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Heydenbush, H. W.
Autograph Letter Signed, Mackinaw, October 13, 1831, to Joseph Alexander, Cedarville, Herkimer Co., New York

folio, three pages, formerly folded, some staining and spotting postal markings on integral address leaf, in good legible condition, very good.

      The writer, a Missionary’s wife, writes home to her brother and sister, relating news, beginning with the melancholy notice of the death of her infant child and continuing on to accounts of missionary activities among the Native American population of the area:

“Dear brother and Sister,

          … Mr. H still has the care of the boys about 85 children are none in the family 12 have left within a few months six of whom were professedly pious one of the number a Chippeway girl of 18 has married to a very respectable young man, a trader and has gone far into the wilderness, we do feel that she will be made the instrument of great good to her benighted countrymen for two years she has been a member of this church and has manifested much of the spirit of the gospel.

Four Missionaries left this place in August for Lake Superior prospects of usefulness very flatering the people there have long been pleading for Teachers to come among them. There has been some excitement of late among the Indians in this place and at the Sault St Marie a distance of 100 miles north of us. Two or three give pleasing evidence of having passed from death into life. Some of the Methodist Indians from Canada made us a visit last season and this they were much engaged in religion and we do trust much good will result from their labours not onely here but in other places around us where they labored. Religion is at a low ebb with us at present we fear but few feel the worth of the soul as we ought. …” [sic]