Evans, James

Evans, James the celebrated Canadian missionary among the Indians, brother of Reverend Ephraim Evans, D.D., entered upon the missionary work at St. Clair, Ontario, in 1834. He labored at Rice Lake, Credit, Ancaster, and other places. To his mental vigor and indomitable perseverance the Indians are indebted for many advantages. Not the least of these is a written and printed character of their language, invented by Evans. He left behind him many papers, both in print and manuscript — a private journal, translations, Indian vocabularies, letters, etc. He died suddenly, while on a visit to England, at Keelby, Lincolnshire, November 23, 1846. Evans was a warm friend, a man of genius, an enterprising explorer, a devoted missionary, and an humble Christian. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1847, page 462; Carroll, Case and his Contemporaries (see index, volume 5).

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