Colonial missionaries' papers from America and the West Indies, 1701-1870

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Journal, annual sermons and reports of the SPG, 1701-1870

Journal, annual sermons and reports of the SPG, 1701-1870

That they demean themselves not only inoffensively and prudently; but so as to become remarkable Examples of Piety and Virtue to the Ship's Company
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The American First Nations' meetings with missionaries are recorded here

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This collection offers a range of documents which reveal details of the lives the missionaries of the USPG really led. Starting with the formation of the USPG by Royal Charter in 1701, the reports, letters, minutes and accounts of places like Canada in the eighteenth to nineteenth century inform the reader about the colonists' attitudes and perceptions of American and other colonies during this period. Several documents in this collection feature commentary, directly or indirectly, on relations between the colonisers and the first nations such as the Iroquois and Algonquians including the Address of Indian sachems to Queen Anne. While missionaries first started working in the Gold Coast of Africa from 1752, work in Asia and India was first chronicled as a subject in itself nearly sixty years later in around 1815. The annual sermons of the society's preachers provide an opportunity to observe how various verses from the bible are used, to assert the value of the society's mission, during different phases within it.

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Colonial missionaries' papers from America and the West Indies, 1701-1870...

Containing 40,034 pages belonging to 195 documents housed in 4 volumes...

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Volumes

Founding documents of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

Reproduced here are the text of the original royal charter granted by King William III for the Society, together with...

Journal of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

Covering the period 1701-1870, the fifty volumes of this Journal record the proceedings of the Society and, for the 18th...

Appendix to SPG Journal

The four volumes of appendices contain reports, petitions, and sundry other documents referred to in the proceedings or correspondence recorded...

Annual sermons and reports of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1701-1845

The greater part of the Society's work during the 18th century was concentrated in the American colonies, although work in...

Insights

  • These records reveal who the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel were and how they reported the results of their work. The SPG, later the USPG, would run missionary schools throughout the British Empire.
  • The journal of the Society is a series of minute books. The level of detail in the minutes increased over the years as the Society itself grew. By the 1730's the minutes contained detailed descriptions of colonies.
  • Each of these sermons was preached at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, by a senior member of the church. This enables the reader to compare how sermon styles changed over 150 years.
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