Item FC 3213 L55 019.061 - 1847 (Jul) from James Hunter to Rev. John Smithurst

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1847 (Jul) from James Hunter to Rev. John Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 019.061

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  • July 15, 1847 (Creation)
    Hunter, James

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One sheet of paper with integral address, originally sealed with red wax.

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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: Red River Settlement

From: James Hunter

To: Reverend John Smithurst

Details: 1pp

Notes: The letter includes a list of food items for Smithurst to provide, requested by Hunter for the next year.

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

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