Edward Stallybrass Papers

Scope and Content

Letters, 1834-1841 and undated, of Edward and Charlotte Stallybrass to members of her family, the Ellahs of Elsinore, largely from Khodon, dealing mainly with family affairs, including Charlotte's death.

Also includes Memorial by Edward Stallybrass for his first wife, Sarah, 1833, and a letter to Fanny Ellah from Charlotte Ellah Stallybrass (second wide to Edward Stallybrass), with a short note by Edward Stallybrass, 18 Aug 1839 (possibly the last letter written by Charlotte to her family in Elsinore, Denmark, as she died in childbirth on 23 September 1839).

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Stallybrass was born at Royston, England in 1793 or 1794. He studied at Homerton College in East London and was ordained at Stepney in 1816. In the same year he became engaged to Sarah Robinson (1789-1833), the daughter of a tallow-chandler of Stepney and was appointed to the newly-established London Missionary Society’s mission in Siberia. He married in 1817 and, together with his wife, travelled via Cronstadt and St Petersburg to Moscow. Here they were joined by Cornelius Rahm from Göteburg and granted an audience by the Tsar, Alexander I, who showed support for their work. They reached Irkutsk with Rahm and made an exploratory tour to Werchney, Oudinsk, Selenginsk and Kiachta, on the south-eastern side of the Baikal, 1818. Stallybrass and his wife, settled at Selenginsk among the Buryat people and founded a mission station in 1819; made a tour into the country of the Chorinsky Buryats in 1822 and moved from Selenginsk to Khodon in 1828. Sarah Stallybrass died in February 1833 and was buried at Khodon. Edward, with his two sons, left Khodon in 1834; married secondly Charlotte Ellah of Elsinore (1808-1839) in Copenhagen and travelled to London before returning to St Petersburg in 1835. He spent time in St Petersburg revising the Mongolian scriptures; returned to Khodon in 1836 and completed and published his translation of the Old Testament into Mongolian, in 1840, In that same year the work of the LMS in Russia was suppressed by decree of the Orthodox synod. Stallybrass returned to England and retired from the LMS in 1841. His revision with William Swan (1791-1866, another LMS missionary at Seleningsk) of the Mongolian version of the New Testament (originally produced by the Russian Bible Society, 1824) was published in1846. Stallybrass was briefly headmaster of the Boys' Mission School, Walthamstow and pastor at Hampden Chapel, Hackney. He was pastor at Burnham, Norfolk from 1858 to 1870 and died at Shooter's Hill, Kent, 1884. His grave is in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

The papers were presented to the School of Oriental and African Studies by Professor Michael Stallybrass, descendant of Edward Stallybrass, via Professor Charles R Bawden in 2001, and form part of the special series of personal papers of individual missionaries and officers among the records of the London Missionary Society. Additional papers were donated by Professor Michael Stallybrass in July 2017.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist to item level

Alternative Form Available

Photocopies of the letters stored with the originals; there are also photocopies of some genealogical notes.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, ed Gerald H Anderson (1998); LMS Register of Missionaries, ed James Sibree; British Library OPAC.


Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Stallybrass (Ref: CWM/LMS Russia Incoming Correspondence); his candidate's papers (Ref: CWM/LMS Candidates' Papers Box 15 No 41); journal of Stallybrass and C Rahm describing their journey from St Petersburg to Irkutsk (incomplete), 1818, Stallybrass's journal giving an account of the burial festival of the White Month, 1821, and Stallybrass's journal of a tour with W Swan in the country of the Chorinsky Buriats, 1822 (Ref: CWM/LMS Russia Journals Box 1); an engraving of his wife Sarah (Robinson) and a photograph, 1996, of his grave (Ref: CWM/LMS Missionary Portraits Box 5). SOAS also holds photocopies of three letters, 1828, relating to the financial affairs of the LMS mission at Selenginsk, including references to Stallybrass and his fellow missionaries (Ref: MS 380624); and a microfilm of c30 letters, 1813-1847 and undated, mostly from Edward Stallybrass and his first wife Sarah to her sister Ann and brother-in-law Joseph Monds, the subjects including experiences in Russia and missionary work in Khodon, copied from original letters held at Ohio Wesleyan University, USA.