Dr. Whitman Selected Letters - 1836

Notes to reader:

The following transcriptions have tried to maintain the original spelling,capitalization and punctuation of the original letters. In his letters Dr. Whitman often used "+" for "and" and "+c" for "etc." Comments by the transcriber are enclosed in square brackets, [].

"Islands" refers to the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), where the American Board had established missions.

Any mention of Fort Walla Walla or the place "Walla Walla" refers to the Hudson's Bay Company post at the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia rivers. The US Army's Fort Walla Walla did not exist until after the deaths of the Whitmans.


List of Selected 1836 Correspondence

July 16, 1836: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman summarizes trip to the fur traders' rendezvous; describes the strong interest the Nez Perce and Flatheads have in missionary work; states that Rev. Parker was not at the rendezvous as had been expected; describes plans for the remainder of the journey; discusses the benefits of traveling by land; discusses the positive influence of the Western climate; discusses possible locations for a mission; and describes the grim prospects for Native Americans who do not embrace farming.

September 5, 1836: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman describes the kindness and skill of the H. B. C. staff that escorted them from the fur trader's rendezvous; discusses his plans to go first to Fort Vancouver and then look for mission locations; and provides a summary of the overall route from Missouri to Fort Walla Walla, including descriptions of the environment.

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