|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
Samuel Leigh papers, 1818 -- 1824
This series is open for research.
This series contains 128 pages of correspondence retyped from the nineteenth-century originals. The majority of the collection is made up of correspondence, though there are parts of Leigh's journal entries scattered throughout, whether as individual documents or as quoted in his letters. In his letters, Leigh discusses religious life and the missionary progress being made in New South Wales, including Sydney and Windsor, and also expounds on the civilization of the natives such as their customs, traits, appearance, manners, and opinions. The difficulties and hardships that he and his colleagues had to endure are also enumerated. Leigh reflects upon his experience in New Zealand, especially with the natives and his first encounters on the Island, and his return to Australia due to ill health.
This series is arranged in chronological order.