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Papers of Benjamin Rice, London Missionary Society; Benjamin Lewis Rice, Bangalore High School and Director of Public Instruction, Mysore; Mary Sophia Rice, wife of B.L. Rice – 1857 uprising memoir.

Given by Dr. R.M.S. Rice

Mysore, Madras 1814-1973

  1. Benjamin Rice or Fifty years in the Master’s Service, by his son Edmund P. Rice, B.A., Published by the Religious Tract Society, b.d. 192pp. Born in 1814, sent to Bangalore by the London Missionary Society at a time when Missions were just beginning. His life there spanned half a century, nineteen years of which were spent in re-translating the Canarese Bible. The factual memoir is taken from various letters and his own journal. He died in 1887.
  2. Biographical Notes, by B. Lewis Rice, son of above. A privately printed account of his life and work in India, 1922. Born in 1837 and was Principal of the Bangalore High School in 1860. Continued to work with the Mysore Government in the Department of Education for 45 years as Inspector of Schools, Director of Public Instruction and finally, as Director of Archaeological Researches, during which time, in 1892, he discovered the Edicts of Asoka and published the Epigraphia Carnatica. 72pp.
  3. My Memoirs, by Mary Sophia Rice, wife of B. Lewis Rice. Privately printed. A factual account of Mrs. Rice’s life in India, compiled from her husband’s diaries – rather brief, but showing how widespread family connections with India were.
  4. The Autobiography of Harold Douglas Rice, son of B. Lewis Rice. Privately printed from Pinner in 1951. A memoir describing his life and work in India. Born in Bangalore in 1876, he worked with the Mysore Government as Surveyor and Chief Engineer. Also did privately assigned work for the Maharajah of Mysore. He describes much of the pleasures and excitements of road and rail building. He concludes with brief biographies of his immediate family. 47pp.
  5. Additions to my Autobiography, by H.D. Rice, Pinner, 1951. 8pp.
  6. Letter from Mr. R.W. Boote to Dr. Ronald Rice (grandson of B. Lewis Rice) referring to the above autobiography. 25 August 1959. 2pp.
  7. Simplified family tree of Rice family.
  8. Early family tree of Rice family compiled from Stonehouse and Randwick registers, 1724-1822.
  9. Detailed family tree of Rice, showing their connections with the Humphrye, Taplin, Singer and Garrett families.
  10. Items connected with members of Benjamin Lewis Rice’s family from a diary.
  11. Booklet entitled, The Rice Memorial Church Dedication and Opening Services, Bangalore 1917, 7pp., together with newspaper cutting about laying foundation stone of the Rice Memorial Church, 28 November 1912
  12. Letter from Mr. Simon Peter Rice, father of the Rev. Benjamin Rice written from London, 19 January 1850, giving a history of the families. He looked after Benjamin Rice’s children. 3 sheets (12pp).
  13. Copy of part of this letter.
  14. Certificate of marriage between Harold Douglas Rice (son of Benjamin Lewis Rice) and Phyllis Maitland Webb in Colombo. 24 October 1912.
  15. Passport (single sheet) for Benjamin Lewis Rice and his wife, 14 April 1870, signed by Lord Clarendon.
  16. Booklet, Rice Memorial Church, Bangalore City – Dedication and Opening Services – January 27-29 and February 4, 1917.
  17. Brief history of the Marikanave Project in the Mysore State, India, compiled by H.D. Rice, Executive Engineer, Mysore P.W.D. 1910.
  18. 2 photographs of Pen Rhiw, Bangalore, the house built by Benjamin Lewis Rice in 1975, one from the original, the other taken in 1973 by his grandson, Ronald M.A. Rice.