[WALKER, F. Deaville]
[Typescript of letters sent home from a missionary voyage to India]
At sea aboard the S.S. Kitano Maru or in India: August 1920 to January 1921. Quarto. (10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches). 46 leaves. With a few handwritten corrections and additions. Inscribed on the upper cover "Travel Letters ... My own personal private copy." [With:] Autograph letter signed to his son, written from Ceylon, dated Sept. 20, 1920.
Contemporary stiff paper covers.
An English missionary's travels throughout India.
Wesleyan missions in the British colonies began in 1786, with the first mission in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) being established in 1814, in Madras (present-day Chennai) in 1817, and further missions in Negapatam, Hyderabad, Mysore, Calcutta, Lucknow and Bombay by 1903. The Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (WMMS), which coordinated these foreign mission activities, was established in 1818. This typescript records a well-known Methodist missionary's epistolary diary from a trip to India between August 1920 and January 1921, with a visit to Marseilles, before proceeding through the Suez to Ceylon, Madras, Conjeeveram, Bangalore, Tumkur, Hassan, Mysore, Gwalior, Landour, Bulandshahr, Haidarabad, Secunderabad, and more. It includes descriptions of the voyage from England to India and his travels across India doing mission work (visiting colleges, boarding schools, and hospitals) with much on the peoples encountered. It also discusses visits to Hindu temples and fortresses and Muslim mosques and various festivals. Walker, the long-time editor of the WMMS newsletter Foreign Field and a prolific author, would publish his impressions from this trip as India and Her Peoples (London: Weslyan Methodist Missionary Society, 1922).