Dr. Whitman Selected Letters - 1840

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 1840 Correspondence

March 27, 1840: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman discusses the impacts of a visit by a Catholic Priest; discusses the tribe's progress from a migratory lifestyle to one of "settled habits"; mentions a new book for the mission school; notes the leaving of the Halls; mentions Mr. Munger employed as carpenter for the mission; and discusses financial dealings with Fort Vancouver.


October 15, 1840: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman discusses the arrival of supplies; includes details about the expense report; lists who is currently at the mission; ponders how to handle independent missionaries; describes problems securing help; desribes the harvest; describes the death of Iosapa Mahi (Joseph Maki); states that the Catholics have had minimal influence on the Indians; provides arguments against closing the mission; provides arguments for sending a minister and a farmer to Waiilatpu; and includes the sailing schedule between Ft. Vancouver and the Sandwich Islands.


October 29, 1840: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman discusses the arguments for and against selling the Waiilatpu station to the Methodists.

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