Palmer, Samuel and Sarah
Name of creator(s): Palmer | Samuel | d 1846 | missionary
Administrative/Biographical history: Samuel Palmer: Wesleyan Methodist minister in Weymouth, England, 1826-1827; Melton Mowbray, 1827-1828; Oakham, 1828-1829; married Sarah Ann (née Dunman) in Dewlish, Dorset, 1829; ordained in Islington chapel, London, 1829; Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary in Salem, South Africa, 1829-1832; in Morley, South Africa, from 1832; died when suddenly taken ill while leading people away from fighting towards his mission station at Buntingville, 1846.
Custodial history: The papers were deposited with the Methodist Missionary Society and form part of the special series of biographical papers of individual missionaries.
Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the Methodist Missionary Society from 1978.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1828-, of Samuel Palmer and his wife Sarah, comprising memo book, dated 1828, including diary entries on the journey to South Africa, 1829, various accounts, lists of equipment, and other notes, many entries undated; letter from Samuel Palmer to John Dunman concerning his wife, preparations for the voyage to Africa, and ordination, 1829; account of travels in southern Africa [by Mrs Palmer], 1830; letter from Mrs Palmer to her family following her husband's death, 1846; manuscript copy of an obituary notice of Samuel Palmer from the Watchman ; account of journey from South Africa to St Helena [by Mrs Palmer], 1853, with a short inventory of children's clothes appended; typescript copy  of the couple's marriage certificate (1829); manuscript notes on the lives of Samuel and Sarah Palmer [early 20th century].
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ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche. Originals to be viewed only with written agreement from the Methodist Church.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society (Ref: MMS/WMMS), including letters from individual missionaries, among them Samuel Palmer (Ref: WMMS/MMS South Africa Correspondence).
Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers (SOAS ref: Fiche Box Number Special Series 9-10).
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers (1841); Wesleyan Missionary Notices, Nov 1846, p 182, May 1847, p 84, Jul/Jul 1847, pp 97, 100; WMMS Annual Report (1850), p 55; WMMS Annual Report (1851), p 57.
Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2002