Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/B/OMS/G1 J 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 some of the Secretaries from 1852-1914. 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.
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialFor letters pre-1888 see China mission individual letter-books: C CH/I 1-2


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