Mudge, James
Autograph Letter Signed, Lynn, Massachusetts to William Patton, St. Louis, Missouri, June 21, 1842

quarto, two pages, folded, some light wear and staining, in very good, legible condition, accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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Mudge writes Patton describing the efforts of his church to aid and assist the cause of Native American Mission work, especially Sabbath Schools, and encloses money for the purchase of children's hymnals, bibles and tracts:

"... The members of our (Lynn Common) Sabbath School have formed themselves into a society for forming and sustaining Sabbath schools among the Indians, and have taken up a collection for this purpose, in our school every Sabbath for about ten years. We have appropriated the funds ourselves to such tribes as we have thought best.

I have seen the treasurer and corresponding secretary, and the last money which we disposed of we sent Br. Thomas Johnson of the Upper Mississippi Indian Mission, and we have just voted to send to that mission to the care of Br. Berryman $ 25.00 more, which Br. Wm. Johnson wrote me was very much needed to be expended in purchasing Sabath [sic] school hymn and question books, suitable for children.

We saw by the Western Christian Advocate a notice from Br. Gregory of the Arkansas conference that they were obliged to stop their Sabbath schools for want of funds to purchase books, and we have voted him $ 25.00 to be applied for the benefit of the schools under his care, and as I did not know where to send a letter to him I thought best to send this with the inclosed draft to you & wish you to write to him and let him know what we have done, obtain his order what to do with this money and tell him we shall expect a letter from him addressed to our Sabbath School to my care & wish him to give us such an account of the Indian children under his care as will be interesting to the youth and children of our school & will serve to keep up our interest in their behalf. I might have added to youth and children  many men and women who are scholars in our school, which in all numbers over 400.

Inform Br. Berryman that we wish him also to write to us, and it would be very pleasing to have some of the Indian scholars write to our school. A letter from them would probably be the means of raising a few dollars extra ..."