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London Missionary Society by sminobe on 16 July 2003 2:54am
 
Recently found a handwritten index to the microfilm reels on Africa (1867-1903) & am asking to have it catalogued! Wonder if MP did research for "The Missionary" & if he referenced any of these documents?! Various letters & records (expenses, requests for transfer, illnesses, locust swarms & crop failures, etc). And then there's this entry -- "July 17, 1902: Jennings cannot have Mrs. B.Wookey at Barkly in order not to antagonize J.T. Brown. Mrs. Wookey in an awkward position." Sounds like Lady Ames to me...
 
Re: London Missionary Society by canaveralgumby on 16 July 2003 5:36am
 
Sounds like you're getting to read some very cool archives!

I'm guessing, though, that the Great Dimpled One's research was of his great-grandparents' journals and diaries. "The Missionary" is like a precursor to "American Friends." It's like MP wasn't ready to come out with the whole, literal story of his great-grandparents at first, so he wrote this sort of stylized version that took a lot of license.

Did that make any sense?

 
Re: London Missionary Society by Dianne on 16 July 2003 6:44am
 
Changing the subject slightly. Cori, where did you get 'the Great Dimpled One' nickname from? Did you make it up? Michael was asked in an interview I watched, about this name and he laughed because he had never heard of it. The interviewer found the name on the Internet . . . . from your site perhaps?
 
Re: London Missionary Society by Dianne on 16 July 2003 6:47am
 
Had Michael in fact received the diaries when he was writing 'The Missionary'? I know he received them or it from a relative, but I'm not sure when.
 
Re: London Missionary Society by Louise on 16 July 2003 7:19pm
 
I`m wondering if The Missionary may have been inspired by the factual exploits of the Reverend Harold Davidson of Skiffkey, Norfolk.
He spent 6 days of the week in London `rescuing` fallen women, returning to his parish only on Sundays to preach a sermon.
In the 1930`s, a scandal about this ensued and he was defrocked by the C of E.
I assure you I didn`t make this up! I would love to know if MP did base the film on some aspects of this chap though ...

 
Re: London Missionary Society by Dianne on 16 July 2003 11:58pm
 
Hmm, sounds familiar Lou. Do you know what the scandal was?
 
Re: London Missionary Society by Louise on 17 July 2003 2:55am
 
The Reverend was outed by a journalist of the time! A very bizarre tale, as the defrocked Rev. supposedly ended his life being mauled by a lion whilst preaching in its cage.
Shades of Python ?

 
Re: London Missionary Society by canaveralgumby on 17 July 2003 5:32pm
 
HE WAS ASKED ABOUT "THE GREAT DIMPLED ONE"? ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! I wish I could have seen that! AGH!

At least he laughed! That's a good thing. I THINK I made that up. Can't remember an exact moment. I've been using that for a while.

Do you have that on tape by any chance?

As for the Reverend Davidson, he was ready to be a lion tamer, he DID have his own hat.
 
Re: London Missionary Society by Dianne on 18 July 2003 12:19am
 
Yes I do have it on tape by chance. It is a copy of a copy and before you ask me to make a copy for you, that is not possible because you are in the wrong country. Wrong format in other words.

I'd like to know who was the idiot who came up with different formats for different countries. It does cause some difficulties.

The next best thing I could do for you Cori is type out what was said when your nickname for Michael was dicussed.
 
Re: London Missionary Society by Dianne on 18 July 2003 12:21am
 
The question Lou I would now like to ask, but I doubt you could answer is was Reverend Davidson preaching to the Lion or preaching to others who came to visit the Lion?
 



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