Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C A5 I
TitleIndividual letter-books [outgoing]
Extent1 vol.
DescriptionFrom 1826 onwards one of the Secretaries at headquarters had the primary task of writing personal letters to individual missionaries [as distinct from the official letters to the mission secretary]. A series of volumes for these private and confidential letters was used by many of the Secretaries from 1852 to about 1880. Most of the volumes are marked as 'Individual Letter-books' and contain not only personal letters, such as those of condolence or censure, but (for some Secretaries) topics that the individual Secretary had a special interest in.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryChristopher Fenn was the last Secretary to be appointed specifically to write these personal letters and he continued the practice until his retirement in 1894.
Related MaterialFor East Africa all the letters (apart from one in 1863 from Robert Lang) are from Fenn. Private letters from Dandeson Coates, Henry Venn, Edward Hutchinson and Robert Lang are to be found in the main letter-book series [/L].