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Cree syllabic hymn book
Evans, James (1801-1846.)
1801-1846. Born Kingston-upon-Hull, England; converted to Methodism; followed parents to Canada, 1822; appointed to take charge of Rice Lake School, 1828; studied Ojibway and sought to express it in syllabic rather than alphabetic form; appointed Methodist deacon and sent as missionary to Mud Lake and Rice Lake (1830), Credit Mission (1831), Ancaster (1832); ordained and stationed at St Catherine's (1833), Sarnia (1834), Lake Superior area (1838), Guelph; by 1836 developing written language system in syllabics; appointed Superintendent of Missions of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in the Hudson's Bay Territory, stationed at Norway House, 1840; perfected and found acceptance for his system of syllabic characters for Cree language; with hand-made materials printed Cree syllabic hymnbook, the first book printed in the Canadian West; sent to London to be investigated on various charges by Wesleyan Society; died in Kelby, England, before investigation complete (Victoria University Library).