Microfilm of published memoirs concerning George Keith's and Thomas Thompson's work for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Keith was the Society's first missionary to be sent to North America. Contains experiences in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; also Increase Mather, Samuel Willard, and conformists, principally Quakers.
The reel of microfilm contains the ninety-two-page tome (title page missions) of Keith's missionary exploits and the eighty-nine-page work of Thompson, An ACCOUNT of Two Missionary Voyages by the appointment of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The one to NEW JERSEY in NORTH AMERICA, the other from AMERICA to the Coast of GUINEY. Keith's printed journal covers the time from his embarking for America on April 28, 1702, to his return to England on August 14, 1704. It covers his experiences preaching in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Mention is made of his interaction with Increase Mather and with Samuel Willard, president of Harvard College. A good portion of the journal is taken up with Keith's denouncement of Quaker heresy.
Thompson's ACCOUNT was first published in 1758, when at least five hundred copies were known to exist. It was unknown to the S.P.G. for decades until it was rediscovered in the Rutgers University Library. The microfilm was done from a facsimile copy published in 1937. The book's title gives a good explanation of its contents; of special note is Thompson's painstaking effort to record African culture as he first encountered it.