Correspondence in the Herring family section of the collection includes several significant items. A letter (July 2, 1897) from Herring to his sister in Pender County, N.C., contains a detailed description of Sydney, Australia. The letter includes Herring's opinions of the Japanese, a comparison between Australian Bushmen and American Indians and a comparison between American and Australian Baptists. A letter from George Herring to his Aunt Ethel (April 2, 1922) tells of the Herrings's difficulties during the Boxer Rebellion and contains his opinions on the role of missionary work. George'sattitudes toward China, its people and future are also discussed. In a letter to Mrs. Taynton (April 17, 1958) her sister relates childhood memories of missionary life in China.
Included in the Herring family section are several family photographs and two pamphlets written by David Wells Herring. One, entitled
A Manly Boy, is the story of Herring's first son Manly Yates Herring. Travels in both China and North Carolina are narrated along with Herring's personal views on religion, children and Christian education for the young. The second pamphlet is a revision of an earlier work entitled,
A Departure In Our China Mission. The original
Departure outlined Herring's dissent against the Baptist Foreign Mission Board. The revised version is a document of reconciliation with the Board. Other significant non-correspondence material in the Herring family section consists of entries in the records of the North China Mission. In these 1892 entries, Herring's break with the Board is outlined.
Information pertaining to the Herring family and to Mrs. Taynton is also to be found in a section of the collection devoted to newspaper clippings and reviews of
Papa Wore No Halo. One of the articles written by Mrs. Taynton (
Greensboro Daily News, May 28, 1972) relates the activities of seven North Carolinians in China. The article contains biographical sketches of David Wells Herring, Matthew Yates, Richard McKenna, Lee Parker, Collier Cobb, Thomas Jernigan and Arthur Ringwalt.
The remainder of the collection pertains to the publication of
Papa Wore No Halo and consists of correspondence with Mrs. Taynton's editor, Jerry Simpson, and her publisher, John F. Blair (of John F. Blair Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina). The correspondence for the most part deals with editorial revision of the manuscript of
Papa Wore No Halo. Other subjects, however, such as publicity, philosophy of writing, royalties, the problems of publication, and author-publisher relations are treated in detail.
The oversize folder contains issues of
Our Missionary Helper (July, Aug., Nov., 1904; Jan., Mar., June, July, Nov., 1905).