Dubois, Jean Antoine

Dubois, Jean Antoine a French missionary, one of the directors of the seminary of foreign missions, member of the Asiatic societies of Paris and London, and of the Literary Society of Madras, was born in 1765 at St. Remeze (Ardeche). About 1791 he went to Mysore to preach Christianity, his principal residence being at Pettah, near Seringapatam. After thirty-two years of sojourn in India, he returned to Europe with the strong conviction that in the actual state of affairs the conversion of the Hindus was impossible. This opinion, which he advanced in his Letters on the State of Christianity in India (Lond. 1823), became in England the object of very lively. attacks. He died at Paris, February 7, 1848. For the list of Dubois' other writings, see Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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