Fonds F02121 - William Morley Punshon fonds

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William Morley Punshon fonds

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CA ON00239 F02121

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  • 1865-1871 (Creation)
    Punshon, William Morley

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3 v.

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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.

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The fonds consists of three journals, 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 in September and November of 1865, the second volume contains entries from a trip in May and June of 1866. The third journal chronicles a return journey made between Toronto and British Columbia from March through May of 1971, partially through the United States. It chronicles a a meeting with Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, travels through California, enounters in Nanaimo with the local Native 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.

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Purchase - Old Author's Farm (September 18, 1967)


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  • English

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