Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Hinman, Samuel Dutton, (1839-1890) Extract from a letter from the Reverend Samuel D. Hinman

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also request a pdf of the image from us here.

Log in
or
subscribe to see this thumbnail image

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02429.56 Author/Creator: Hinman, Samuel Dutton, (1839-1890) Place Written: s.l. Type: Manuscript letter Date: circa 1873 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 20.5 x 27 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses missionary work with the Indians along the Sioux River who renounced tribal claims and took plots of land in accordance with the Homestead Act.

Full Transcript: Quotes

"They now been two years on their farms & they have supported themselves without any foreign aid of any kind, & their number is gradually increasing until it must soon included ...fully one half our tribe. This case is singular & commendable & shows what has never been shown before, that Indians can think for their children as well as themselves & that they are ready & willing to anything to advance their own civilization."
"I feel that this is our most interesting & promising station & that we ought to have a Church School there well sustained at least for the present."
See More

People: Hinman, Samuel Dutton, 1839-1890

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: American WestAmerican Indian HistoryReligionLand TransactionLawGovernment and CivicsWestward Expansion

Sub Era: Reconstruction

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources