Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/ACC720
TitleAccession 720
Extent1 bundle (26 microfiche)
DescriptionThe collection consists of twenty-six microfiche copies of letters written by Lawrence Hogg and his wife Caroline. The first three (1910-1920) are letters written by Lawrence Hogg in Scotland before he went to India and the last two (1921-1923) are letters of Caroline M. Dixon before she married. The remaining letters record the Hoggs' many encounters with missionaries and Indian Church leaders, Hogg's views on independence, the contacts the Hoggs had with relatives in India and Upper Egypt, and offer a portrait of Christian work in Calcutta during the 1920s.
ArrangementThis collection forms part of the Church Missionary Society Unofficial Papers. It is arranged into one series: Family papers
Finding AidsA catalogue of this collection (forming part of the wider CMS/ACC unofficial papers catalogue) is available on the online archive catalogue. Click on the Finding Number to display the summary contents list of the catalogue and to view the full catalogue. A paper copy of this catalogue is also available for consultation at Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryLawrence A. Hogg, was born in Edinburgh in 1882 the son of the missionary John Hogg. He worked for A & C Black, publishers, in Glasgow, then went to India to organise the press and book distribution service of the Young Mens' Christian Association (YMCA). He remained in India between 1921 and 1943 and was based chiefly in Calcutta, but travelled widely in North India. His work was a great success and he enabled many Indian writers to be published, as well as publishing the books of Scottish missionaries such as J.N. Farquhar and Nicol MacNicol. He was particularly close to K.T. Paul and S.K. Datta. Hogg's brother was the famous theologian and missionary A.G. Hogg and his sister, Bessie, was the head of the Church of Scotland girl's high school in Calcutta.

Caroline May Dixon came from a family of solicitors in Bristol. She went to university in Bristol where she joined the Student Christian Movement and became a student volunteer. During the First World War she spent four years learning Sanskrit and Bengali in Jersey. She was sent by the Church Missionary Society to its girls' high school in Calcutta where she worked for two years before marrying Lawrence Hogg. She was a great friend of William and Grace Paton and other ecumenical leaders.

Reference: accessed 12 October 2010
Custodial HistoryDeposited with the CMS November 1993


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