Robson, Isaac (1801-1885)

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Isaac Robson (1801-1885), an English Quaker, was delegated with Thomas Harvey (1812-84) to visit the Mennonites living in South Russia in 1867. They first made contact with the Mennonites of South Germany living in the area of Neuburg, Bavaria; the Oesch family and a Jakob Hege are named in their report. In Berdyansk they established long-lasting connections with Cornelius Jansen, who was then the Prussian consul. Guided by him, they went on to the Molotschna, visiting Gnadenfeld, Halbstadt, Felsenthal, Neukirch, Orloff, Rudnerweide, Steinbach and Tiegenhagen, namely, those congregations that in comparison to Petershagen and Pordenau were considered more progressive. At the beginning of 1868 Robson sent an open letter to the South Russian Mennonites, more specifically to Jansen, urging them to spread the Gospel in their vicinity. The publication of this letter was stopped by Russian censorship. The connection with Cornelius Janzen however, remained. The original with Cornelius Jansen’s German translation is preserved in the Cornelius Janzen Collection in the Mennonite Library and Archives (North Newton, Kansas). The English Quakers gave the Mennonites immigrating to America generous financial support. On 8 February 1879, they sent a letter to the immigrant Mennonites in America, which was printed in that year at Elkhart, Indiana (copy in the Mennonite Historical Library [Goshen, Indiana.])


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Author(s) Ernst Crous
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 347. All rights reserved.

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