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India and Oxford
Fifty Years of the Oxford Mission to Calcutta

London: SPCK, [n.d., but 1933]

Chapter I. Origins and Methods
Chapter II. The Oxford Mission and the Educated Classes
Chapter III. Barisal
Chapter IV. The Sisterhood of the Epiphany
Chapter V. The District
Chapter VI. Behala
Chapter VII. Conclusion

Appendix. The Diocese of Assam


This is not a history of the Oxford Mission; it is a summary of its present activities and a description of its methods, with a short account of its origin, in answer to an urgent demand from devoted workers in England and elsewhere for something of brief compass which they can put into the hands of those who ask, What is the Oxford Mission? What is it doing? How does it work? It is hoped that it may be of use to circles of people who study and discuss the overseas Mission work of their Church. In the first chapter there is an account of the circumstances in which it took its birth at Oxford and of the motives which actuated the great leaders who fostered it. The names of Edward King, Henry Scott Holland, Henry Parry Liddon, Edward Willis, Marsham Argles, William Bright, Charles Gore, Edward Talbot and others, will always be held in honour and reverence, and by none more deeply than by the members of the Oxford Mission. Only the last named remains on this side; the rest help and support the Mission with fuller knowledge in the fuller light to which they have attained.

This book goes out at a critical time. All the work which is here described is being fully maintained, but the majority of those on the men's side have reached an age when in the nature of things they must before long lay down their task. The average age of the senior six Brethren is over sixty-eight. If the reading of this book should lead some priests to come and take up the task which the majority must soon lay down, it will not have been sent forth in vain.

Lent, 1933.

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