"A Sierra Leone family (Christian) in its Sunday attire. Mr. Balmer and I stayed a night in the house in the background, the house of this family. The father is a farmer and had left for his farm amongst the hills when this was taken." Group portrait of mother, daughter and two sons. A further man can be seen at the window of the house.; Methodist Missionary work in West Africa had begun in 1811 with Coke's mission to Sierra Leone. A second station was opened on the River Gambia in 1821, and on the Gold Coast in 1834.