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(TRAVEL.) Child, Abbie B. Diary of a missionary trip to England, Turkey, and Spain. 16,  manuscript pages. Oblong folio, 9 1/2 x 12 inches, disbound, with front board present but detached; minor wear and dampstaining to contents, with copious printed ephemera and botanical specimens from the trip mounted within. Vp, 27 March to 4 July 1888
Abbie Bullock Child (1840-1902) served as home secretary for the Congregational Women's Board of Missions from 1870 until her death, serving as a leader for missionaries across the globe. This volume begins with a visit to the International Institute for Girls in San Sebastian, Spain, followed by a long visit to missions in Turkey. She arrived in London on 9 June for the Centenary Conference on Protestant Missions of the World. On 13 June, she was asked to make an impromptu speech at a luncheon: "I refused most emphatically but I saw that he put my name down nevertheless, so when speech time came I ignominiously fled from the hall & escaped." The next day was her scheduled speech, still regarded as an inspiration to female missionaries--but she noted only "Read my paper in the morning." The volume concludes with sight-seeing in England. Provenance: found among the papers of the Whitman family (lot 288). Her niece Myra Lindt Child (1870-1922) married Edward Hamilton Whitman.
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