Letter from Godfey Benson, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, to Hoppy [Rev A J Hopkins], with enclosure

Scope and Content

Thanks him for his recent letter and copies of Laughton's notes. Feels God is directing him to his current work. Discusses different approaches that could be undertaken and suggest analysis of a Meru text written by a Meru. Discusses a number of specific points of grammar making comparisons with Bantu and Kikuyu. Asks if there is a collection of Meru proverbs (perhaps by [Rev Philip M] Inoti) and if not is this something Hopkins could do. He has begun a card index of Meru words and definitions in the absence of a dictionary. Could help him by providing examples from texts, particularly anything by Inoti. Discusses and gives examples of the use of primary and secondary extensions in Kikuyu. Maybe work of Mr Muganbi will help.

Postscript: includes copy of lesson 6.

Typescript of 'Lesson 6' of Meru course presumably taught at SOAS in 1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Godfrey Benson (1899-1993) was lecturer in Bantu languages (1952-1967) and temporary lecturer in Swahili (1967-1968) at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Acquisition Information

Gift, accepted on behalf of the Methodist Church, from Ms R Alison Lewis, September 2009

Archivist's Note


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For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Copyright held by SOAS, University of London

Custodial History

Ms R Alison Lewis acquired theses papers upon the death of A J Hopkins in 1965

Related Material

Hopkins' letter in same box (file 1)