Emily Crawford

Short Name: Emily Crawford
Full Name: Crawford, Emily
Birth Year: 1864
Death Year: 1927

Emily May Grimes Crawford is described in the author index of the Book of Common Praise (Toronto, 1938) as a Canadian Anglican [as author of "The Master comes! He calls for thee], which she altogether was nor was not. The hymn was first published in London by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1890, before Emily May Grimes had ever left her native England. In 1893, she went to South Africa under CMS sponsorship to work among the Pondo tribe; then, in 1904, she married T.W.W. Crawford, M.D., and went to work with him among the Kikuyu of Kenya. Her career thus far is outlined in Julian (1907), p. 1712.

The mission station at which the bride arrived had indeed been started by the CMS, but had been turned over to the newly-formed missionary department of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC); most of her colleagues were Canadian-born like her husband--to add a grace note of confusion--his brother! Both hailed from western Ontario, where Thomas had trained in medicine at the University of Western Ontario (London), while Edward took theology at Huron College. Thus all three of them were working under Canadian sponsorship until 1913, when Thomas and Emily left for England, she in quest of treatment for arthritis, he for further medical training--which perhaps he needed, if he thought the English climate would help anybody's arthritis! Rev. E.W. Crawford continued on in Kenya; his subsequent career can be traced through Crockford's Clerical Dictionary.

Whatever plans for their future they may have made were necessarily altered by the outbreak of World War I, which found, and kept, them in England. They may have intended to come to Canada when they could, but in fact they never did: they were still in England when Emily died in 1927. She wrote, and the British Museum Catalogue lists, under her maiden name, all the books she published after her marriage.

Although at the time a woman automatically acquired the citizenship of the man she married, Emily was never a Canadian citizen: no such status existed until twenty years after she died. Although she and Dr. Crawford hailed from different parts of the Empire, they were both British subjects by birth, and remained such. Therefore her connection with Canada was never more than indirect, though this may not have been what she intended.

--Hugh McKellar, DNAH Archives

Texts by Emily Crawford (11)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
"A little Sanctuary" art Thou to meEmily Crawford (Author)English1
"Consider Him," let Christ thy pattern beEmily Crawford (Author)English1
Der Meister ruft, Er rufet dichEmily May Crawford (Author)German1
In the Advent light, O SaviorEmily May Crawford (Author)English3
Rede, Herr, ich harreEmily Crawford (Author)German1
Speak, Lord, in the stillnessE. May Grimes (Author)English32
The Master comes, He calls for theeEmily May Crawford (Author)English5
Thy mighty love, O God, constraineth meE. May Grimes (Author)English3
Upheld by hope - a glorious hopeE. May Grimes Crawford (Author)English4
What wilt Thou have me to do, dear Lord, What wilt Thou have me to do?E. May Grimes (Author)English2
要思想耶穌,以祂作模型 (Yào sīxiǎng yēsū, yǐ tā zuò móxíng)Emily M. Grimes (Author)Chinese2

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