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From Vancouver. He is booked on the White(?) Star line's SS Lapland, leaving New York on October 31st and arriving in Plymouth, he thinks, on about November 7th. Emily should be able to find out more exact information from her end. He will be in London as soon after that as possible.

Details of the White family are given.

He will reach Toronto on the 28th. Reference is made to the Rattenburys' wedding anniversary on the 24th.

The people here have been wonderfully kind. They have driven him through about four hundred miles of wonderful country since his arrival. Yesterday he went to the school where Grace [Ridge] was trained, and talked and prayed. On Sunday night, he is to speak at the lovely Canada Memorial Church on In China today.

He called on Winnie Prothero the other day. Her mother, who went out to China in 1902 with [J. Sydney] Helps and H B R, was also there. She was not too feeble considering that she must be well over eighty. She got her China photographs out and they talked over old times.

He is meeting lots of Grace [Ridge]'s friends and mentors - she was obviously very popular. Incidentally, Winnie Prothero has a daughter just about to go to university and a boy who wants to be a pilot. She is a giant of a woman and he remembers that she was the daredevil who walked around the top of the Wuchang pagoda.

England appears to be in a mess. Are the papers making it seem worse? Reference is made to Joan and Gordon

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  • J. Sydney Helps (1876-1929) was born in Swansea. His family moved to Bath while Helps was very young and he was converted at the age of twelve. As a teenager he went into business in London and became a local preacher and a candidate for the ministry in 1899. After training at Richmond, he was appointed to the Chinese Wuchang District in 1902. With the exception of one year spent as a chaplain during World War 1, he remained in China until the civil disturbances compelled his return to England in 1927. He was subsequently appointed to the Oldham Road Circuit in Manchester but his health gave way in 1928 and he died just over a year later. Source: Minutes of Conference 1930.

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Notes

  • J. Sydney Helps (1876-1929) was born in Swansea. His family moved to Bath while Helps was very young and he was converted at the age of twelve. As a teenager he went into business in London and became a local preacher and a candidate for the ministry in 1899. After training at Richmond, he was appointed to the Chinese Wuchang District in 1902. With the exception of one year spent as a chaplain during World War 1, he remained in China until the civil disturbances compelled his return to England in 1927. He was subsequently appointed to the Oldham Road Circuit in Manchester but his health gave way in 1928 and he died just over a year later. Source: Minutes of Conference 1930.