Fonds F02121 - William Morley Punshon fonds

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William Morley Punshon fonds

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  • 1865-1871 (Creation)
    Punshon, William Morley

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4 v., 1 carte de visite, 1 lithograph, .01 textual material

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PUNSHON, WILLIAM MORLEY, Methodist minister and author; b. 29 May 1824 at Doncaster, England, the only child of John Punshon and Elizabeth Morley; m. first 22 Aug. 1849 Maria Vickers (d. 1858), and they had at least four children; m. secondly 15 Aug. 1868 Fanny Vickers (d. 1870); m. thirdly 17 June 1873 Mary Foster; d. 14 April 1881 at Tranby Lodge, Brixton, Devon, England.
William Morley Punshon was one of the most highly regarded English religious leaders to serve in Canada during the Victorian period. His public lectures and sermons during his long career achieved widespread popularity throughout the empire while his administrative ability, especially in support of conciliation, church expansion, and missions, served the British Wesleyan connection well for almost 40 years. Punshon also composed poetry of a meditative and devotional nature. All his writing tended to be parabolical in form and moral in intention; unfortunately, it has not aged well. He is now remembered in Canada primarily for his important contributions to the progress of Wesleyanism in the years immediately following confederation.

Custodial history

This fonds is an amalgam of material collected from at least three different sources. The first 3 volumes (3177) were purchased from the Old Authors Shop in 1967, At some point after that, two small additions were tipped into the box: photocopies of two autographed letters (1870, 1872) privately held by Mr. Stephen Sharpe of Toronto (3177.1) and a lithograph that was formerly a part of the Shortt Haydon Visual Collection (3177.2). In 2022 the final 1866 journal was purchased from Meridian Rare Books in London (3177.3).

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The fonds consists of four accruals. This first was a set of three volumes, kept by Punshon of his daily activities, speaking commitments and encounters of his European tours and his trip to British Columbia. The first volume contains records of two European trips, one from September through November of 1865, the second from a trip in May and June of 1866. The second volume records a European trip in September and October of 1867. The third journal chronicles a return journey made between Toronto and British Columbia from March through May of 1871, partially through the United States. It chronicles a a meeting with Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, travels through California, encounters in Nanaimo with the local Indigenous community, and journeys to New Westminster, Fort Hope and Fort Yale. All of the journals are illustrated by photographs, newspaper clippings, pressed leaves, flowers and plants of the various areas. The second addition to this fonds were two photocopied letters to J. C. Aikens detailing Punshon's desire to send a missionary to the Red River Rebellion in Manitoba and another from two years later in 1872 outlining his thoughts about the province. The third accrual is a lithograph of Punshon from the World Illustrated news. The fourth accrual is another travel journal that curiously covers the exact same time period as the May through June 1866 journal in the first accrual, with entries and photographs from the same journey with slightly different phrasing or inclusions. A handwritten copy or predecessor.

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 3177
  • Box: 3177.1
  • Box: 3177.2
  • Box: 3177.3