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Hemans, Daniel W. (fl. 1872-1881) to Frances B. Shiras

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02429.33 Author/Creator: Hemans, Daniel W. (fl. 1872-1881) Place Written: Nebraska Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 January 1873 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 20.5 x 12.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks Shiras for the clothes his family and other Indian clergy have received. Discusses eating with Reverend Hinman and his missionary duties at Santee. Notes his son has started speaking. States that Paul is very sick but still walking around his house.

Full Transcript: Quotes

"Nancy got a dress & dress for Ally, from a box came from east for the Indian clergymen"
"Though Mr Hinman has a large family, but we eat the same ...table. He is very kind to us, he always willing to help us what we need."
"I & Mrs West we teaching the School in the morning, then I cut my wool in the afternoon. I have not much to do on Sundays not as in Yankton Mission, I some times preach in the morning then Mr H. preach in the afternoon. I always talk to the S.S. evry Sunday, then I have sometimes visit the sick on Saturdays."
"Our darling Ally can say now ma ma ma & (Ate-te, fathere).
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People: Shiras, Frances B., b. 1814
Hemans, Daniel W., fl. 1871-1881
Hinman, Samuel Dutton, 1839-1890
Mazakute, Paul, 1842-1873

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestAmerican Indian HistoryReligionClothing and AccessoriesDiet and nutritionChildren and FamilyHealth and MedicalTuberculosisDiseaseCharity and Philanthropy

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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