Related Letters - 1901.07.19 Baring-Gould to Lloyd
Church Missionary Society.
19th, July 1901.
Dear Mr. Lloyd
- Since last writing, we have received your letters of May 27, June 6 and copy of “Mr perialrdicts” & e [sic].
- An opportunity having occurred of taking counsel with some eight or nine Missionaries working in China, but now in England, with regard to the question of law-suits, a recommendation originally adopted by the Mid China Conference held in October 1898 appeared to commend itself generally to the brethren– that Recommendation was to the following effect.
“That C.M.S. Native agents be forbidden without previous sanction from their Superintendent to have any business communications with the Yamens, or to undertake business for Christian or others in law-suits or local feuds, on pain of dismissal.”
We shall be obliged if you will take an early opportunity of bringing this matter up for the consideration of Conference, and we shall be glad to know whether the above recommendation commends itself to the brethren as a body, and if not, what modifications they can suggest. It seems most desirable, if possible, that some regulation of universal adoption application should be adopted throughout the Missions of the C.M.S. in China. If your conference can further draw up some recommendation for the guidance of the European Missionary, and some suggestions for the use of the superintending Missionary when dealing with Native Agents on this vexed question, we will thankfully bring such recommendations under the consideration of our Committee.
- There has been, we regret to say, some question in the minds of our Medical Board as to the return of Miss Barber to the Mission field. They have, however, sanctioned her doing so on the understanding that she be located in a place where she can obtain “good food and regular work.” It is evident, however, that you must not think of locating her again at Ning-taik. There are various reasons which render this inexpedient. Will you kindly ask your Women’s Conference to take into consideration the question as to a suitable sphere of work for Miss Barber? Her own mind appears to be rather in the direction of taking up work in connexion with Women’s Schools, but we do not know how far she is regarded as having the necessary qualifications for such work, or whether such a position is vacant for her.
- We have to inform you that the Rev. L.H.F. Star, having accepted an appointment to a Chaplaincy connected with the Seamen’s Mission, has thereforeby severed his connexion with the Society. We quite hope however that ere long he will again be enabled to offer for foreign service.
- With reference to your letter dated May 22nd., we have to inform you that grants amounting to $1282 under “Native Church” and “Native Agents”, previously disallowed in the Estimates, are sanctioned.
- We are glad to be able to inform you that some additional recruits are being sent out this Autumn to join the Fuh Kien staff; namely, - Miss Ramsey, who has received her training at our Highbury Institution, and will, I believe, prove an admirable country evangelist; Miss Coleman, too, who has been likewise trained at Highbury will be coming out in January next with a view to being associated with Miss Sears in Kien-yang. We are keeping her for a little extra medical training in order to increase her usefulness in connexion with the work at that Station. We shall be glad to hear what the Conference recommends as to the location of Miss Ramsey.
We remain, dear Mr. Lloyd, Yours very faithfully and affectionately,
(sd) B. Baring-Gould
(sd) H. E. Fox