Rev. Thomas Blanshard, Book-Steward, Methodist Book Room, City Road, London [ Rev. George Johnstone (c.1765-1821), Methodist missionary in the West Indies ]
[ Methodist Book Room, City Road ] London. 3 January 1820.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight loss to text from breaking open of seal, and some repair with archival tape, and a square of paper neatly cut away from second leaf. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Revd G Johnstone | Methodist Chapel | Kingstone | Jamaica'. Letter on one page and 'Mr G Johnstone Dr in account with T Blanshard'. Writing to his 'Dear Bro[th]er', he hopes that Johnstone will be able to settle the annexed account 'at your ensuing District Meeting'.
Rev. Thomas Grinfield (1788-1870), Bristol clergyman and hymnwriter [ Lady Catherine Cholmley; Rev. Cornelius Neale (1789-1823) of St John's College, Cambridge, and the London Missionary Society ]
Undated, but circa 1833, the year of the publication of the pamphlet.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On heavily aged and worn paper. Begins: 'Mr Grinfield, with his kind respects to Lady Cholmley, begs permission to submit the accompanying "Memoir & Remains of Mr Neale" to her perusal, having received a few copies (of which this is the last) for private disposal; - the price being 8/6d.
C. Maude Battersby, Irish writer [ George Lawrence Pilkington (1865-1897) ['Pilkington of Uganda'], British missionary; Church Missionary Society ]
Dated by Battersby from 'Cromlyn Rathowen Ireland | Jan 16th. 1898.'
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with vertical closed tear along crease line to second leaf. Poem of thirty-six lines, arranged in six six-line stanzas. Biblical quotation ('2 Sam iii. 38') as epigram. The first stanza reads: 'We see no more your kindly face, | We hear no more your cheery voice, | But in our hearts you keep your place | And in your joy we can rejoice | Oh happy soldier of the King, | Rich trophies to whose Feet you bring'.
John Van Ess, American missionary in Iraq, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary [ Ethel Stefana Drower [ E. S. Drower ] (1879-1972; née Stevens), cultural anthropologist and romantic novelist]
American Mission, Basra ['Basrah'], Iraq. [1944.]
Letter: 2pp., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, tipped-in onto the front pastedown of the book. He is sending the book registered, 'as a precaution against confiscation', and is looking forward to her 'new book', and has 'told N. Testament scholars in the U.S.' to look out for it. 'Like Lloyd, I am sure I will disagree with parts of it!
Henry Winter Syle, M.A. Pastor of All Souls' Church for the Deaf, Missionary of the Pennsylvania Diocesan Commission on Church Work among Deaf Mutes [William R. Cullingworth of Philadelphia]
Philadelphia: Wm. R. Cullingworth, 517 Locust Street, 1886.
36pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with historic repairs to last leaf, and slight damage to spine from disbinding. Printed grey front wrap only. With stamp and label of the Educational Library, Science & Art Department, London. An attractive production, with numerous illustrations including several sign-language alphabets. Scarce: no copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat.
William Deerr (1790-1862), German weaver and missionary, ordained 1818, and sent out by the Church Missionary Society to Burdwan and Krishnagurh, India [Daniel Corrie (1777-1837), Bishop of Madras]
Burdwan, West Bengal, India. 12 July 1827.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. 53 lines. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with discoloration at the head of both leaves, not affecting the text of the letter. He is sending his 'account for June; and also a Copy of my journal', having 'returned some days ago from Culna'. He feels that 'Things bear a favourable appearance there', and would like to mention an idea he has had. 'Some respectable people of Krishnugur invited me to come to them & to make that place my residence.
London: Published by the China Inland Mission, 6 Pyrland Road N. May 1878 [Stanfords Geogl Estabt, 55 Charing Cross, London].
61.5 x 47cm (map proper 48.5 x 43cm), faint fold marks, minimal foxing, good condition, with loose card backing, clingfilmed. The China Inland Mision was founded in 1865. This was presumably the first map prepared by them.
[George A. Wilcox of Detroit; Daniel Hand (1801-1891) of Madison, Connecticut, Christian philanthropist, benefactor of the American Missionary Association]
Rooms of the American Missionary Association, 56 Reade Street, New York. 1889.
