|Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)
|CMS/B/OMS/C J O
|Original papers [incoming]
|351 docs. (including journals)
|The original papers comprise all incoming papers sent to headquartes by the mission secretary (or occasionaly directly from the missionaries and others.) They consist mainly of letters and journals.
|The papers were marked on arrival with the date of receipt and/or date on which the committee dealt with them, and were numbered in red ink, in the order in which they arrived at headquarters. Some of them were initialled by the Secretary who read or dealt with them. The majority of the papers were then copied in full into the mission books. The papers appear to have been kept in wooden boxes, about ten years or so for each box. There were bundles of papers of various kinds such as those relating to local conferences, as well as letters and papers from individuals. These bundles have very largely been kept together by subject, but amalgamated by years. The main bulk of the papers, however, have been sorted according to the various individuals who wrote them, and are arranged alphabetically.
|There is no separate series of mission books for the Japan mission. Incoming papers were copied into the China mission-books, which from 1875 contain separate sections for Japan. [See China for explanation of mission books and relevant entries].