The missionaries of the London Missionary Society were a prolific bunch of writers. This post is my effort to put into one place a bibliography of writings by LMS missionaries. Unfortunately I have not gathered the gumption to annotate it.
I have not meant this post to be a list of writings about the LMS, nor is it a list of the numerous other publications that concern my area of expertise (that area is specifically a very small region southeast of Lake Tanganyika), but some closely related writings have crept in. Hopefully I will update this post in the future, but this current list features heavily the easily googleable works of missionaries that have appeared so far in my transcriptions of The Chronicle of the London Missionary Society (1876-1880, 1881-1885, 1886-1890, 1891-1895, 1896-1900). It does not include articles from the Chronicle (you’ll have to reference my transcriptions yourself), and I am unfortunately sure that it also excludes many ephemera that these missionaries published back in their day. I have marked which ones are available to read online, which is a healthy number actually.
The most glaring gap in this post is the largest collected body of writings on the LMS, ie the London Missionary Society Archives at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I live every day in hope that someone will provide an all expenses paid opportunity for me to hang out at the University of London for a few months scanning those archives so I can upload them to the internet. Anyways please enjoy.
- Pamphlet: The Mission in Central Africa, from the letters and journals of the Revs. J.B. Thomson and A.W. Dodgshun, and Messrs. E.C. Hore and W. Hutley, 1879 (available online)
Arthur W. Dodgshun
Edward C. Hore
- Book: Tanganyika: Eleven Years in Central Africa, 1892 (available online)
- Book: S.S. John Williams: Captain Hore’s Narrative of the Leading Incidents of Voyage No. 2, 1895
- Article: “The Heart of Africa,” National Geographic Magazine, 1891 (available online)
- Article: “How I Went to Lake Tanganyika,” Transactions of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, 1890 (available online)
- Article: “Lake Tanganyika,” Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, 1882 (available online, maps here and here)
- Article: “On the Twelve Tribes of Tanganyika,” Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 1883 (available online, also at JSTOR)
- Book: Missionary to Tanganyika, 1877-1888, 1970 (a book of his writings)
- British Museum entry
Annie B. Hore
- Book: To Lake Tanganyika in a Bath Chair, 1889 (available online, courtesy me)
- Book: The Central African Diaries of Walter Hutley, 1877 to 1881, 1976
- Thesis: Walter Hutley: Missionary to East Central Africa, 1877-1881, by Jelena Rahel Jaehnig, 1993
Rev. Harry Johnson
Rev. David Picton Jones
- Book: After Livingstone, 1968 (written by Rev. Jones, published by his daughter)
- Pamphlet: Outlines of kiMambwe Grammar, 1893
- British Museum entry
Rev. Cecil H. Nutter
Made a number of bible translations into Bemba.
Rev. William Govan Robertson
- Book: An Introductory Handbook to the Language of the Bemba People, 1904 (available online)
I was unfamiliar with Mabel Shaw as I haven’t read that far in the Chronicle yet, and found her while looking for T.F. Shaw. For her works please see this article.
Rev. Alfred J. Swann
- Book: Fighting the Slave-Hunters in Central Africa, 1910 (available online)
Rev. James Baird (J.B.) Thomson