31 +  pp., small 4to. With frontispiece engraved portrait of Hand. In original cream printed wraps, with 'DANIEL HAND.' printed on front cover in brown ink. In good condition, lightly-aged and worn. Presentation inscription at head of front cover: 'for Mrs. Evans - | with Compliments of G. A. Wilcox | Detroit.' Eight copies at American libraries on OCLC WorldCat, and the only copy on COPAC at the British Library. The manuscript, in Wilcox's hand, is 3pp., 12mo, on bifolium 1880s letterhead of the Hotel Metropole, London.
Sidney L. Gulick [Sidney Lewis Gulick (1860-1945); Matsuyama Factory Girls' Home, Japan]
Dated 1 August 1907.
12pp., 4to, plus three leaves of plates on art paper. Stapled, in original buff printed wraps. A fragile item. Fair, on aged high-acidity paper, in chipped and worn wraps. Images captioned 'The First Photograph of the Sympathy Society', 'At School', 'At Play' and 'The Home'. Sections on the conversion of Shinjiro Omoto, and the 'Sympathy Home' ('Dojokwan'). Final 'Financial Statement' and 'Plans for Enlargement'. No copy on COPAC.
Birmingham, Printed for Thomas Groom, Islington Row, no date [Groom's trade dates in BBTI 1835-1850 but a child former owner has added the date 19 Feb. 1818]
[continued] in the UNited States of America to which is appended an Extract of a Letter from Mrs Wade, of the Burman Mission. Chapbook, 32pp., 16mo, blue paper wraps, poor condition (worn, stained, partly detached), some names of former (young) owners (mainly Master George Creed) crudely written on inside cover (missing front ep?) and back ep recto. There is a note on p., implying an earlier edition, "The only abridgment in this edition is a few lines, recommending the formation of Plain Dress Societies in America." However, COPAC records only one copy Bodley, imprint Bristol 1840).
Algernon Wells [Rev. Algernon Wells (1793-1850), Secretary of Mill Hill Grammar School, and to the Colonial Missionary Society] [Evangelical Dissenters]
London: Printed by J. Unwin, 31, Bucklersbury. 1845.
12mo, 15 pp. Stitched and unbound. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Described by Wells as 'an attempt, however feeble, to set forth the character and design of that interesting establishment', Mill Hill Grammar School, and 'designed to exhibit favourably a Public Grammar Education, rendered select by strict religious oversight; and to show the importance that Evangelical Dissenters should possess a permanent Institution for securing such an education for the sons of their more respectable families'.
Joseph Wolff (1795-1862), known as 'the Eccentric Missionary' [Stratford Canning (1786-1880), 1st Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe]
18 February 1858; Ile-Brewers [Isle Brewers], Taunton, Somerset.
12mo, 1 p. On bifolium. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Stub from mount adhering to second leaf, which is docketed by Stratford Canning. In the letter Wolff thanks him for his 'very generous contribution', which has 'safely reached' him. He sends 'many respects to the Lady Stratford & Miss Canning'.
Rev. Robert Clark (died 1900), Secretary, The Church Missionary Society, Punjab [Clarkabad, Pakistan]
Docketed in pencil 'March 1898'.
Foolscap (32 x 20.5 cm), 2 pp. Bifolium. 51 lines of text, in neat copperplate, followed by a list, in the same hand, of sixteen signatories. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with slight creasing at head. Clark, after whom the town of Clarkabad is named, was described by a contemporary as 'perhaps the most famous missionary in the Panjab for length of service and energy of work'. The address describes instances in which Clark has shown himself to be 'a well-wisher, heart and soul of the Indian Christians'. The section begins 'On your recommendation the Revd. Mr. Daud Singh, Mr.
Church Missionary Society [New Holland (Western Australia); Australiana; Sierra Leone; Africa]
Missionary Paper, No. LXXV. Michaelmas Day, 1834. ['This paper may be had of L. B. SEELEY & SONS, 169 Fleet Street, Pice 1/2d., or 3s. 6d. per 100'.
