W. Barbrooke Grubb – The Livingstone of South America

R.J. Hunt [1874-1938], The Livingstone of South AmericaThe life and work of William Barbrooke Grubb [1865-1930] despite appearing in the standard mission dictionaries seems to be relatively unknown. Wikipedia, for example, contains no entry for him. To help remedy this I am making available four books this month by and about Barbrooke Grubb, who worked mainly in Paraguay, but also travelled extensively in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina.

R.J. Hunt [1874-1938], The Livingstone of South America. The Life & Adventures of W. Barbrooke Grubb among the wild tribes of the Gran Chaco in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, the Falkland Islands & Tierra del Fuego. London: Seeley, Service & Co., Ltd., [1932]. Hbk. pp.347. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

My thanks to Redcliffe College for making a copy of this book available for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.


  • An Appreciation – H.T- Morrey-Jones
  • Foreword
  1. Early Years 1865-1886
  2. Appointed to Keppel Island 1886
  3. Trains Yahgan Boys at Keppel 1886-1889
  4. On the Banks of the River Paraguay 1890
  5. Experiences at Riacho Fernandez 1890
  6. Plunges into the Unknown Wilds 1890
  7. Settles Inland 1891
  8. Removes to Thlagnasinkinmith 1891
  9. Trials and Travels 1892-1893
  10. Perilous Days at Thlagwakhe 1893-1894
  11. Acquires a Permanent Landing-Place 1895
  12. Waikthlatingmangyalwa Founded 1895-96
  13. Takes His First Furlough 1896
  14. The March of Events in the Field 1896-1897
  15. Lengthening Cords and Strengthening Stakes 1897
  16. Poet’s Treachery and Murderous Attack 1897
  17. Dread of Burial Alive 1897
  18. Recovery and Convalescence 1898-1899
  19. Trackling the Witch-Doctors 1900
  20. The Cattle Ranch at the Pass 1901
  21. The Christian Colony at Nakte-Tingma 1902-1904
  22. The Garden Settlement of Makthlawaiya 1905-1908
  23. An Expedition to Bolivia 1909-1910
  24. The Cane-Fields of Argentina 1911-1913
  25. Among the Sanapanas of Northern Paraguay 1914
  26. Among the Matacos of the Bermejo River 1914-1915
  27. Among the Suhin of the Monte Lindo 1915-1918
  28. Nearing the End of His Travels 1918-1923
  29. Last Links in a Noble Chain 1923-1930
  30. The Passing of the Pioneer 1928-1930
  • Index

An Appreciation by The Venerable Archdeacon H.T. Morrey-Jones

Some three months before the passing of “W.B.G.” as the subject of this biography was familiarly known to his colleagues, it was my privilege to spend a week-end with him in his home in Lasswade, near Edinburgh.

Many years had elapsed since we had lived and worked together in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay, where I knew him in his prime-the pioneer and hero of a missionary triumph he was so largely instrumental in building up in that then unknown land, and when he was capable of those great feats of physical strength and endurance so constantly demanded of one living under conditions so wild and primitive. [Continue reading]

1860 Liverpool Conference on Missions

The Secretaries of the Conference, eds., Conference on Missions Held in 1860 at LiverpoolThe full text of the 1860 Conference on World Missions considered the following subjects in detail:

  • European Missionaries Abroad
  • Missionaries and their Plans
  • On the best Means of exciting and maintaining a Missionary Spirit
  • Medical Missions in China
  • Missionary Education
  • Means of calling forth Home Liberality
  • Peshwaur Mission
  • Missions in South Africa
  • Native Agency
  • Candidates for Missionary Work
  • Means of obtaining well-qualified Missionaries
  • Indian Converts in the Mutiny
  • Missions in Turkey
  • Female Education in the East
  • Medical Missions in China and Japan
  • Native Churches
  • The Mutiny in India
  • Results of Modern Missions
  • Conferences on Missions
  • Training of Native Agents

My thanks to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide for making available a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

The Secretaries of the Conference, eds., Conference on Missions Held in 1860 at Liverpool: Including the Papers Read, the Diliberations, and the Conclusions Reached; with a Comprehensive Index shewing the Various Matters Brought Under Review. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1860. Hbk. pp.428. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


The Conference on Christian Missions, the proceedings of which are described in the following pages, originated in a desire. to have brethren brought together, who had reflected on the duty and the lukewarmness of the churches in respect of Our Grand Commission; or who could contribute actual experiences; in order that, by their mutual consultations, all Christians of the United Kingdom might be stirred up to greater zeal, and to a more complete consecration of time, of effort, and of substance, in this work of the Lord.

