Document consists of a typescript transcription of a handwritten manuscript by Thomas Crosby. The manuscript is comprised of brief notes on mission work among indigenous communities between 1859 and 1892.
Thomas Crosby was the most well-known of the Methodist missionaries living and working with Indigenous communities along the northwest coast. Coming from Woodstock, Ontario, he began his work on the west coast in the 1860s as a teacher at the Nanaimo Indian Day School. From 1874 to the 1890s, Thomas and Emma Crosby were based out of Port Simpson, which essentially became the headquarters for so-called "Indian Missions". His summary of the mission work appears to be drawn from the Methodist Missionary Society Reports. Among the notes are comments relating to day and residential schools at Port Simpson, Kitamaat, and Chilliwack (Sardis). This document gives the sense of the schools in the broader context of Methodist mission work.