Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Canadian Evangelist Journal, 1848-1849

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2013

Summary Information
Title: Canadian Evangelist journal
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1848-1849
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
The Canadian Evangelist journal chronicles the daily activities of an anonymous Protestant evangelist during a nine-month missionary journey from Quebec to Scotland and England. Both in Canada and abroad, the author made frequent visits to schools, prisons, taverns, and churches of different Christian denominations.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1977. M-1794.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Canadian Evangelist journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

The anonymous author of this volume was a Protestant minister based in Montréal, Québec, in the late 1840s. In November 1848, he embarked on the Erromango , a ship owned by James Kelso of Greenock, Scotland, for a nine-month missionary journey through Scotland and England. He returned to Montréal in August 1849.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Canadian Evangelist journal (94 pages) chronicles the daily activities of an anonymous Protestant evangelist during a nine-month missionary journey from Quebec to Scotland and England. Both in Canada and abroad, the author made frequent visits to schools, prisons, taverns, and churches of different Christian denominations.

The diary begins on October 25, 1848, in Quebec, and the first entries reflect the author's everyday activities, which included visiting local residents and collecting funds for an unnamed society. On November 5, 1848, he embarked for Glasgow, Scotland, on the Erromango . During the voyage, he preached to sailors and passengers, conducted Sunday church services, and spent much of his leisure time writing and reading. After his arrival in late November, he visited local prisons, asylums, and schools; distributed religious tracts in taverns and barbershops; and attended temperance meetings, particularly in London. The schools he visited included Hebrew institutions. On Sundays, he attended Protestant religious services, and he also commented on Catholic in Montréal and London (May 25, 1849). In addition to corresponding with numerous religious leaders and members of the peerage, he also composed essays addressed to local newspaper editors. While in Britain, the author visited Greenock, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, Scotland, and Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport, Birmingham, London, Uxbridge, Bristol, Bath, and Brighton, England. The author sailed from Glasgow to Montréal in August 1849, and arrived on August 31. The final entries concern the author's daily activities in Montréal until October 24, 1849.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Christian life.
    • England--Religious life and customs.
    • Evangelistic work.
    • Evangelists.
    • Montréal (Québec)--Religious life and customs.
    • Public worship--Great Britain.
    • Scotland--Religious life and customs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Canadian Evangelist journal,  October 25, 1848-October 24, 1849 [series]: