Dr. Whitman Selected Letters - 1844

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 1844 Correspondence

May 18, 1844: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman summarizes the health of the missionaries; mentions books Mr. McKinlay had ordered; discusses some of the possible effects of settlers on the area; and expresses optimism over the future of sheep, cattle and other types of development in the area.

November 11, 1844: Dr. Whitman to Reverend Elkanah Walker

Dr. Whitman invites Reverend Walker to send his children to school at Waiilatpu; mentions the Sager orphans; and discusses the Oregon Trail emigrants and his food supplies.

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