Dr. Whitman Selected Letters - 1842

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 1842 Correspondence

May 12, 1842: Dr. Whitman & Mr. William Gray to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman notes that letters from Reverend Greene had been received; discusses friction with Rev. Spalding; describes the current relationship with Rev. Smith; discusses the status of the Cayuse with farming; notes that Mr. Rogers is working on a dictionary of the Nez Perce language; and mentions that a large party of emigrants is expected to arrive in 1843.

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