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From [Wu Shen Miao]. Onley spent last night with them and gave a very good account of the concert. H B R expects that the Blind School will do quite well out of it this time - 'Our Mission has done pretty well for Kuling this season'.

He enjoyed the thrill of being in the Legal Hundred for one minute this morning. He found some letters in Dr Wolfe's house when he came in this morning after service and on top was a postcard from [J. Sydney] Helps congratulating him on his election. Upon reading the rest of the post, he discovered another card from Helps apologising for the mistake - he had apparently mistook the waiting list which H B R has been on for three years, for the election. On the whole H B R is pleased 'for Brother Helps has plenty of other troubles without having to see me in the Legal Hundred, having secured another plum whilst he has gone without. There aren't many chances before 1931 [expected date of Methodist union] now and that glory is not for me; for if I know anything of Methodism they will crowd the hundred with really old gentlemen whom they would desire to give this parting gift of consideration to. In fact I think it is quite likely that all these other paths of honour are more than likely closed. Methodist Union will make a lot of difference. They will have to share up the "pots"...Therefore I judge that Bishopsgate [Mission House] becomes more and more remote apart all together that the years are rushing on'.

There have been rumours that [James] Clegg was to arrive today. He has not arrived yet. Onley did not reach Hankow before 5pm and then only because he got a first class ticket rather than wait longer.

H B R is also wondering about [Ernest Henry] Livesley. His son has arrived but it looks as if the doctors are detaining him, which is perhaps for the best. Emily should inform Misses Bolton and Pritchard that Miss [Margaret] Crabtree has changed her passage and will now probably be leaving Vancouver on September 27th. They are expecting Joy Hwa and Miss [Margaret] Walby on Tuesday and Miss Wagstaff on Friday. H B R does not agree - why will they not take the chance of a decent holiday when it is offered to them? There is no real point in them coming here before the beginning of September. H B R intends to take more interest in the holiday question next year. 'Things are getting pretty warm again as they were bound to do and they'll catch it alright'.

He has enclosed Mr Barnes's letter. H B R wonders if he is right about another operation for Morley. If so, why have they not heard anything? Otherwise the report is pretty good.

[Arthur Preston] Hadwen has been at the Union Church. H B R has received official word of his permission to marry.

Emily will now only have ten days of school left. He trusts that she will then relax until he comes to collect her to go back to Hankow.

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.

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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.