12mo (leaf dimensions 21 x 13.5 cm), 4 pp. Unbound bifolium. Text and illustrations clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper with sunning to margin in top outer corner. Circular 1 cm red ink stamp of the Webster Collection, with number 2600, at foot of final page. Short article on first page, entitled 'Account of Native Superstitions'. Preceded by an engraved 'view of Sierra- Leone from the sea'.
Marcel Luwel [Frantz Cornet; the Belgian Congo; Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale; Belgium]
1960: Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer. Classe des sciences morales et politiques. Mémoires in-8o. Nouvelle série. Tome XXIV, fasc. 1. (Histoire). Rue de Livourne, 80A, Bruxelles 5. [Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale.]
8vo: 87 pp. In original light-green printed wraps. Internally very good. Front wrap with minor spotting and slight damage to one corner. Presentation copy, signed on title 'To Mrs. H. Stanley from M. Luwel | 14. XI. 1960.' Inventory divided into ten sections, beginning with 'Baptist Missionary Society' and 'Missions protestantes au Katanga', and ending with 'Uele'. Uncommon: copies at the British Library, Oxford, Cambridge, University of London and SOAS.
Rev. J. D. Valentine, Rev. H. Davis, et al. [J. Johnston, illustrator; the Church Missionary Society; serpent worship in India; West African native catechist preaching; Santal]
No. 79. October, 1875.'
12mo: 8 pp. Unbound. Text and illustrations complete and clear. On grubby, creased and spotted paper. Title enclosed in a decorative border, and carries a 9.5 x 6.5 cm illustrating the article 'Serpent Worship in India'. Second article entitled 'Mission-work in East Africa.' Third article, 'Native Catechist Preaching', accompanied by a full-page illustration captioned 'West African Native Catechist Preaching'. Fourth article: 'Progress in Shaou-Hying' by the Rev. J. D. Valentine. Fifth and final article, 'Baptism and Death of a Santal Boy' ('The Rev. H.
From a collection of material relating to William Bragg, Printer, of Cheapside, Taunton, Devon. Printed on one side of a piece of wove paper, 22 x 27.5 cm. Grubby and lightly creased, with central spike hole, slight wear and loss to extremities, and 5 cm closed tear. Text clear and entire. Twelve lines of printed text, in a variety of types and point sizes, reading 'A Sermon, on behalf of the Home Missionary Society, will be preached at Paul's Meeting, Taunton, On Friday Evening, April 14, 1826. By The Rev. John Thomas, Minister of the New Chapel, Highgate.
Dated October 29th. 1826. | W. Bragg, Printer, Cheapside, Taunton.'
On both sides of a piece of wove paper, roughly 23 x 18 cm. On lightly discoloured and creased paper, with central spike hole affecting two words. Two manuscript changes in ink on the recto: 'TAUNTON' amended to 'Wivelscombe' and the twenty-one names of the Society's officers cancelled. A handful of changes, in ink and pencil, on reverse. Mainly taken up with ten 'Principles and Regulations'. Seven-line footnote in small print on recto, concerning a 'FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE'. BBTI lists William Bragg as active in Taunton before 1830.
The piece relates to 'the death by starvation of Commander A. Gardiner and the whole of the party sent out by the Patagonian Missionary Society in September 1850, to Picton Island, the southern extremity of America'. '3 columns, each 13½ inches by 2¾, attached to a piece of grey paper, and a fourth column, 3¾ inches by 2¾, attached to another piece. Discoloured and with minor spotting but in good condition overall. The article consists exclusively of transcriptions of two letters from Captain W. H. Morshead, H.M.S.
The Hausa Association [George Taubman-Goldie; John Owen Murray]
London, 20th May, 1897.'
Quarto: 4 pp. Bifolium. Unbound. Creased and grubby. Half-page map ('Sketch to show position of Hausa-land'). Headed in red ink 'Funds are urgently needed both to secure the results already obtained and to carry forward the work.' 'The Hausa Association, For Promoting the Study of the Hausa Language and People' is said here to have been founded in 1891 in memory of the Rev. John Alfred Robinson.
Samuel MIller of Princeton; Norman M'Leod, Minister of Campsie; George Bellis, Secretary to the Presbyterian Missionary Society of Ireland [T. Mairs, printer Belfast, Ulster]
Vol.V. No.L. Nov. 1833. Belfast: Published by William M'Comb, 1, High-street and Corn-market; [...] sold by W. Curry, Jun. & Co. and James Burnside, Dublin; M. Hempton, Derry; George Dugan, Ballymena. [T. Mairs, Printer, Joy's Entry, Belfast.]
