CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY ARCHIVE
Section III: Central Records
Part 6: CMS Circular Books & Letters, 1799-1921
The CMS Circular Books, 1799-1905, and the CMS Circular Letters, 1892-1921, relate to all regions where the Society was active. These are large scrapbook-type volumes consisting of a wide variety of printed documents, circulars, minutes, pamphlets, memoranda, committee papers, resolutions and letters.
- They have a detailed index of names, places and subjects.
- They provide lots of information on social conditions and particular problems in different mission stations.
Four examples of items to be found in these volumes are:
- A letter from the Rev H Townsend to Captain Trotter of the Royal Navy in January 1849 about the blockade of the African coast and the need for preventative measures to suppress the slave trade.
- Suggestions for the improvement of social and intellectual conditions of the native Africans in Sierra Leone.
- Circulars on famine in India.
- An appeal for the Diocesan School in Jerusalem.