|Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)||CMS/B/OMS/C I3 I|
|Title||Individual letter-books [outgoing]|
|Description||From 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.|
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.
|Related Material||Private letters from Henry Venn and William Gray are to be found in the main letter-book series [/L].|