Item FC 3213 L55 019.042 - 1849 (Oct) from William Mason to Smithurst

Transcript 1849 Oct 1 - Letter from Mason

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1849 (Oct) from William Mason to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 019.042

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  • October 1, 1849 (Creation)

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One sheet of lined paper.

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(ca. 1813-1893)

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A Weslayan Methodist missionary to Rupert's Land. With his wife, Sophia, translated and printed several texts at the Rossville Mission Press, including books of the Bible into Cree.

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Place: Ross Ville

From: W. Mason

To: Revd. John Smithurst, Indian Settlement

Details: 3pp

Notes: Reverend William Mason writes to his colleague, Rev. John Smithurst. Rev. Mason comments that since the freight boats came through, the local Natives have been excited about the possibility of free trade breaking the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly. Rev. Mason considers their feelings of discontent to be inconsiderate and he is angry that some members of his congregation tried to contact Bishop David Anderson with their grievances. Rev. Mason is "determined not to comply with any of their unreasonable requests for [he would] only be increasing the natural selfishness of their minds." On the matter of his printing press, they did not receive paper in the most recent shipment and therefore plan on spending the winter translating. His opinion is that the "Indian Characters" should be used to reach the adult population.

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

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