In God’s good providence facilities were presented, and readily embraced by a number of the officers and members of Missionary Committees in London and Edinburgh; who felt that. after the many years of continuous missionary labour carried on in heathen lands; after the solid advance attained in some fields, and the great experience acquired in all, it would be well for the Directors, Secretaries, and Missionaries of all Societies and Churches, to obtain an opportunity of meeting together and conferring together about their common work. [Continue reading]

Arthur H. Smith’s The Uplift of China – Various editions

The Uplift of ChinaThe Uplift of China was produced in various denominational editions. Redcliffe College have kindly passed three of these on to me for digitisation. I have made available the Church Missionary Society (Anglican) and the 1914 revised edition. The first two are virtually identical except for the last chapter and the revised edition has no photographs.

Visit The Uplift of China download page for the tables of content and the links to the PDF files

Preface to British Edition

The remarkable success which has attended the text-books for missionary study issued by the Young People’s Missionary Movement of America, together with the fact that its committee had secured for the next course of study a book from the pen of Dr. A. H. Smith, one of the ablest writers upon China, created a desire in the minds of those engaged in promoting similar study on this side of the Atlantic to obtain this textbook for use in Great Britain.

At the same time a variety of reasons made a separate British edition desirable. It was obvious that in certain places, especially where comparisons were made between the East and the West, the author had American readers more particularly in view, and emphasis was sometimes laid upon methods and incidents which would be of more interest to students in America than to those in this country….

Zenana Mission Stories from India

Z.B.M.M. Missionaries, Doors of Hope and HealingThis little book contains 27 accounts by the women of the Zenana Bible Medical Mission. Each illustrates their work within the hidden world of the women’s quarters of Indian homes. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This book is in the public domain.

Z.B.M.M. Missionaries, Doors of Hope and Healing. London: “Z” Press, 1935. Pbk. pp.100. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • A Morning’s Round
  • Pain
  • Pashi’s Bride
  • Ratnakar
  • Surji
  • Taramoni
  • Sonia
  • Mohammed Ali
  • Gangubai
  • “Lydia…”
  • Saku
  • Village Dispensing
  • A Gospel Bus
  • Jakur
  • Bhanso
  • Langri
  • Moru
  • Shanti
  • Anandi
  • Fatima
  • Routine: The Daily Round
  • Darkness and Light
  • Lila and Shanti
  • Star
  • Noel
  • Shanti
  • Paul


This little book, compiled by ladies engaged in the work of a well-known medical mission, is a microcosm of the real India. Its simplicity is impressive; it makes no pretence of literary art or finish; it just sets down what the writers have seen and done and endured, day by day, during their years of service for India. To anyone who knows the scenes which they depict, these sketches bring back vivid memories-the acrid odours of the bazaar, the dust-laden air shimmering with waves of merciless heat, the pathetic crowds at the hospital gates, the veil of mystery which shrouds the women’s quarters in most Indian homes. The writers get behind that veil and tell us something of the hidden lives of their Indian sisters.

The narrative is naturally a mixture of darkness and light, of depression and joyfulness. [Continue reading]

Missionaries at Work – Church Missionary Society Training Manual

Anonymous, Missionaries at WorkIf you were preparing for overseas with the Church Missionary Society in the early 20th Century you would probably have received a copy of this book. It covers all aspects of missionary life from physical health to developing good relationships with fellow missionaries. Much of this material would still be relevant today.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Anonymous, Missionaries at Work. London: Church Missionary Society, 1905. Hbk. pp.184. [Download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface to First Edition
  1. Introductory
  2. The Voyage. Its Perils and Possibilities
  3. Climate and Health
  4. Domestic Life – Part I
  5. Domestic Life – Part II
  6. The Moral Condition of Non-Christian Lands
  7. Loyalty
  8. Relations With Fellow Missionaries – Part I
  9. Relations With Fellow Missionaries – Part II
  10. Language Study and Examinations
  11. Native Character and Thought
  12. Work Amongst Native Christians
  13. Work Among Non-Christians
  14. Three Principles of Women’s Work
  15. Marriage From a Missionary Standpoint
  16. Relations With a Foreign Community
  17. The First Furlough
  18. The Missionary’s Inner Life


