30 November 1888
A large number of members and workers of the East London Evangelisation Society and Lodging-house Mission, met, last night, at the Gospel Hall, Osbourne-place, Brick-lane, Whitechapel, for the purpose of giving a hearty welcome to the new president, John Lobb, Esq., C.C., M.L.S.B.
Mr. J. Harvey, honorary secretary, in reading the report, said the most important feature of the society's work was to carry the gospel to the men, women, and children residing in the common lodging-houses. The members of the society, therefore, on each recurring Sabbath, hold services in the kitchens of the various lodging-houses, both at the East and West-end of London. The society had been the means of re-instating many men who had seen better days. During the last six months no less than 26 men had been permanently removed from their evil surroundings and were now occupying respectable positions n life, and this had been done at a cost of 6s. 8d.
Mr. John Lobb, in responding o the hearty welcome accorded him, said never had any society such a glorious future before it. They aimed at reaching the lowest members of society, and uplifting them from their baneful surroundings. That was the sort of pioneer work that was wanted in the metropolis to counter-act the demoralising influences of Socialism and Secularism with which, unfortunately, London was honeycombed. The whole funds of the society were devoted to the work, and no officer, from the president downwards was paid. Messrs. Gordon, Paynter, Maysmith, Shepherd, Nicholls, and others afterwards