Photocopy of descriptions published by George Baxter of his prints of the Reception of Rev. John Williams at Tanna, and the Massacre of Rev. John Williams and Mr Harris at Erromanga

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Scope and Content

Full title reads, "Two Specimens of Printing in Oil Colours: one representing the Reception of the Rev John Williams at Tanna, in the South Seas; the other, the Massacre of that Excellent Missionary on the Island of Erromanga, where he and his friend Mr Harris became the Proto-Martyrs of Christianity in the Australian Seas. Executed by George Baxter, Inventor and Patentee. With a description, by J. Leary, one of the survivors of the massacre; and an account of the islands [Tanna and Erromanga] when visited by Captain Cook and Captain Dillon. Published by the Patentee, George Baxter, 3 Charterhouse Square, London, 1841". Thought to have been given away with purchases of the prints.

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Acquisition Information

Photocopy of an original document held in the Mitchell Library [?], Australia. The copy was given to the London Missionary Society by Professor J. E. Davidson, Professor of Pacific History, Canberra University, August 1956, and later transferred to SOAS Library.

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Related Material

For copies of the two colour prints, "The Reception of the Rev J. [John] Williams, at Tanna, in the South Seas, the day before he was massacred", and "The Massacre of the Lamented Missionary the Rev. J. [John] Williams and Mr Harris", see South Seas Pictures/12 and 13.