Lectures on "The Mission Field of Metlakahtla"

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These lectures relate to William Duncan (1832-1918) and his missionary work among the Metlakatla [Tsimshian] Native Americans of British Columbia.

2 manuscript lectures on "The Mission Field of Metlahkatlah", the first covering the period c.1856-1869 and including an account of the initial mission at Fort Simpson, and the second covering the period c.1869-1873. Both quote extensively from reports, letters and other accounts by Duncan, other missionaries and visitors to the mission including R. A. Doolan; the Bishop of Columbia; E. Cridge, Dean of Victoria; and Vincent Colyer, United States Special Commissioner for the Indians.



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Acquisition note

Purchased by the library at Wellcome Collection in July 2012.

Biographical note

The author of these documents is unkown. Both are annotated [by the author] as having been read before members of the Young Men's Church Missionary Union, the first at "Mr Hall's residence" in January 1882 and the second on 23 July 1884.

Related material

For the involvement of Sir Henry Wellcome with Duncan's missionary endeavours see WA/HSW/ME. Wellcome Collection also holds journals, account-books and note-books of Arthur Wellington Clah (1831-1916), a prominent member of the Metlakatla Settlement, with extracts and notes by Wellcome [WMS/Amer. 140(1-72)] and a memorandum and account book of Albert Wellington (1881-1914), son of Arthur Wellington Clah [WMS/Amer. 141].

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  • 1913