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[Wyoming]. [Roberts, John]
[Archive of Correspondence Relating to Missionary Work on the Wind River Indian Reservation, 1885-1909]
[Wyoming, 1909. Very good.. Ten letters and one receipt, [17]pp. total. Mostly octavo sheets. Light wear and soiling, heavier to one or two pieces. A small but informative archive of manuscript letters to Reverend John Roberts, Episcopal missionary to the Shoshone and Arapahoe Indians on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Born in Wales in 1853, Roberts was the first clergyman sent to the reservation, which had been created by treaty with the Shoshone people in 1868. He arrived in 1883 and remained until his death in 1949.The archive includes eleven items: ten letters to Roberts and an 1889 receipt acknowledging payments by Roberts to Sumner Black Coal -- an Arapahoe man who had been educated at the Carlisle Indian School and became an assistant teacher at Wind River. Five of the letters are from Rev. John Franklin Spalding, Missionary Bishop of Colorado; two are from Rev. Ethelbert Talbot, Missionary Bishop of Wyoming and Idaho; two are from Rev. J.B. Funsten, who succeeded Talbot; and one is from George H. Sands, then a Major in the U.S. Cavalry and the commanding officer at Fort Washakie (Wyoming). Most of the correspondence deals with business matters relating to staffing and financial support for the work of the mission. Several letters make reference to Sherman Coolidge, a full-blooded Arapaho priest who had been separated from the tribe as a young boy and raised on a military post. He became Roberts' assistant in 1884. In letters from 1885 and 1886, Spalding asks Roberts about Coolidge's progress learning the Arapahoe language, notes with approval that Co … [Click Below for Full Description]
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