Dr. Whitman Selected Letters - 1846

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 1846 Correspondence

September 8, 1846: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman describes his interactions with the Oregon Trail emigrants; provides updates on the other missionaries and status of the Catholic influence on the Natives; expresses concern about unscrupulous settlers; expresses his desire for another minister for Waiilatpu; describes his interest in setting up missions at the Dalles and among the Snake Indians; and mentions some financial issues with the Hudson's Bay Company.

November 3, 1846: Dr. Whitman to Reverend David Greene

Dr. Whitman discusses routes used by Oregon Trail emigrants; mentions the status of Native farming and fences; discusses some pros and cons of traditional Native dwellings; provides updates on missionary issues and the status of Catholic missions; notes a land claim issue that the HBC had with an American; and discusses the balance between secular and religious activities.

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