A memorial card for Jabez Bunting (1779-1858), with its original envelope addressed to Miss M. Robinson in Bloomsbury, London. Bunting was a very prominent Methodist minister and church leader in the early 1800, with great dedication to Methodist Church order and discipline. He was instrumental in making the Methodist Conference the organ of highest authority in Methodism and was very interested in missions.
Memorial cards look similar to visiting cards or the French 'cartes de visite.' In the 1800s, visiting cards were usually left in well-to-do households with a butler or maid by a visiting person on arrival, and used by the butler to announce the visitor to the host or hostess. Memorial cards announced the passing of an individual. They were usually framed heavily in black and were sent out via mail to family, friends and acquaintances.
See also the memorial card for Mrs Mary Crowther, 2018/15587, in the Online Collection.