12mo, 40 pp, paginated 37-76. Stitched and unbound, in original light-brown printed wraps (printed on both sides). Text clear and entire, but rather grubby and aged, and with a little light staining at head of first and last leaf. Wraps creased, particularly at rear. Includes an essay (37-49 pp.) on 'The Religious Education of Children' by Samuel Miller, 'Princeton, April, 1833.' and 'Synod of Ulster - Home Mission, to the Rev. George Bellis, Secretary to the Presbyterian Missionary Society for Ireland, Campsie Manse, 23 Oct. 1833' by Norman M'Leod, Minister of Campsie.
Prob. missionary. Two pages, folio, minor defects, tect clear and complete. He is seeking his correspondent's help "in carrying on our mission at Badagry. They are so far from the Cape coast that they have difficulties getting supplies of cash [?] etc. "and shall be obliged if you will pay Mr Johnson (one of the Proprietors of the Brig 'Queen Victoria' of Sierra Leone) in ready cash £56-19-8 Sterling on my account and draw a Bill [underlined] for the amount on the Committee in London for sundry expenses for the Badagry Mission.
David Bogue (1750-1825), British nonconformist minister, whose academy at Gosport was 'the seed from which the London Missionary Society grew'
Gosport 6th April 1825'.
Three pages, 12mo. Good, on aged paper, but with the verso of the second leaf of the bifolium covered by previous brown-paper mount. 'Mr Cecil' has passed on Procter's letter. 'The object of your Society is highly commendable, & I wish it much success.' He is 'promoting the same end, by giving what [he] can spare, to Ministers in the neighbourhood'. Praises 'Gentlemen in London' for their 'liberality in assisting poor Ministers at a distance'. '[I]n the country we have as many in our neighbourhood as we are able to relieve'.
George Thompson Brown Davis [John Wilbur Chapman; Charles McCallon Alexander]
Letter from 'The Advertisers': 20 July 1908, Birmingham [England]; letter from Davis: 27 November 1908, 158 Fifth Avenue, New York City.
American evangelist (1873-1967), founder of the Pocket Testament League and the Million Testaments Campaign. One page damp-affected but text clear, some creasing. The letter from Davis is mounted on a leaf from an autograph album, and the two leaves of the other item are both glued along one edge to the same leaf. Letter from the Advertisers, two pages (on two leaves of different size), quarto. Some words of text on second leaf obscured through first leaf being glued over left-hand margin of leaf, but legible through paper of first leaf.
English ecclesiastic (1778-1858). Two pages, octavo. Creased, and with one edge of verso adhering to leaf from autograph album. 'I hope you will excuse the great liberty I take in asking you to help me a little in finishing the Marbling, Enclosing, Ventilating &c of the Cathedral | I have been robbed of 20,000 by the Union Bank, so that I am compelled to solicit aid from the Congregation & kind friends in my extremity'. Signed 'D Calcutta'.
Rev. John Sharp [BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY]
15 November 1897; on the Society's letterhead.
According to the letterhead Sharp was one of the Society's two Secretaries. 2 pages, 16mo. Creased, worn and discoloured, and with minor repair to head of first page, but in good condition overall. Closely written, this letter provides an interesting sidelight into the state of the Society at this time. He apologises for not responding to the 'enquiry about the circulation of the Revised Version' sooner. 'We are very short-handed at present at the Bible House. Since April death has taken from us the Rev. G. Wilson & Mr Chas. Finch, and the Rev. J. Austen-Binns has retired.
Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta, and Henry Fisher, Commissary
The form, 9 May 1837; Fisher's note, 22 September 1838; place unstated in both.
Fifth Bishop of Calcutta (1778-1858). 2 pages, 8vo. In very good condition. Signed 'Daniel Calcutta'. Fisher's note reads 'I sanction the return of the Rev Mr Lincke back again to Burdwan his former station pending the confirmation of the Bishop on his return | Henry Fisher | Commissary | 22d. Sept. 1838'.