Incoming correspondence from LMS missionaries in the North China mission field.
Detailed cataloguing has been completed at file level for the period 1860-1900. Catalogue entries provide the names of correspondents, dates, places and a summary of the subject matter. Letters for the later period have yet to be catalogued.
Correspondence comes initially from Peking [Beijing] and Tientsin [Tianjin] which were major centres of LMS work, strongly staffed with both ministerial and medical staff as well as teachers through most of the years covered. Another station which gained steadily in strength was Hsaio Chang [later Siaochang, probably Xiaochang now]. Jonathan Lees (Tientsin) 1862-1900, Alexander King (Tientsin) 1880-1900, William Hopkin Rees (mainly in Hsaio Chang) 1884-1900, Joseph Edkins (Peking) 1861-1881, Samuel Meech (1871-1900) are among the most prolific correspondents for the period to 1900. By the end of this period over a hundred letters a year were being received from North China – well in excess of that number in the Boxer uprising of 1899-1900 when most missionaries evacuated for some months. Other correspondents during this period include Dr William Lockhart (Peking) to 1864, Dr John Dudgeon (Peking) 1864-1884, Dr John Mackenzie (Tientsin) 1880-1887, and Dr Lillie Saville (Tietsin) from 1895.