The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 10: An Indian Mutiny Sermon, London
An Indian Mutiny Sermon, London
THE following text was printed in a small pamphlet and published from London during 1857. It is typical of the sermons being preached up and down the British Isles at this time, which expressed the opinion that events in India were the work of an avenging God, and called on the British people to do penance in the form of prayer. The preachers informed their congregations that the massacres committed in India were a sign that God was displeased with the way in which imperial policy had been conducted and exhorted listeners and readers to pray for the conversion to Christianity of the people of India.
Extract from An Indian Mutiny Sermon, 1857
A great and perilous ...