Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Crosby and the Methodist by Jan Hare

By Jan Hare

In contrast to so much missionary scholarship that makes a speciality of male missionaries, Good Intentions long past Awry chronicles the reviews of a missionary spouse. It offers the letters of Emma Crosby, spouse of the well known Methodist missionary Thomas Crosby, who got here to castle Simpson, close to present-day Prince Rupert, in 1874 to establish a challenge one of the Tsimshian people.

Emma Crosby's letters to friends and family in Ontario make clear a serious period and undergo witness to the contribution of missionary other halves. They reflect the hardships and isolation she confronted in addition to her assumptions concerning the supremacy of Euro-Canadian society and of Christianity. The authors severely signify Emma's honest convictions in the direction of challenge paintings and the operating of the Crosby Girl's domestic (later to develop into a residential school), whereas while exposing them as a manufactured from the days during which she lived. in addition they research the jobs of local and mixed-race intermediaries who made attainable the feats attributed to Thomas Crosby as a heroic missionary persevering on his personal opposed to large odds.

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A very efficient Emma took charge. Her family became her helpmates rather than the other way around, as it had been previously. Hamilton March 11th 1874 My dear Mother, I am troubling you again – I write on business this morning. The time promises now to be very short before we leave for the west. Mr. C. was here last night – and it is almost certain the 1st May will be the latest – no time must be lost. I want to get dress-making done here – and my time is altogether my own now so that I can sew all day.

I will explain why when I see you. There is a lady here already who is to take my work – and tomorrow will be my last day in the school. It will be well for me, I think to remain ten days longer in the college. I want time to say good-bye to everyone – and to give out some dress-making – that grey silk might as well be made up, I suppose and I want to get a black one. I can get it at wholesale price and both had better be made here. I shall keep myself supplied with work as long as I am here. I scarcely see how everything is to be got ready but mean to manage it somehow or other.

Kindly left a pass in Toronto for us both from Detroit to Chicago and from Chicago to Omaha. Mr. C. got half fare for himself – that was all the reduction allowed us on any part of the route. Leaving Chicago there was nothing of particular interest, only as we went westward through Iowa the orchards we found in full bloom and vegetation more advanced than eastward. We reached Omaha Tuesday morning. There was an hour’s bustle and hurry, such numbers of passengers and immigrant families with their huge provision baskets and bags – and yet the arrangements for checking and securing tickets and berths and so on on these American railways is so perfect that really travelling is made as safe and comfortable as it seems possible to make it.

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