Lot 1237

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A great piece of Hawaiiana, an excellent content A.L.S. from a missionary 'Charlotte', 4pp. 4to., Punahou, Oahu, Oct. 25, 1847, addressed to her cousin in Long Island. The letter, received in New York almost five months later, relays her efforts in converting native Hawaiians to Christianity and expresses grief over the dying WILLIAM RICHARDS (1793 - 1847), a missionary and politician who helped secure British, French, and U.S. acknowledgment of Hawaiian independence and worked to promote a liberal constitutional monarchy in the islands. In part: '...Your letter of May 10th was received a week ago...the one to which that is an answer left the Islands ten months ago...you speak of the soil of Long Island as being sandy. The same is the case here...the land in such situations is very barren...there has been considerable seriousness in our school the last term...there are 7 or 8 of whom we have hopes, one has been a professor of religion a few months. It is encouraging to see them seeking the salvation of their souls, both because their happiness...and because they will be fitted for more extended usefulness...Mr. Richards, who was formally connected with [the family]...has been apparently on the border of the grave for weeks...The loss to the nation will be irreparable. As the king expressed it, 'one of the pillars or props is about to be removed'. No one had greater influence with the king or chiefs...' WILLIAM RICHARDS (1793 - 1847) was a missionary and politician in the Kingdom of Hawaii, who helped secure British, French, and U.S. acknowledgment of Hawaiian independence and worked to promote a liberal constitutional monarchy in the islands. Incredibly detailed, with much of the text cross-written across the pages for lack of space. Heavy folds, one spot of loss affecting some letters, notable splits repaired with archival tape. Still good condition, with text still clearly legible. Sold with a typescript.

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May 23, 2021 10:00 AM EDT
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