BMS Work on the Congo River to 1884

Joseph Henry Tritton [1844-1923], The Rise and Progress of the Work on the Congo RiverThis is a short account of the Baptist Missionary Society’s work on the Congo River up to around 1884. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the Public Domain.

Joseph Henry Tritton [1844-1923], The Rise and Progress of the Work on the Congo River. London: Baptist Missionary Society, 1844. Hbk. pp.63. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. First Steps
  2. Forward Movements
  3. At the Pool
  4. Dark Overshadowings
  5. Helpful Tokens
  6. Helpful Tokens (continued)

Chapter 1 – First Steps

It has been suggested that a brief but connected account of the Rise, and Progress thus far, of the Society’s Mission in Central Africa, would be useful, especially in connection with our Sunday-schools, in many of which great interest has been awakened in this particular branch of our operations.

Laid aside in the providence of God from active work, it has occurred to me that I might be of some service in preparing a narrative, such as I conceive to be desired. Let me at once say that I make no pretensions to authorship. My work will be that of compilation, rather than of composition; but I feel that a judicious arrangement of facts, a wise compression of details, and, above all, a devout recognition of the true source of evangelical effort, will be necessary to render such a narrative influential for good.

Seeking the aid and direction of the Divine Spirit, I turn with pleasure to my self-imposed task or rather, “labour of love”; and I ask the prayers of those into whose hands these pages may come, that this, my service, may be “accepted of the saints,” help forward the cause of the Gospel, and promote the glory of the Great Head of the Church. [Continue reading]


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