History of the Free Baptist India Mission

Fornt Cover: Mrs M.M. Hutchins Hills, Reminiscences. A Brief History of the Free Baptist India Mission

This history of the Free Baptist India Mission was published by the Free Baptist Women’s Missionary Society in Boston, Massachusetts in 1886. A sizable part previously appeared in this Society’s journal, the Missionary Helper. In April 1916 in merged with two other groups (Home Mission, and Foreign Mission) to become the Woman’s Baptist Mission Society. It is therefore an important book for those studying the role of women in Christian Missions.

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

Mrs M.M. Hutchins Hills, Reminiscences. A Brief History of the Free Baptist India Mission. Boston: F.B. Printing Establishment, 1886. Hbk. pp.336. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Introduction
  1. Origin of the Mission 1832-1838
  2. First Permanent Station 1838-1840
  3. Second Permanent Station 1840-1842
  4. Death and Other Changes 1842-1846
  5. Depletion and Re-enforcement 1847-1850
  6. Progress of the Mission 1850-1852
  7. Another Re-enforcement 1852-1853
  8. Mrs. Phillips’s Return 1853-1854
  9. Mr. Phillip’s Return 1854-1855
  10. Bereavements in the Mission 1855-1857
  11. The Great Indian Mutiny 1857-1862
  12. Third Permanent Station 1862-1865
  13. Re-enforcements and Santal Schools 1865-1866
  14. Famine 1866-1867
  15. Zenana Work 1867-1869
  16. Brief Survey 1870-1885


A portion of the pages of this volume was written for the Missionary Helper, organ of the Free Baptist Woman’s Missionary Society, under the heading, “Reminiscences of the Free Baptist India Mission.” An awakened interest to know something of the work of the early missionaries called for a continuance of these papers till they covered nearly twenty years. Meanwhile, requests came from India and from different sections at home that, for their permanent preservation, the papers be published together in book form. The Woman’s Board undertook the task, requesting the writer to continue her “Reminiscences” to the present time. A correspondence covering the entire life of the mission, assisted by recent India Reports, has made it possible to do this, though those relating to the later years of the mission are little else than a brief record of some of the leading events connected with the work. It was intended to present the portraits of all the early missionaries, but it was found in some cases impracticable to secure satisfactory pictures.

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