Palmer, Samuel and Sarah


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMS Box 603
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Palmer, Samuel and Sarah
Date(s) of contents: 1828-[1933]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 0.5 box

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Palmer | Samuel | d 1846 | missionary
Palmer | Sarah Ann | fl 1829-1853 | née Dunman | 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.

Following her husband's death, Mrs Palmer founded a girls' school at Butterworth, South Africa, in 1849-1850, where local girls could learn to read the Scriptures and were catechised and taught other elementary subjects. Owing to wars in the region which hindered travel, she did not return to England until 1853.

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-[1933], 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 [1846]; account of journey from South Africa to St Helena [by Mrs Palmer], 1853, with a short inventory of children's clothes appended; typescript copy [1933] of the couple's marriage certificate (1829); manuscript notes on the lives of Samuel and Sarah Palmer [early 20th century].

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

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.

ALLIED MATERIALS

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).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Accounting
Ancient religions
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Clothing
Diaries
Educational missionaries
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Finance
Financial administration
Literary forms and genres
Methodism
Methodists
Missionaries
Missionary work
Nonfiction
Ordained missionaries
Prose
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Religions
Religious activities
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Textiles
Travel
Travel abroad
Wives of missionaries

Personal names
Dunman | John | fl 1829
Palmer | Samuel | d 1846 | missionary
Palmer | Sarah Ann | fl 1829-1853 | née Dunman | missionary x Dunman | Sarah Ann

Corporate names
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

Places
Saint Helena
South Africa
Southern Africa