From Hankow. A wonderful roll of pictures turned up yesterday. Some are labelled but others are not, so he will have to wait for an explanatory letter.
There were three baptisms at Huang Ching Tang this morning. For communion, there were ten Chinese and three foreigners. The Church continues to grow - there have been baptisms at each place this year and more to come. He did not get back for tiffin until 2pm.
They are now getting quite a good crowd at night at Chin Shih Tang. He feels that the singing is going to attract the Chinese. A teacher died here today. H B R wired [James John] Heady at 4pm and he [Heady] and Dr [Ralph] Bolton were talking to H B R on the phone at 8.30pm so progress is being made.
The Wang Fu Kun contract has been signed. Dorothy is still of the opinion that H B R is all for Hankow and is neglectful of Wuchang. She will no doubt carry that unjust opinion to the grave.
One of the four new men, [Wilfred Robinson] Simpson, preached today. His sermon 'was evidently an old campaigner...& a little inappropriate for our drawing-room service. But he had good language & good thought & is evidently quite up to average. In fact they are a real good quartet'.
Miss [Margaret] Walby's news from home is not good. H B R has cabled to see if she can take early furlough, If so, they should have Victoria[?] Sibman[?] soon after Christmas.
They had their afternoon walk to [unreadable name] John College yesterday. Mrs Mac was there as well as Mrs Knott. The Rowlands come here next month and the Macs will carry on in their place.
Christmas is approaching. He thinks that the [Bible School?] is to invite them over for 2pm tiffin and the Bakers [family of Cyril George Baker] are having a New Year's Eve party. Mrs Chapman has invited H B R over for New Year's eve but he would rather be home that night.
Only one more Christmas before he leaves for home.
Emily's letter about her visit to Gater and Miss Linn arrived this week. He is pleased that Miss Lin has settled.
- Wilfred Robinson Simpson (1906-83) was born in Hull. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Didsbury College and served as a missionary in the Hupeh District of China from 1930 to 1946. During World War 2 he was interned by the Japanese. Upon his return to Britain, he served in home circuits until his retirement to Hull. Source: Minutes of Conference 1984.