There are some books which command attention mainly by the exceptional importance of the topics of which they treat; others by their successful treatment of topics which are common-place. The following pages, it is hoped, will secure interest on both accounts. Although the subjects with which this book deals specially concern a comparatively limited circle of readers, yet by them they must be felt to be of the most sacred importance. When the call to foreign service has been answered by any servant of God, and the months of preparation have passed, and there comes on the soul an ever deepening sense of the tremendous responsibilities of the life work lying before it, there will surely be given a warm welcome to the counsels of an experienced friend peculiarly qualified to help the young Missionary in ordering his future steps along the paths of the divine Word. [Continue reading]

Children of Africa by James B. Baird

James B. Baird, Children of AfricaThis is a book about children in Africa written for young people in the United Kingdom. Its intention as to inform them about how African children live in order to increase support for missionary work among them. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. The 8 plates are reproduced in colour. This title is in the public domain.

James B. Baird, Children of Africa. London & Edinburgh: Oliphants, [1910]. Hbk. pp.95. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Introductory
  2. The Dark Continent
  3. The Great Races of Africa
  4. An African House
  5. The African Child
  6. An African Village
  7. Games
  8. Fairy Tales
  9. Animal Stories
  10. Finger Rhymes and Riddles
  11. Food and Ornaments
  12. The African’s Belief
  13. The African in Sickness
  14. Magic Medicine
  15. The Dance and Musical Instruments
  16. Hindrances to the Gospel
  17. Methods of Mission Work


“From Greenland’s icy mountains,
From India’s coral strand,
Where Africa’s sunny fountains
Roll down their golden sand,
From many an ancient river,
From many a palmy plain,
They call us to deliver
Their land from error’s chain.”

There is not one of you, my dear boys and girls, who does not know this oft-sung missionary hymn. But if there is, then of this I am sure, there is not one who knows it who does not love it, for it is one of the most beautiful of all our hymns. Since it was written many years ago by Bishop Heber, hundreds and hundreds of young voices have sung it; hundreds and hundreds are singing it to-day; and hundreds and hundreds will yet sing it. [Continue reading]

Grace Astounding in Bolshevik Russia

Archibald McCaig [?-1936], Grace Astounding in Bolshevik Russia. A Record of the Lord's Dealing With Brother Cornelius MartensThis is an account of the work of Conelius Martens who served in Russia through the time of the revolution. It is written by Archibald McCaig, former principal oF Spurgeon’s College in South London. My Thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Archibald McCaig [?-1936], Grace Astounding in Bolshevik Russia. A Record of the Lord’s Dealing With Brother Cornelius Martens. London: Russian Missionary Society, [1929]. Hbk. pp.133. [Click to download this title in PDF]


  • Foreword
  1. Conversion and Early Witnessing
  2. Divine Call to the Ministry of the Word
  3. Work during the War
  4. Experiences under Bolshevism
  5. Triumphs of Grace
  6. Business and Blessing
  7. Prison Experiences: Rejoicing in Tribulation
  8. On the Wing
  9. Some Further Experiences: Wonderful Deliverances
  10. Victory over Priestly Opposition
  11. Bank Director and Robbers Converted
  12. Sidelights on Bolshevism
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix


In the summer of 1927 it was my privilege to spend some months in Riga at the Headquarters of the Russian Missionary Society in company with the Founder and General Director, my friend and former student, Pastor William A. Fetler. It was a time of wonderful blessing and gracious experiences. As on other occasions, one found constant delight in attending the meetings and witnessing the power of God in the conversion of sinners and the fuller consecration of saints. Special interest was found in taking part in the opening services of the great Tabernacle in Riga (the Temple of Salvation), of which I have written elsewhere, which is now the scene of Pastor Fetler’s Evangelistic labours. [Continue reading]

By Love Compelled – The Call of the China Inland Mission by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], By Love Compelled. The Call of the China Inland MissionMarshall Broomhall served as Editorial Secretary for the China Inland Mission for 27 years and was a nephew of its founder, James Hudson Taylor. In This little book, published shortly before his death, he provides what he describes as a sketch of the mission’s work in China. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], By Love Compelled. The Call of the China Inland Mission. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. Pbk. pp.126.[Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword
  • Author’s Preface
  • An Outlet for Love
  • Love Finds a Way
  • Love’s Adventure
  • Love Laughs at Rough Places
  • Love Suffers
  • Love Undaunted
  • Love’s Enthusiasm
  • Love, Strong as Death
  • Love’s Reward
  • Love’s Opportunity
  • Love Tested
  • Love Amid Distress
  • Love Undismayed
  • Love’s Courage
  • Love Unfeigned
  • Love Pressed on Every Side
  • Love’s Ordeal
  • Love’s Reply
  • Love at All Costs
  • Knit Together in Love

