Mr Robert Snowdall

Scope and Content

Journal begins with his departure from England and ends on route to Somerset in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Contains a draft manuscript entitled 'Some account of my Xtian Experience'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Snowdall became a member of the Methodist Church in 1813 with his first appointment as a minister to Pembroke, Wales, in August 1822, where he remained until he transferred to Chelmsford, Essex, in 1823. He expressed a formal interest in missionary work and was examined by the missionary committee in February 1824 and selected to serve in South Africa. On 25 April 1824 he departed Gravesend, Kent, aboard the brig 'Mary', to serve in Delagoa Bay [Maputo Bay, Mozambique]. In 1825 he relocated to the Cape where he remained until 1829 when he moved to Butterworth in the Eastern Cape. After a brief tenure preaching to 'Chaka's Tribe' [Zulu?] in 1830 he took up residence in Grahamstown. Here in late February 1831 he was taken ill and subsequently died of dysentery on 24 March 1831.

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Related Material

Also within the records of the (Wesleyan) Methodist Missionary Society is the official correspondence for Robert Snowdall whilst working in South Africa (MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/General/FBN 1, MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Albany/FBN 2 & MMS/South Africa/Correspondence/Cape/FBN 7). Furthermore, the synod minutes will detail his work, and that of his colleagues, in the districts in South Africa he served (MMS/South Africa/Synod Minutes/FBN 1).

An extract from a letter written by Snowdall and William Shaw appears in the WMMS annual report for 1826. Shaw mentions Snowdall's illness and death in a letter partially reproduced in Wesleyan Missionary Notices, September 1831.