Thomas Blossom, 1777-1855. Autobiography.

Scope and Content

Photocopy of copy manuscript account entitled "Life of Mr T. Blossom [written about the year 1847 when Mr Blossom was 70 years of age]". Includes typescript copies of letters from T. Blossom to the Home Secretary of the London Missionary Society, 22 Sep, 26 Sep 1846 and 27 Dec 1850 [originals with LMS Home Letters]. Also includes typescript copy of letter from Joseph Bunnell to George Bennet, 5 May 1830, [original with Tyerman and Bennet Deputation papers, Home Odds, Box 3], concerning an interview with Mr Blossom and his suitability for service with the LMS.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Blossom was appointed to the London Missionary Society as an Artisan (carpenter) to Tahiti in 1821. He first settled at Pirae, and in 1823 at Roby's Place. In 1826 he removed to Griffin Town and took general superintendence of the external affairs of the South Sea Academy. On account of ill-health, he retired from the mission in 1844.

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Custodial History

A note on first page reads "[copied March 1895 from the original MS Book lent me by his son...]". Additional notes suggest that the copy manuscript was made by W. Richardson, Hull, and a [photo]copy of this was made by Hull University Library in August 1963 from the manuscript at Hull Reference Library, Local History Department. This is noted as being part of a collection of Notes on Local History, deposited by A. E. Trout.