Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C C1 I
TitleIndividual letter-books [outgoing]
Extent2 volumes
DescriptionHard-back volumes containing private and confidential correspondence between Secretaries of the CMS UK office (London) and missionaries of the North-West America Mission and North Pacific Mission.
Access ConditionsMicrofilm or digital copies are made available in place of the originals.
Access StatusOpen, but subject to some access restrictions
Administrative HistoryFrom 1826 onwards, one of the Secretaries at the CMS UK office ('headquarters') had the primary task of writing personal letters to individual missionaries as distinct from the official letters to the North-West Canada (initially North-West America) Mission Secretary.

A series of volumes for these private and confidential letters were used by some of the Secretaries from 1852 to 1914. Most of the volumes are marked '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.

Christopher Fenn was the last Secretary to be appointed specifically to write these personal letters and he continued the practice until his retirement in 1894. The East Asia (Group 1) Secretaries continued to use the volumes until 1914; their letters mainly comprise the acknowledgment of missionaries' Annual Letters.


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