Item FC 3213 L55 019.025 - 1847 (Jul) from James Hunter to Smithurst

Transcript 1847 July 13 - Letter from Hunter

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1847 (Jul) from James Hunter to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 019.025

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  • July 13, 1847 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper with integral address face and remnants of red wax seal.

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Reverend Hunter was an Anglican clergyman and missionary to Rupert's Land. In 1875, he wrote an important text on the grammar of the Cree language.

Reverend James Hunter was born in 1817 at Barnstaple, England and died in 1882 at London, England. Sent in 1844 as a missionary to Rupert's Land, Hunter served at Cumberland Station (modern-day The Pas, MB) on the Saskatchewan River until 1853. With his wife, Jean (Jane) Ross, they translated several works into Cree using traditional Roman characters instead of the syllabic system invented by Rev. James Evans. Their Cree translation of the Gospel of St Matthew was printed in England in 1853. The Gospels of St Mark and St John, as well as the Book of Common Prayer rolled off the press in England in 1855.

Returning to Rupert's Land in 1855, Hunter served at St. Andrews parish, also known as Grand Rapids, along the Red River until 1865. During this period, Hunter presided over the trial of Rev. Owen Corbett and in 1863 found him guilty of attempting an abortion on his servant. After 1865, the Hunters returned to England where Rev. Hunter died in 1882.

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Place: Rivière du Pas, Cumberland Station

From: James Hunter

To: The Revd J. Smithurst, Indian Settlement, Red River

Details: 3pp and integral address face

Notes: Rev. Hunter is desperate for more flour. Rev. Hunter wants their fellow missionary, Rev. Cowley, to leave Partridge Crop and go to Lac la Ronge instead. He also received a letter from Rev. Cockran in Toronto. Rev. Hunter then offers a word of comfort to Rev. Smithurst who has been struggling spiritually recently.

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