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J. H. Pratt

John Henry Pratt (1809-1871) edited the Notes of the Eclectic Society recorded by his father, Josiah Pratt (reprinted by the Trust as The Thought of the Evangelical Leaders).

John Pratt was appointed a chaplain of the East India Company, through the influence of Bishop Daniel Wilson, in 1838. He became Wilson’s domestic chaplain (1844), and was in 1850 appointed Archdeacon of Calcutta, where his ‘ripe scholarship, intellectual eminence, and high character, had won for him a position of influence far more important than could have been given him merely by his ecclesiastical status.’

Pratt had attended Oakham School, Rutland, before matriculating at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1829. He received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1833 being ranked as third Wrangler, an excellent result, and was elected to a Fellowship of Caius. In 1836 he received his M.A. from Christ’s and Sidney Sussex College. He wrote a number of papers on scientific subjects, and published a work under the title Scripture and Science Not at Variance. He died of cholera died in Ghazipur in 1871 after thirty-three years of service to the diocese of Calcutta.