Biography of Hudson Taylor by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Hudson Taylor. The Man Who Believed God.Marshall Broomhall was the nephew of Hudson Taylor and served as General Secretary for the China Inland Mission. He was therefore well qualified to write a brief but authoritative biography of the Mission’s founder.

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

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], Hudson Taylor. The Man Who Believed God. London: China Inland Mission, 1929. Hbk. pp.244. [Click to download the complete book in PDF]



Part I: Birth and Call 1832-1853. AET 1-21.

1 – The Man Who Believed God
2 – Face to Face with God
3 – A Godly Heritage
4 – A Man Sent from God
5 – God and God Only
6 – A God Who Raiseth the Dead

Part II: The Young Missionary 1853-1865. AET. 21-33.

7 – For My Names’s Sake
8 – Perplexed, But Not in Despair
9 – In Journeyings Oft
10 – A Memorable Friendship
11 – Love Triumphant
12 – God, The One Great Circumstance
13 – A Vision Seen Through Tears

Part III: The Missionary Church 1865-1905. AET. 33-73.

14 – Thou Hast Prevailed
15 – The Meek Inherit
16 – The Audacity of Faith
17 – Like As a Father
18 – Is is the Lord
19 – The Eternal Springs of God
20 – Always Advancing
21 – The Increase of God
22 – The Design of God
23 – The Word of God
24 – The Man Himself
25 – Pioneer and Builder
26 – Unto the Lord
Not Unto Us


Chronological Summary


In the years 1911 and 1918, respectively, the two volumes, Hudson Taylor in Early Years, and Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission, were published. Both were written by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, and both have had a remarkable circulation. Up to the time of writing nearly 50,000 volumes have been sold, and many are the tokens that these books have brought much blessing to the readers.

But these two volumes together aggregate nearly 1200 closely printed demy octavo pages, and it has been long evident that a shorter Life, in one small volume, was needed. More than one publishing house has contemplated the issue of such a biography, and several of these have kindly relinquished the idea of issuing the same, that the book might be published by the China Inland Mission itself. Grateful acknowledgement of this courtesy is hereby made. [Continue reading]

In Memory of Hudson Taylor

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], ed., In Memoriam: Rev. J. Hudson Taylor M.R.C.S. Beloved Founder and Director of the China Inland MissionThis book is a collection of addresses made at Hudson Taylor’s Memorial service at the Conference Hall in Mildmay, London in 1905. He was a man who touched thousands of lives for Christ, and this is reflected in the reminiscences of those who knew him well.

My thanks to OMF International-UK for their kind permission to places this book on-line and to Redcliffe College for providing a copy for digitisation. This book is copyright OMF International-UK.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], ed., In Memoriam: Rev. J. Hudson Taylor M.R.C.S. Beloved Founder and Director of the China Inland Mission. London: China Inland Mission, 1905. Hbk. pp.104. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • In Memoriam – Poem. By Dr. A.T. Pierson
  • Reminiscences. By B. Broomhall
  • Memorial Service: Programme
  • Memorial Service: Representatives
  • Address. By Theodore Howard, Esq.
  • Address. By J.E. Mathieson, Esq.
  • Address. By Eugene Stock, Esq.
  • Address. By Rev. John Sharp
  • Address. By Rev. R. Wardlaw Thompson
  • Address. By Dr. Harry Guiness
  • Address. By W.B. Sloan, Esq.
  • Tribute. By Dr. Arthur T. Pierson
  • Letters: Personal and Official
  • Press Notices


To many thousands of persons the news of Mr. Hudson Taylor’s Home-call has come as a personal sorrow. As a leader and teacher, one of the most prominent features in his life has been the power to create a  bond of esteem and affection between himself and others. His loyalty to God and to His cause, together with the largeness of his sympathies, have gained for him a large circle of friends among the choicest of God’s people all over the world.

