The Life and Epistles of St. Paul. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855 Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Collinson [sic] with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle. Perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this presentation by the former maharajah of Lahore. Duleep Singh (1838-93), the last maharajah of the Sikh Empire, had been deposed by the British following defeat in the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848-9), and sequestered in Fatehgarh in the North-West Provinces of India, a town famed for its Christian missionary activity. The maharajah converted to Christianity in r853 "this act, although facilitated by his guardians, was none the less more rapidly accomplished than even they had expected" (ODNB).
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