Collection MC230 - Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

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Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

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  • Textual record

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  • 1702-1885 (Creation)
    Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

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5 cm of textual records and 57 reels of microfilm

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(Chartered in 1701)

Administrative history

The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, begun by Dr. Thomas Bray of the Church of England to support missionary activity in the New England colonies, was chartered in 1701. After the American Revolution, its activities in America were restricted to British North America. The Society provided funds to build churches and rectories, to pay clergy, to support schools and to purchase books. It provided New Brunswick with its earliest clergymen and church infrastructure.

In 1938 the Reverend F. M. T. Palgrave made this calendar of the Society's correspondence related to New Brunswick. Palgrave was an etymologist and missionary with the Church Missionary Society. He had served in Stikine in Northern British Columbia from 1896-1902.

Custodial history

Palgrave's calendar was donated to the Legislative Assembly Library in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Scope and content

This collection consists of a detailed calendar of correspondence between clergy in New Brunswick and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in London, 1821-1848. Most of the letters are written from New Brunswick, with a few replies from London. There is also a calendar of the letters from Archdeacon George Coster of Fredericton, 1829-1844. Both calendars include an index of the names appearing, biographical notes on the writers of the letters, and abstracts of the letters.

There are also 56 reels of microfilm containing other records related to New Brunswick, acquired from the Society, including an index, journals (1747-1860), and calendars (1702-1885)

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Immediate source of acquisition

The calendar was transferred to the Archives from the Legislative Library, 1980.


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  • English

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Location of originals

The originals of the Society records are in Rhodes House, Oxford, UK.

Availability of other formats

57 reels of microfilm on film nos. F9991-F10000 and F10001-F10045. Index is on film no. F9991.

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A finding aid with microfilm reel numbers noted is available.

Associated materials

The Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) houses microfilmed records of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts it the Loyalist collection.

Records pertaining to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts are located in MC233, C1-29 at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

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