Name of creator(s): Pratt | Benjamin | 1853-1931 | missionary
Administrative/Biographical history: Benjamin Pratt was born on 9 August 1853. After working as a designer-draughtsman with the family firm, he studied for the ministry at Richmond College and was ordained in 1880. He was sent by the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society to Hyderabad, India, where he learned Telugu. In 1883 he established a station at Karim Nagar. The following year he married Mary Newsholme. She died in 1885, and in 1887 he married Edith Amelia Ball, with whom he had five children. In 1896 he became District Superintendent and moved to Secunderabad. In 1907 he returned to England after suffering a stroke. In 1920 he moved to Alberta, Canada. He died on 7 June 1931.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1995.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Letters of Benjamin Pratt to his family, 1884-1922. Also includes the publication By Bullock-Bandy and Bicycle , by J. Milner and C. Pratt, which includes transcripts of Benjamin Pratt's letters.
System of arrangement: The letters have been arranged in chronological order.
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS), including its predecessor the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society.
Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000