Index to South Africa Pamphlet Volumes, William Thompson's Collection

Scope and Content

Index to 6 volumes of pamphlets relating to South Africa, compiled by the missionary William Thompson. The volumes of pamphlets are now held in the CWM Library, references as follows: vol 1 (CWML O279), vol 2 (CWML O280), vol 3 (CWML O281), vol 4 (CWML O283), vol 5 (CWML O282), vol 6 (CWML O284).

Administrative / Biographical History

William Thompson was born on 23 May 1811. He was appointed to Bellary with the London Missionary Society in 1836, arriving at Madras on 29 Dec 1836, and Bellary on 1 Feb 1837. He married Jessie Wardlaw in 1840. In Aug 1844, he proceeded to Madras to superintend the preparation of the new Kanarese type.After the death of his wife on 23 Feb 1849, he returned to England. Having accepted the Pastorate at Union Chapel, Cape Town, his connection with the Society ceased, but he was appointed Agent for the South African Missions of the Society. He arrived in Cape Town on 24 June 1850. He went on to become the General Treasurer for the South African missions, and a Commissioner for the preparation and management of the "Missionary Institutions' Act" of the Cape legislature. He ceased to act as Agent of the Society in March 1888. He died at Cape Town on 8 May 1889. His son, Ralph Wardlaw Thompson, became Foreign Secretary of the Society in 1881.

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