Broadbent, Samuel


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0102 MMS Box 604
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Broadbent, Samuel
Date(s) of contents: 1815-1894
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 1 box

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Broadbent | Samuel | 1794-1867 | missionary

Administrative/Biographical history: Born at Baistow, Skircoat, near Halifax, Yorkshire, England, 1794; converted in early life and began to evangelise; ordained, 1815; Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society missionary to Ceylon, 1815-1820; missionary to southern Africa, 1820-1826; his health failed and he returned to England; minister at Penzance, Cornwall, England, 1826-1827; Ashby-de-la-Zouche, 1827-1830; Hereford, 1830-1833; Douglas, Isle of Man, 1833-1836; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1836-1839; Carlisle, 1839-1841; Newark, 1841-1844; Bramley, 1844-1846; Doncaster, 1846-1848; Warrington, 1848-1851; Grimsby, 1851-1854; Midsomer Norton, 1854-1857; Retford, 1857-1859; Darlington, 1859; became a supernumerary and settled at Lytham, continuing preaching and pastoral work, 1863; married firstly Louisa (1801-1832) and secondly Sarah (c1804-1865); died, 1867. Publications: The Pious and Princely Village Shoemaker; or, a Short account of Mr Joseph Watkins (J Mason, London, 1852); The Missionary Martyr of Namaqualand: Memorials of the Rev William Threlfall (J Mason, London, 1857); A Narrative of the First Introduction of Christianity amongst the Barolong Tribe of Bechuanas, South Africa: with a brief summary of the subsequent history of the Wesleyan mission to the same people (Wesleyan Mission House, London, 1865).

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, 1815-1894, of and relating to Samuel Broadbent, comprising his ordination certificate, 1815; notes for a sermon preached in Greetland before leaving for Ceylon, 1815; family letters, 1818-1872; printed Encyclopaedia of Knowledge [before 1826] belonging to Broadbent, vestige of his possessions destroyed at Maquassie in 1826, with a manuscript note by him [after 1826] concerning its history; volume containing manuscript English-Bechuana vocabulary and Lord's Prayer, undated, and other loose Bechuana texts; South African scalping knife; account [after 1832] of the life of Louisa Frances Broadbent; notes of Broadbent's journey to southern Ireland on missionary deputation with the Rev W Toase, 1833; printed article by Broadbent on agriculture in South Africa, 'Incidental results of Christian Missions', 1850; printed map of south-eastern Africa, 1857; various manuscript reminiscences by Broadbent, undated; photograph of Samuel Broadbent, unframed, and another, framed (with copy negative), both undated; manuscript copies [19th century] from letters of Miss Broadbent concerning the last hours of Samuel Broadbent, 1867; the Rev T A Chalker's 'The Story of an African Mission', from the Methodist Record (1894), mentioning Broadbent; undated photograph of the gravestone of Samuel and Sarah Broadbent; manuscript transcript [19th century] of the epitaph on the gravestone of Louisa Frances Broadbent.

System of arrangement:

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English and Bechuana

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted, but only to be viewed on microfiche. Originals to be consulted only with written agreement from the Methodist Church.

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Physical characteristics: Some of the letters are in a fragile condition.

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 Broadbent in Ceylon (Ref: MMS/WMMS Ceylon Correspondence) and South Africa (Ref: MMS/WMMS South Africa Correspondence).

Copies: Published on microfiche by IDC Publishers (SOAS ref: Fiche Box Number Special Series 10).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers (1862); Wesleyan Methodist Church Minutes of Conference (1867), p 27; British Library OPAC.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Agriculture
Ancient religions
Autobiographies
Books
Christianity
Christians
Clergy
Encyclopaedias
Evangelistic missionaries
Evangelistic missionary work
Lexicography
Literary forms and genres
Maps
Methodism
Methodists
Missionaries
Missionary deputations
Missionary work
Ordained missionaries
Photographs
Prayers
Prose
Protestant nonconformists
Protestant nonconformity
Protestantism
Protestants
Reference materials
Religions
Religious activities
Religious doctrines
Religious groups
Religious institutions
Religious movements
Religious practice
Religious texts
Sermons
Theology
Travel
Travel abroad
Visual materials
Vocabularies
Wives of missionaries

Personal names
Broadbent | Louisa Frances | 1801-1832 | first wife of the missionary Samuel Broadbent
Broadbent | Samuel | 1794-1867 | missionary
Broadbent | Sarah | c 1804-1865 | second wife of the missionary Samuel Broadbent
Chalker | Thomas A | 1851-1899 | missionary
Toase | William | 1782-1863 | missionary

Corporate names
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society

Places
Bechuanaland
Botswana
Ceylon
England
Greetland
Halifax
Ireland
Makwassie
Maquassie
Province of the North West
South Africa
South Asia
Southern Africa
Sri Lanka
UK
Western Europe
Yorkshire