Item FC 3213 L55 020.018 - 1847 (Mar) from Richard Davies to Smithurst

Transcript 1847 Mar 29 - Letter from Davies

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1847 (Mar) from Richard Davies to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 020.018

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  • March 29, 1847 (Creation)

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One (1) sheet of paper. Three (3) pp.

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Place: Church Missionary House [Islington, London, England]

From: Richard Davies

To: Brother Smithurst

Delivery: Forwarded by the Church Missionary Society to Red River Settlement via Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship and canoe brigade, and then by courier to the Indian Settlement at Netley Creek

Details: 3pp on one sheet of paper.

Notes: Davies, a colleague of Smithurst’s in England, offers his thoughts and prayers to Smithurst as a letter from William Cochran has informed him that cholera has been rampant in the Red River district. Davies relates that dysentery claimed one of his own brothers in September. Davies also expresses hope that Mr. and Mrs. James have reached the Red River area safely and that Mr. James is able to relieve Smithurst of “some of the heavy duties which must have weighed on your mind as well as tried your physical powers.”

Other comments: “In many parts of Ireland too a severe pestilence is at this time raging and carrying off hundreds who hitherto have been spared by the grievous famine which has prevailed there and in some places in Scotland.”

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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