In the belief that to many of these a  small “In Memoriam” volume would be welcome, this little book has been compiled. [Continue reading]

J. Hudson Taylor’s Retrospect

James Hudson Taylor [1832-1905]James Hudson Taylor [1832-1905] currently ranks #4 in my poll of missionaries on the Theology on the Web Facebook Group. Unable to find a missionary society willing to sponsor him, he founded the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) and he and 16 others sailed for China in 1866. J.D. Douglas writes:

Taylor’s fervor was matched by pioneering audacity. He adopted Chinese dress and customs, paired foreign missionaries with national Christians, directly solicited no funds (“Jehovah-jireh” was a favourite word), and saw the establishment of churches as less important than the task of presenting the gospel to as many as possible before the Lord’s return. No distance board controlled the mission; decisions were take on the field. BY 1891 Taylor led some 64 workers, but his influence and his principles extended far beyond CIM. He mobilized and motivated people for worldwide mission. [Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, p.931]

In this short book Hudson Taylor explains the circumstances that led to the formation of the China Inland Mission.

James Hudson Taylor [1832-1905], A Retrospect. London: Morgan & Scott, n.d. Hbk. pp.128. [Download complete book in PDF]


  1. The Power of Prayer
  2. The Call of Service
  3. Preparation For Service
  4. Further Answers to Prayer
  5. Life in London
  6. Strengthened by Faith
  7. Mighty to Save
  8. Voyage to China
  9. Early Missionary Experiences
  10. First Evangelistic Efforts
  11. With the Rev. W.C. Burns
  12. The Call to Swatow “The Missionary Call”: Words and Music
  13. Man Proposes, God Disposes
  14. Providential Guidance
  15. Settlement in Ningpo
  16. Timely Supplies
  17. God a Refuge For Us
  18. A New Agency Needed
  19. Formation of the C.I.M.

Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission with Portraits and MapThis is the official history of the China Inland Mission, told by Marshall Broomhall (1866-1937). The book contains a number of excellent plates and a map, which are included in greyscale to preserve their quality. This book is in the Public Domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], The Jubilee Story of the China Inland Mission with Portraits and Map. London: Marshall, Morgan & Scott Ltd., 1915. Hbk. pp.386. [Download complete book in PDF]


Author’s Preface


1. Early Missions in China
2. Hudson Taylor and His Call
3. Hudson Taylor’s Early Experiences

The First Decade 1865-1875

4. The Birth of a Mission
5. Laying the Foundations
6. The Lammermuir Party
7. Settling Inland
8. An Enlarged Coast
9. The Yangchow Riot
10. The New Provinces
11. Troubled on Every Side
12. Faint Yet Pursuing
13. The Home Department
14. Waxing Strong in Faith

The Second Decade 1875-1885

15. The Appeal of the Eighteen
16. The Door Opened
17. Unto the Ends of the Earth
18. Pyrland Road
19. Pioneers in Women’s Work
20. Blessings in Disguise
21. A Chinese Pioneer
22. Healing the Sick
23. Pioneer Work in Hunan
24. The Story of the Seventy

The Third Decade 1885-1895

25. “The Cambridge Seven”
26. Organisation and Expansion
27. The Kwangsin River
28. North America
29. To Every Creature
30. Australasia
31. Dividing the Field

The Fourth Decade 1895-1905

32. The Wrath of Man
33. Newington Green
34. The Chefoo Schools
35. The Opening of Hunan
36. Among the Tribes
37. The Bozer Crisis
38. Partakers of Afflictions of the Gospel
39. Rebuilding the Wall

The Fifth Decade 1905-1915

40. A Period of Transition
41. Mass Movements and Revival
42. Grace Abounding
43. To Earth’s Remotiest Bounds
44. Institutional Work
45. Facts About Finance
46. The Mission From Within
47. The Revolution and After
48. The Missionary at Work
49. All Manner of Service
50. The Year of Jubilee


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Chonological Summary