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William Elliot Griffis collection, [1873]-1903.

Author: William Elliot Griffis
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Consists of selected correspondence and manuscripts of William Elliot Griffis about the history of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. mission to Japan in 1859. Griffis collected this material for a book he was publishing about the medical missionary James Curtis Hepburn, his devotion to the Presbyterian Church, and his role and contributions to foreign missionary work and education in China and in Japan, as
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Manuscripts
History
Sources
Named Person: J C Hepburn; J C Hepburn
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William Elliot Griffis
OCLC Number: 298180709
Description: .20 linear ft. (1 half-size archival box)

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Consists of selected correspondence and manuscripts of William Elliot Griffis about the history of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. mission to Japan in 1859. Griffis collected this material for a book he was publishing about the medical missionary James Curtis Hepburn, his devotion to the Presbyterian Church, and his role and contributions to foreign missionary work and education in China and in Japan, as related to the mission of the Presbyterian Church in U.S.A. (Griffis's HEPBURN OF JAPAN AND HIS WIFE AND HELPMATES: A LIFE STORY OF TOIL FOR CHRIST was published in 1913.)

Included are a manuscript essay about the history of the mission to Japan and an autobiographical letter about Hepburn's life, both written by Hepburn and sent to Griffis. There are also several letters from Hepburn to Griffis responding to Griffis's questions about his life history. There is correspondence between Griffis and others who came into contact with Hepburn during his lifetime, including diplomats, church officers, dignitaries, and Hepburn's Japanese students, who were asked to provide information and recollections of him. Other correspondents include the Rev. James H. Ballagh and his daughter, the author Carrie Elizabeth Harrell; Harlan P. Beach; Rev. Thomas Rissel Beeber; Dr. John C. Berry; Varnum Lansing Collins; the Japanese diplomat Count Tadasu Hayashi, who wrote an essay (TMs) about Hepburn; J.C. Hepburn's son, Samuel Hepburn, and his nephew S.B. Hepburn; Robert Elliott Speer of The Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in New York; John Grier Stockton; Korekiyo Takahashi, the Japanese statesman and financier; and John Crittenden Watson.

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