Unlike most missionary scholarship that focuses on malemissionaries, Good Intentions Gone Awry chronicles theexperiences of a missionary wife. It presents the letters of EmmaCrosby, wife of the well-known Methodist missionary Thomas Crosby, whocame to Fort Simpson, near present-day Prince Rupert, in 1874 to set upa mission among the Tsimshian people.Emma Crosby's letters to family and friends in Ontario shedlight on a critical era and bear witness to the contribution ofmissionary wives. They mirror the hardships and isolation she faced aswell as her assumptions about the supremacy of Euro-Canadian societyand of Christianity. They speak to her "good intentions" andto the factors that caused them to "go awry." The authorscritically represent Emma's sincere convictions towards missionwork and the running of the Crosby Girls' Home (later to become aresidential school), while at the same time exposing them as a productof the times in which she lived. They also examine the roles of Nativeand mixed-race intermediaries who made possible the feats attributed toThomas Crosby as a heroic male missionary persevering on his ownagainst tremendous odds.This book is a valuable contribution to Canadian history and willappeal to readers in women's, Canadian, Native, and religiousstudies, as well as those interested in missiology in the CanadianWest.