Home Office Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence of the London Missionary Society's Home Office. Includes incoming correspondence, 1795-1927, and outgoing correspondence from 1760s to 1940s, written by officials from the LMS (representing the LMS Board) to missionaries, ministers and supporters.


Outgoing correspondence comprises several separate sequences, including general outward letters, 1866-1914, an additional sequence known as 'Home Office Extra', 1764-1945, and outgoing correspondence to individuals in the mission field overseas, which is arranged to reflect the organisation of the regional committees: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. Thus, Northern Outgoing Correspondence includes letters to Russia, 1822-1835. Southern Outgoing Correspondence includes letters to Africa and Madagascar, 1822-1830; Africa, Europe & Madagascar, 1832-1867; Africa, 1868-1914, and Madagscar, 1866-1916. Western Outgoing Correspondence includes letters to South Seas and West Indies, 1822-1835; South Seas, 1835-1892, and West Indies, 1835-1925. Eastern Outgoing Correspondence includes letters to India, 1822-1830; India & Russia, 1831-1843; India, 1843-1914; China & Ultra Ganges, 1822-1854, and China 1854-1914.

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Other Finding Aids

Detailed lists for Home Incoming Correspondence, 1795-1876 (list A1), and Home Office Extra, 1764-1943 (list A1 & A1 add.) are available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

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