Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/C CE I
TitleIndividual letter-books [outgoing]
Extent2 vols.
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 1914. 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.

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 Africa (Group 3) Secretaries stopped using the books in the 1880s, but the Asia (Group 1) Secretaries continued to use the volumes until 1914. Their letters, however, mainly comprise the acknowledgment of missionaries' annual letters.

For Ceylon the letters from 1867 to 1882 are solely from Fenn. Private letters from Henry Venn are to be found in the main letter-book series [/L]
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryCeylon mission transferred from Group 1 to Group 2 June 1913


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