Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC1028
TitleAccession 1028: Diary of Arthur Blockey Hutchinson, student at Church Missionary College 1866-1869
Extent1 volume, 2 items
Date1866-[c 1888]
DescriptionPersonal diary of CMS missionary to China and Japan, Arthur [Blockey] Hutchinson, written in the four years leading up to his first departure overseas including the three years when he was a student at Church Missionary College, Islington September 1866-1869, and the first months after his ordination when he was working in England whilst waiting to go out to the CMS mission in Hong Kong. With two papers of a later date found loosely inserted.

The diary gives a detailed and personal record of one student's experience of CM College, including observations on fellow students. It is also of note for the early photographs, including portraits of Hutchinson at the beginning (1866) and end of his training (1869); undated photographs of the C[hurch] M[issionary] Children's Home and various English church exteriors [c 1866]; Dawlish train station (1867); High Street, Budleigh Salterton (1867); St Martin's Church, Exeter (1867) and other uncaptioned images.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family Papers
Access ConditionsThe volume may be accessed by all registered researchers who abide by the additional handling conditions which apply to this volume (see physical description field below)
Access StatusOpen, but subject to some access restrictions
Physical DescriptionThe volume has some pages detached from the spine and most are loose; some pages are damaged by pests. It includes very fragile material (pressed flowers etc) and early photographs which must not be touched. Avoid placing hands, weights, glass or anything else on these pages. Desk lamps must be turned off.
Administrative HistoryArthur Blockey Hutchinson, 1841-1919, clergyman and missionary, trained at Church Missionary College Islington, 12 September 1866-1899. He was ordained 23 May 1869 (Deacon) and 12 June 1870 (Priest). On leaving training he served as Curate of Broomfeld, Essex 1870-1971, before sailing for the CMS mission at Hong Kong, China, 14 October 1871. After undertaking deputation work in England 1880-1882, he transferred to the CMS Japan Mission in March 1882 (Nagasaki). In 1910 he was appointed Archdeacon of the Church of England in Kiu-Shiu. After working 10 years in South China and 38 years in Japan, he died in Japan 22 August 1919.

He married (1) Sarah Wippell 23 June 1870 (died in Exeter, England, 1 February 1881) and (2) Elizabeth W. Gibbings 21 February 1882 (died in Bristol, England, 8 February 1940). Two of Hutchinson's sons, Archibald C. H. and Ernest G. H., followed their father into the mission field with CMS and one of his daughters taught at a girls' school in Ceylon.

Archdeacon Hutchinson's literary works include: 'Dale on the Atonement' (translation into Japanese); 'Old testament primer' in Chinese (Religious Tract Society, 1875); 'Harmony of Gospels' (Religious Tract Society, 1878); Book of Psalms and the Book of Common Prayer translation into Cantonese (1877); Ordinal of the Church of England and 39 Articles (1878); Chapters of Chinese Philosophy (1879); translation of 'Faber's Mind of Mencius' (Trubner, 1881); 'Harmony of Gospels' (in Japanese) (Religious Tract Society, 1877); 'A Cathechism of Christian Religion' (1890)' 'Fourteen Sermons of Christian Life' (1890)'; Thirty-Nine Articles with References and Notes' (1891).

1871 14 October departed for mission service in China
1879 15 March to England
1882 15 March to Nagasaki
1888 opened station at Fukoka
1891 29 October to England
1894 4 April to Fukoka
1901 13 March to England
1903 18 March Japan
1908 24 March to England
1910 8 March Nagasaki

Sources: annotated version 'Register of missionaries (clerical, lay & female) and native clergy from 1804 to 1904' (Church Missionary Society, 1905); Bishop Lea, 'The Late Archdeacon Hutchinson', CMS Japan Quarterly, December 1919, pp150-151.
Archival NoteCatalogued by I. Frlan. Cataloguing completed November 2017. Prepared in accordance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and Church Missionary Society cataloguing guidelines.


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