Australia, 1840

Scope and Content

Includes letters from:

Frederick Miller, Hobart (fragment only) - plea for missionary ship to call at Hobart Town en route (as the Wesleyans do) to raise interest

joint letter from Thomas Slatyer, William Harbutt, Henry Dickson and George Drummond, Sydney

John Saunders, Sydney (temporary agent) - asks instructions on attitude to Catholic presence on South Sea islands; prophecy of Papua mission; Samoan teachers staying in Sydney being taught trades; death of Henry Dickson; enclosed letter from George Blaxland explaining Erromangans' hostility to missionary party; reasoned suggestion for Solomon Islands as mission field in Western Polynesia; story of contacts with Solomon Islands; arrival of Robert Ross (new agent); extract re evangelizing the whole Pacific

William Harbutt, Sydney

Thomas Slatyer, Sydney

Captain Robert Morgan, Sydney - some bones of John Williams and John Harris recovered, and buried at Apia

Robert Ross, Sydney - teachers left at Tanna and Erromanga; juvenile auxiliary association formed

John Edye Manning, Sydney - Supreme Court, releasing assets of John Harris's estate

Lancelot Threlkeld, Ebenezer, Lake Macquarie

George Griffin, Adelaide

Henry Nott, Sydney

George Drummond, Sydney

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

A detailed list of Australia Incoming Correspondence, 1798-1868 (list D1), is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

one letter fragmentary

Archivist's Note