History of Society of Friends (Quaker) Missions

A history of Society of Friends (Quaker) MissionsHenry T. Hodgkin [1877-1933] sets out here an overview of the Society of Friends involvement in Missions from the time of George Fox [1624-1691] to the end of the Nineteenth Century. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing me with a copy of the book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Henry T. Hodgkin [1877-1933], Friends Beyond Seas. London: Headley Brothers Publishers, 1916. Pbk. pp.256. [Download complete book in PDF]


  1. The First Two Centuries
  2. The Formation of the Friends’ Foreign Mission Association
  3. Missionary Pioneers
  4. The Widening Horizon
  5. Fresh Fields and Larger Tasks
  6. The Churches in the Mission Field
  7. Progress at Home
  8. The Society of Friends and Foreign Missions


This present volume has a very definite purpose. Its object is to trace the history of foreign missionary endeavour in the Society of Friends from the days of George Fox until now, and to discuss the relation of Quakerism to the missionary movement. Those who seek a detailed history of every phase of missionary work carried on by Friends will be dis-appointed. Within the limits of space available, it would have been impossible to enter into such detail. The chief difficulty I have encountered has been the discarding of so large a part of the wealth of material available. I have been compelled to leave out much of very deep interest to the missionary student. In particular, little reference has been possible to isolated efforts either on the part of individual Friends or by small groups.. [Continue Reading]

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