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Small Collection 66 - Letter of Mary Jane Wilson, 1836

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Small Collection 66 [February 23, 1996]

Wilson, Mary Jane; -1836

Letter; 1836

1 Folder


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Missionary with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in southern Africa; married Alexander Wilson and had one child, Martha; died in Moseqa of a fever in September 1836, leaving an eight-month-old daughter, Martha.

Scope and Content

Letter from Wilson to her uncle, Michael Gretter, in Richmond, Virginia. The letter describes the new baby born to her and her husband; the attempt of missionaries Daniel Lindley and Henry Venable to establish a mission station in a southern Africa territory (Moseqa) under the protection of a Matabele tribal chief (Moselekatse); local marriage customs; severe drought in Grinquatown; and impressions of Robert Moffat, Robert Hamilton, and Roger Edwards.


The materials for this collection were received by the Center in June 1980 from Terry Alford of the Manuscript Company of Springfield, Virginia.

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