Schlenther, Boyd S.
About the author: Dr. Schlenther is Reader in history at The University of Wales/Aberystwyth. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Among his publications are several books, including The Diary of James Horne Morrison, A Scots Missionary in Canada (Mellen, 1995), and many articles, chapters, and review.1995 0-7734-9024-8
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, James Morrison went to Moose Jaw as a student-minister from April 1894-April 1895. His pen was sharp and incisive, his literary abilities of a high order. The diary paints splendid cameos of social, political and religious gatherings, often with wickedly funny observations. Moreover, the author produced beautifully crafted descriptions of natural phenomena. Together with its high literary merit, this journal is of decided historical importance -- an exceedingly rare first-hand account of life amongst the prairie settlers of western Canada during its formative period.1999 0-7734-8174-5
Reproduced here are all five of Makemie's published writings together with all his known correspondence, preceded by a biography which details his active and colorful life. This study provides an invaluable tool for understanding the genesis of one of America's major denominational traditions.