Author’s Preface

Sir Joshua Reynolds, in his Discourses, has told us that “the general idea constitutes real excellence. All smaller things, however excellent in their way, are to be sacrificed without mercy to the greater.” This has been our aim. In this short sketch of the China Inland Mission, the writer has sought to give a living picture of the work and of the field. Details have been sacrificed without mercy. Personal names and Chinese place-names have been omitted, unless absolutely essential to the story. The letter has been subordinated to the spirit. Why Love has been taken as the motif of the little book, the first chapter will suffice to explain.

This little volume is a sketch rather than a chronicle. Such facts as have been related have been selected as typical of others which have had to be omitted. Though necessarily incomplete, we trust that this miniature will be found a true interpretation of the whole. [Continue reading]

Story of the Delhi Mission – Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

V.H. Stanton [1846-1924], The Story of the Delhi Mission.This is a detailed account of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel’s work in Delhi, India between the years 1852 and 1907. This volume contains numerous photograph plates which i have reproduced in greyscale to preserve their quality. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

V.H. Stanton [1846-1924], The Story of the Delhi Mission. Westminster: Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1908. Hbk. pp.171.[Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Preface – Professor Stanton
  1. The Founding of the Mission
  2. The Rebuilding
  3. The Cambridge Mission to Delhi
  4. Work Amongst Mohammedans
  5. Pastoral Work
  6. Educational Work
  7. District Work
  8. The Women of Delhi
  9. Zenana Work
  10. The Medical Mission
  11. Girls’ Schools
  12. St. Mary’s Home
  • Epilogue
  • Index


The “S.P.G. and Cambridge Mission” has many claims, of diverse kinds, upon the sympathy and attention of English Churchmen. The founder of the Mission, the Rev. M. J. Jennings, Chaplain at Delhi, who himself began missionary work there, formed a local committee and called upon the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel to send missionaries, perished in the Mutiny along with several of the first converts. The present brief history of the Mission was undertaken last year as one part of the commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of their deaths.

Again, in the organisation for the support of this Mission there is an example of the manner in which the interest and the efforts called forth by a special mission may be combined with the aid given by a great Missionary Society. [Continue reading]

Study in Medical Missions by R. Fletcher Moorshead

R. Fletcher Moorshead [1874-1934], The Way of the Doctor. A Study in Medical MissionsR. Fletcher Moorshead [1874-1934] provides a handbook for doctors and nurses preparing for missionary service overseas. The book covers both the theological and practical aspects of the role. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to digitise. This title is in the public domain.

R. Fletcher Moorshead [1874-1934], The Way of the Doctor. A Study in Medical Missions. London: The Carey Press, [1926]. Hbk. pp.242. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword: Sir Leonard Rogers
  • Author’s Preface
  1. The Way of the Doctor
  2. “The Way of the Master”
  3. Where There is No Doctor
  4. Modern Medical Science
  5. Medicine and the Gospel (1) Pioneering
  6. Medicine and the Gospel (2) Evangelism and Social Service
  7. Medicine and the Gospel (3) Education
  8. Hospital Evangelism
  9. The Church on the Mission Field and Medical Missions
  10. Women’s Medical Work
  11. The Way of the Nurse
  12. The Doctor at Work
  13. Professional Standards
  14. The Doctor and his Fellow Missionaries
  15. The Preparation of the Missionary Doctor
  16. The Home Base
  17. When is the Doctor Coming?
  • Appendix


During my long service in various parts of India I was greatly impressed with the value of Medical Mission Hospitals. I saw them at work from the Punjab Frontier, where a high administrator declared Dr. Fennel’s influence with the wild border tribes to be worth a regiment of soldiers to the Government, to Assam, where a Mission Doctor had built, largely at his own expense, a Hospital second to none in the province. Therefore I welcome Dr. Fletcher Moorshead’s book describing the principles, methods of work and training of Medical Missionaries, which will bring the value and necessity of such work before a large public who only need to be informed of the intensely interesting and invaluable labours of Medical Missions in many parts of the world to be induced to lend far greater moral and material support to this great civilising and educative movement. [Continue reading]