Pratt, Benjamin

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises correspondence from Benjamin Pratt to his family, dated 1884-1922. Also includes the publication By Bullock-Bandy and Bicycle, by J. Milner and C. Pratt, which includes transcripts of Benjamin Pratt's letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Benjamin Pratt was born on 9 August 1853. After working as a designer-draughtsman with the family firm, he studied for the ministry at Richmond College and was ordained in 1880. He was sent by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society to Hyderabad, India, where he learned Telugu. In 1883 he established a station at Karim Nagar. The following year he married Mary Newsholme. She died in 1885, and in 1887 he married Edith Amelia Ball, with whom he had five children. In 1896 he became District Superintendent and moved to Secunderabad. In 1907 he returned to England after suffering a stroke. In 1920 he moved to Alberta, Canada. He died on 7 June 1931.


The letters have been arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1995

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: Methodist Missionary Society [ref. MMS]