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Jotham Meeker to Rev. Lucius Bolles

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Creator: Meeker, Jotham, 1804-1855

Date: July 8, 1840

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Jotham Meeker Papers Coll. #439, Box 1, 1840 Correspondence Folder

Unit ID: 210063

Summary: In this fascinating letter, Jotham Meeker updated Reverend Lucius Bolles (of the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions) on his missionary efforts among the Ottawa Indians in Kansas Territory. Meeker included excerpts from his journal to describe the turmoil among the Ottawa over Indian conversions to Christianity. On March 13, 1840, Meeker and his fellow missionary David Green, attended a council of the Ottawa and Chippewa that had been called to protest their missionary work. The Ottawa and Chippewa chiefs were concerned about the breakdown of their tribal society, customs, etc... and placed the blame squarely on the missionary?s shoulders. The Ottawa Mission was located near present-day Ottawa, Kansas.

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Title (Main title): Jotham Meeker to Rev. Lucius Bolles

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