and Sanskrit, Syriac is also introduced as an optional language in the lower classes; and it is hoped that this will help to raise the status of the Syrian clergy.' See Wikipedia for biography of Rees, administrator (India) and author.