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"Spreading the Knowledge of Our Lord and Saviour Throughout the World" - A Missionary letter from 1856

Missionary Letter, 1856

In the early part of 1856, Joseph K. Wight was on a small wooden ship, sailing to China to continue his service as a missionary. He took some time over several days to write a letter to his brother back in the United States. In his letter he described the journey, conditions in China and personal matter. The letter says a great deal about the expectations and conditions of being a missionary in the middle of the 19th century.

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