Arthington Trust Collection
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Administrative/Biographical history: The missionary philanthropist Robert Arthington (1823-1900) was the only son of Maria and Robert Arthington of Leeds, England, and was brought up as an evangelical evangelist. However, following the disownment of his mother by the Leeds monthly meeting of the Society of Friends, Arthington himself left the Society, later becoming associated with the South Baptist Chapel.
From the 1850s until his death, Arthington devoted himself to overseas missions, aided in 1864 by the inheritance of £200,000 from his father. As a premillennialist, Arthington's philanthropy was conditional upon missionary endeavours taking place in previously unreached areas. To this end, Arthington funded and encouraged such ventures as the Baptist Missionary Society and the London Missionary Society. For instance, in 1877 both the Baptist Missionary Society Congo mission, and the London Missionary Society Central Africa mission were established thanks to Arthington's benefaction, and in 1889 the Arthington Aborigines Mission was established amongst the hill tribes of Mizoram in North India, leading to subsequent evangelism in this area by the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Mission and the Baptist Missionary Society.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited in 1936 by the Secretary of the Trustees of the Arthington Trust.
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Date(s) of descriptions: 28th January 2002