Friday February 16th 2013
Walking Stewart was not a religious man. And he
was not one to hide behind the word 'agnostic.' He was a lunatic
of course, everyone he met and who wrote about him, said so. A
wonderful madness. "Philofophy muft bow down to the microfcope."
Why he wore a tunic of an Armenian Private Soldier, is probably for me a
more useful obsession than wondering on about qualifications for
Sainthood. Clearly more often than not a political matter, most
particularly the event sometime in the 1970's when forty Saints of
British origin were suddenly created, including a man called David
Lewis, who was from the Welsh Marches. He'd been hung for being
stubborn, more than anything else.
Either way, Armenia is the oldest state to Establish
Christianity, it did so around 300 AD. For well over fifteen
hundred years Armenian traders had been doing good business with Bengal,
where Calcutta is and where Mother Teresa in buried with all her parts.
And it was in Bengal that Walking Stewart probably came into contact with
Armenians. The East India Company, who briefly employed Walking
Stewart, had made an arrangement with the Armenian community in Bengal the
essentials of which where that East India Company would finance the building
of a church in any community in Bengal where the population of Armenians
exceeding forty. Oddly enough one of the Armenian Apostolic Churches that
was probably built by Armenian Christians, long before either the Dutch or
the English set foot in India, contains a relic. It's the Left hand of
John the Baptist. I know John the Baptist's head is in Rome. His
right hand is either in Serbia or Romania or Istanbul.