Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Crosby and the Methodist by Jan Hare

By Jan Hare

In contrast to so much missionary scholarship that makes a speciality of male missionaries, Good Intentions long gone Awry chronicles the stories of a missionary spouse. It offers the letters of Emma Crosby, spouse of the well known Methodist missionary Thomas Crosby, who got here to citadel Simpson, close to present-day Prince Rupert, in 1874 to establish a challenge one of the Tsimshian people.

Emma Crosby's letters to friends and family in Ontario make clear a serious period and undergo witness to the contribution of missionary other halves. They replicate the hardships and isolation she confronted in addition to her assumptions in regards to the supremacy of Euro-Canadian society and of Christianity. The authors seriously characterize Emma's honest convictions in the direction of undertaking paintings and the working of the Crosby Girl's domestic (later to turn into a residential school), whereas even as exposing them as a fabricated from the days within which she lived. additionally they research the jobs of local and mixed-race intermediaries who made attainable the feats attributed to Thomas Crosby as a heroic missionary persevering on his personal opposed to great odds.

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I am not sure – if not then very soon after. I dare say it is not worth while for [brother-in-law] George McKay to meet me in T. I think I will stop at Lefroy on my way up, if you can be there. I want to see you and my father as soon as ever I can. We can talk things over then at length – it will be a good deal of expense to take much with us – but for all but large heavy things less than the difference of the price, here & there. It is very kind of Papa to place so much at my disposal as he has – it will be ample for all I want.

Write just as soon as you can, dear Mother, to, Your affectionate daughter, Emma The first, fateful encounter between Emma Douse and Thomas Crosby grew out of his other task while in Ontario, apart from finding a wife, which was to raise money for the missionary cause. With the blessing of the Toronto Conference, which had authority over western Canada, including British Columbia, he and fellow missionary Egerton Ryerson Young travelled together to solicit support. The two turned up at Wesleyan Female College to plead their cause in late January 1874.

He was president of the Wesleyan Female College’s board of directors and very interested in mission work in British Columbia. ”34 Sanford was likely not troubled by the couple’s differences in background. The missionary rhetoric associated with Thomas gave him a status overshadowing his lack of personal attributes. His humble origins and brash exterior were not so very different from those of Emma’s father, a similarity she likely also observed. Both men were driven, as was Sanford, to save what they perceived to be “heathen” souls – a goal in which Emma shared.

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