Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb

Cover: Edward Candish Millard [1862-1900], What God Hath Wrought. An Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb, M.A. (1889-1890). Chiefly From the Diary Kept by E.C. Millard, One of His Companions in Ceylon, South India, Austrealia, New Zealand, Cape Colony

A collection was made at the 1899 Keswick Convention which paid for a Special Mission tour by the Rev. G.C. Grubb and three companions who travelled to Sri Lanka, South India, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The purpose of the tour was to visit and encourage the missionaries serving in those countries.

My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this public domain book for digitisation.

Edward Candish Millard [1862-1900], What God Hath Wrought. An Account of the Mission Tour of the Rev G.C. Grubb, M.A. (1889-1890). Chiefly From the Diary Kept by E.C. Millard, One of His Companions in Ceylon, South India, Australia, New Zealand, Cape Colony. London: E. Marlborough & Co., [1891]. Hbk. pp.382. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Preface
  1. London to Colombo
  2. Colombo anbd Districts
  3. Cotta
  4. Negombo and District
  5. Kandy
  6. Hatton and Nuwara Eliya
  7. Dimbula—Maskeliya—Bogawantalawa
  8. Kurunegala
  9. To Jaffna
  10. Pallai—Jungle—Anaradhapura—Jungle—Talawa—Dampool—Colomobo
  11. Balampitimodara—Bategama—Galle—Kaltura—Colombo
  12. Colombo Mission
  13. Tuticorin—Palamcottah
  14. Menganapuram
  15. Colombo to Australia
  16. Auckland—Wellington—Nelson
  17. Nelson—Takaka—Wakapuaka—Bellgrove—Longford—Westport
  18. Westport-—Blenheim—Napier
  19. Journey Homje—Napier to Keswick
  20. Journey to Cape of Good Hope
  21. Cape Town toWynberg
  22. Kalk Bay—Mowbray
  23. Cathedral Mission—Wellington—Port Elizabeth
  24. Robertson—Cape Town
  25. The Journey Home
  • Appendix


I gladly accede to the request of the writer of these journals that I should furnish a few prefatory lines to accompany them. They are a remarkable record of “modern miracles,” – miracles of grace in the hearts of men. I hope they may be read by many Christian people who may not find themselves entirely in sympathy with the tone and language adopted or with all the sentiments expressed, but who will thankfully recognise the hand of the Lord in the journeys taken and the ·work done. I do not envy the man who can read unmoved the chapter which narrates the incidents of the voyage from Colombo to Melbourne, with the jockeys and the theatrical troupe on board. The glimpses of the mission fields of Ceylon and Tinnevelly also are of extreme interest.

The circumstances which led to the Special Mission described in these pages are worthy of note. At the Keswick Convention of 1888, Foreign Missions were for the first time officially recognised in the programme. At the great missionary meeting on the Saturday, a slip of paper was sent up to the chairman, offering £10 towards sending out a “Keswick missionary.” No sooner was this announced than money and promises poured in from all parts of the tent, and within half an hour some hundreds of pounds were contributed. The original donor’s name did not transpire, and it was not until the Convention of the following year that he became known, and then, I believe, only to two persons, – the late Mr. Bowker and myself. He is now a C.M.S. missionary in the foreign field. Meanwhile the leaders of the Convention had resolved to use the money, and any that might be given at the subsequent yearly gatherings, in the first place, to sending evangelists to professing Christians rather than to the heathen, and thus by God’s grace to infuse fresh life into existing Missions rather than to found new ones, – this being regarded as a peculiarly appropriate work to be done under the auspices of the Keswick Convention. The first Special Mission undertaken in accordance with this design was that of the Rev. G. C. Grubb and Messrs. Campbell, Millard, and Richardson, to Ceylon, South India and New Zealand, which is the subject of the greater part of these pages.

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Twelve Mighty Missionaries by Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947]

Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947], Twelve Mighty MissionariesEsthme Enock’s biographical sketches of 12 famous missionaries has just entered the public domain. This copy was kindly provided by Book Aid for digitisation.

In the table of contents below I have linked to the bibligraphy pages on, where you will find further material on each missionary.

Esthme Ethelind Enock [1874-1947], Twelve Mighty Missionaries. London: Pickering & Inglis, Ltd., 1936. Hbk. pp.95. [Click to visit the download page]


  1. Pastor Hsi, China
  2. James Chalmers, New Guinea
  3. Alexander Mackay, Uganda
  4. Anthony Norris Groves, India
  5. Alexander Duff, India
  6. John Williams, Erromanga
  7. Samuel Marsden, Maoriland
  8. Samuel Pollard, China
  9. Hudson Taylor, China
  10. C.T. Studd, Central Africa
  11. Dan Crawford, Central Africa
  12. Dr Richard Williams, Tierra Del Fuego

Chapter 1. Pastor Hsi, China

The exact date of Pastor Hsi’s birthday does not seem to be recorded, but he was born probably in the Autumn of 1836. Till he was seven years old the little Hsi lived the usual free life of the son of a Chinese scholar, and was encouraged in every way to be overbearing and self-willed. Then he was sent to school, a school where a shrine of Confucius occupied the place of honour. Here the boy begins the studies which, it is hoped, will make him a “Princely Man.”

But, favourable though circumstances are, they do not satisfy the heart of this boy. At the early age of eight years, as he wandered through the incense-filled Temple and gazed at the hideous idols and vivid representations of punishments and terrors beyond the grave, he would ask himself, what was the use of living. “Men find no good, and in the end—?” he said to himself….