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M-481 1839 Frontier Letter

ABSTRACT: Letter regarding life on the American frontier and Christian mission work.

SCOPE: This collection consists of a letter from a woman named Huldah in Lyndeborough to her sister Mrs. Alice Dennis in Jasper, New York. The letter, dated October 1839, discusses several topics, including abolition, women on the frontier, American Indian affairs, and concern about bringing up “political matters'' in the meeting house. Huldah also spends a significant portion of the letter discussing W. T. Boutwell, a Christian missionary, and his wife, who is described as being “educated at Mackinaw."

EXTENT: One folder.

ACCESS: Due to the fragile nature of this collection, physical access may be restricted. Please contact the library for further information. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

PREFERRED CITATION: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."