Autograph letter from Robert Campbell to the founder of the London Missionary Society, William Alers Hankey. Robert CAMPBELL.
Autograph letter from Robert Campbell to the founder of the London Missionary Society, William Alers Hankey.

Autograph letter from Robert Campbell to the founder of the London Missionary Society, William Alers Hankey.

Sydney: 1826.

ALS, single sheet of laid paper, stamped Portsmouth Ship Letter and London date stamp.

Campbell of the Wharf to the founder of the London Missionary Society

Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the banker and founder of the London Missionary Society, William Alers Hankey (1771-1859) referring to an enclosed Bill of lading for goods that Campbell has shipped. The letter was carried to London aboard the Mangles, a convict ship which had arrived in Sydney a month before.

Short letter dated 6 Mar 1826, written from Campbell's Wharf, signed by the wharf's owner, Robert Campbell (1769-1846) and addressed to the banker and founder of the London Missionary Society, William Alers Hankey (1771-1859) referring to an enclosed Bill of lading for goods that Campbell has shipped. The letter was carried to London aboard the Mangles, a convict ship which had arrived in Sydney a month before.

Campbell, a prominent merchant and Colonist, (befriended by Bligh and a witness for him at the Johnston trial), was associated with the London Missionary Society 'which acknowledged his "constant kindness and effective acts of friendship shewn towards our Society and its concerns". The society's missionary activity in the Pacific was early blended with speculative trading and Campbell acted for it as agent, banker and supplier at half his usual commission." (ADB)

Campbell's letter mentions the visit of (Daniel) Tyerman and (George) Bennett as 'your worthy deputation'. In 1821, Tyerman and Bennet were appointed by the London Missionary Society to observe their southern stations, sailing in the whaler Tuscan. They visited Tahiti and the Society Islands, Hawaii and the Marquesas. The two missionaries sailed from New South Wales to Hawaii on the Prince Regent, a schooner built at Port Jackson and given by the British government to King Kamehameha II. Their significant visit to the Hawaiian Islands and the important descriptions given here are discussed at length by Forbes. The published account of their voyage appeared in 1831. There is also a lengthy account of life in New South Wales, where they arrived in 1824. and is very extensive regarding the aborigines of New South Wales, with many trenchant comments on their conditions (their visit dates from just before the time when Brisbane allotted the London Missionary Society 10,000 hectares as an Aboriginal reserve).

Price (AUD): $1,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #4205941