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'File 36/1 (1 A/7) American Mission in Bahrain' [‎90r] (179/262)

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The record is made up of 1 file (131 folios). It was created in 24 May 1934-7 Oct 1945. It was written in English, German and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Via Bombay
vcnir note of Tan. is before me as T write.
nr. Hosmon worked with the Arabian Mission for about ?5 years, ^e all kno^ he-- very
•ell. Her Surgical capacity is limited, but her general medical work is excellent
m and her spirit in ministering to all and snnd^v very fine. w*r Evangelistic ^eal
3 is ver/ great, but, her tact is unusual, and so far as T know the Arab rulers under
' whom she has worked have esteemed work very highly indeed. T d 0 not believe
that-there has been an exception to this at ary time. She is very much a lady ?
by the Brisish as well as by the American definition of that term.
nr. Hosmon left our organization because she,in her relirious convictions, is of
a ver, conservative type indeed, Most of us are somewhat more liberal, and she felt
that she did not wish to remain associated with a group with whom she diccp re d so
strong! • ^e were sorr to see her go, but she left with our very best wisnes f *or her
independent missionary career, and those rood wishes she has still.
Dr. Hosmon has been trying for some years to get a -roup to come out and join
her in ter work for the villages of Oman. T think that r ou can take without hesitation
her assurance that ary such workers gtetTshe secures will be extremely 1 yal to the
British rule in Arabia. ™hat she says in her letter is perfectly true, 0 ^n con-
victions have always run that way. 'Hie rrouo with whom she is in + ouch andjTr-om which
her recruits will come, feel the same way.
Moreover I think that under her tutelage, and fr~cm their own previous + en-
dencies, her new recruits will do well in the matter of tact, and will commend them
selves to the Arabs with whom they work.
T am not entirely clear as to the character of the Independent Presbyterian Board
which ste expects to send these new missionaries out,. It might be ^ell to assure
ourself that this is a bona ^ide Missionary Board an^ that t ^ salaries and support o-
these new missionaries are reasonably assured, so that they will not he left at some
later date stranded and hungry out in the middle o° the Oman coast. Br. Hosmon*s
•^group of personal friends at home,is sufficient to make her a safe free lance, in any
Vevent, but I do not think that she has a group of friends adeouate **or such a rroup as
she mentions.
of missionaries of the type she proposes to bring, can come out and work there
her. I hope that ary help that ary help that vou ^eel you can properly give, wi*ll
W4th t hit single proviso, I think it will be a very good thinv indeed, if a group

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The file contains correspondence between British officials regarding employees of the American Mission Hospital in Bahrain.

The topics discussed include the appointment of Dr W H Storm to a position in Bahrain, visits made by Dr L P Dame to treat patients in Dubai and Sharjah (including a letter in Arabic from the ruler of Sharjah) and details regarding a number of possible candidates for employment as doctors at the hospital including their curricula vitae and references (some of which are in German).

The file also contains correspondence related to the activities of a female American missionary and doctor based in Kalba (on the Trucial coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) named S L Hosmon. This correspondence concerns her activities to date and her desire to bring more missionaries to the region to work with her.

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1 file (131 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 131; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-108; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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