Cox, Josiah

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Josiah Cox's journals 1853-1861 and 1861-1876
  • Account-book 1853-1856
  • Minutes of meeting of Cox, Beach and Piercy on mission matters, 1853-1858
  • Carbon copies of letters written by Josiah Cox 1861-1874 (4 vols)
  • Volume entitled 'Looking unto Jesus' with ms notes in English and Chinese

Administrative / Biographical History

Josiah Cox was born at Tipton, Devon, England in 1828. He trained for the Methodist ministry at Richmond College. He was one of the first Methodist Missionaries to go out to China where he arrived in 1852. Methodist efforts at that date were located in Canton [Guangzhou] and here Cox laboured together with fellow missionaries Beach and Piercy. During the Taiping rebellion Cox became acquainted with Hung Jin, the brother of the Taiping leader, Hung Hsin Ts’uan. He had hopes that Hung Jin's position could facilitate the opening of a mission in Nanking, [Nanjing] the seat of the rebellion. These hopes were not to be fulfilled and Cox turned his attention to the opening of a mission in the densely populated cities of Hankow [Wuhan] and Wuchang on the Yangtse. In 1863 the first Methodist Mission House in Hankow was opened. Cox was joined first by the medical missionary, Dr F. Porter-Smith and, in 1865, by David Hill and William Scarborough. Following a severe illness Cox left China after twenty-four years and returned to Britain. He died in 1906.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche.

Acquisition Information

Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society in 1978.

Other Finding Aids

This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to The history of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society by GG Findlay and WW Holdsworth, vol. 5, London: The Epworth Press, 1924.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without prior permission in writing. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance.

Custodial History

The papers were deposited with the Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/WMMS), including letters from individual missionaries