Item FC 3213 L55 019.043 - 1850 (Jan) from William Mason to Smithurst

Transcript 1850 Jan 10 - Letter from Mason

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1850 (Jan) from William Mason to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 019.043

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  • January 10, 1850 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper with cover envelope.

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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, Red River

Details: 3pp and cover envelope

Notes: Reverend William Mason writes to his colleague, Rev. John Smithurst. Rev. Mason believes that previous efforts that focused on giving to the Natives is destroying them, so instead he teaches the Natives to give labour and goods to the mission as part of their obligation to "send the Gospel to the Heathen." He asks for Rev. Smithurst's assistance in obtaining two dozen Common Prayer books which he then intends to sell to the Natives for a low price. In a lengthy postscript, Rev. Mason asks how Rev. Smithurst's book of vocabulary is proceeding, and says that they have a new edition of the Prayer Book ready to print, but are out of paper. The plan is to continue work on translating the New Testament over the winter.

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

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