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Title:[Letter] 1826 Jan. 10, Chickasaw Nation, Cotton Gin Port [Mississippi] [to] Finis Ewing, Cooper C[oun]ty, Missouri / Robert Bell : a machine readable transcription of an image
Author:Bell, Robert

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Date: January 10, 1826
Extent: 4p
Summary:This is a letter to Finis Ewing from Rev. Robert Bell, dated January 10, 1826. Bell writes about his school for Chickasaw children, named Charity Hall. Bell mentions that most of the young natives are barefoot. He has them making shoes so that they are able to help in the field work. Bell writes of his hopes for resolving the school's funding problems. He wants to earn respect for the school. Bell also asks Ewing for a loan of some money and flour, because they are having such a difficult time.
Collection:Finis Ewing Papers

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Charity Hall, Chickasaw Nation , Jan. [January] 10th 1826.
Rev. [Reverend] & Dear Brother,

A few days after my return from the synod, on the 9th of November, I resum'd [resumed] teaching school, nearly all the schollars [scholars] who were at school last year have come on to school, and the rest are expected, The school will be compos'd [composed] of the same schollars this year that it was last.

Their progress has been retarded by the long vacation, but not as much as I fear'd [feared] it would, They are now advancing, and I hope some of them will finish their course this year

As they were nearly all barefooted, I have set the largest of them at making shoes for themselves, and also for the smaller boys, They perform exceedingly well, I want them shod to prepare ground early for the ensuing crop. ____

The liberallity [liberality] of the patrons of this Institution, manifested on the last year, The Unanimous interest the members of the Board appeared to feel in its success, [added: at their last meeting.] and the Judicious plan adopted by them for the purpose of raising funds this year, for its support, and to meet the arrearages, encourages a hope, that after this year, those painful embarrassments, so oppressive to our feelings [added: for the want of friends to defray the expense of the school] will be removed, and the Institution will gain that credit & respectability, which

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will place it on an equality with similar Institutions, to which it is Justly entitled, from the proficiency of the students. ___

I hope we shall realize [added: the advantages of] that uninimity [unanimity] which pervaded the Synod & Missionary Board, in the fruits of the united exertions of all the members, & especially the agent appointed to procure funds for the Establishment & support of the adopted College, & Theological School, and also for the cont [added: i] nuance of the Establishment ___

Dear Brother, perhaps a few barrels of flour could be sent to the Chickasaw bluff for this station from your Country, (it can easily be conveyed from there to this place) and a little money to the next meeting of the Board, to help us through our difficulties, with the abundance that I trust will be sent on for the College & Theological School ___

With sentiments of respect, I am your unworthy Brother in the Gospel of a dear Redeemer.
Robert Bell .
Rev. Finis Ewing .
[added: P.S. [Post Script] Finis Ewing, the Indian boy we nam'd [named] for you can read tolerably well and writes a Legible hand He talks good English He is learning the Tanning business & he has just made two pair of shoes & performs well ___
I have understood that pork is plenty in that Country [unclear: it would ] bacon would sell well this year in this

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if there could be any of that article or any other sent to the Bluff or to Florence or south port opposite to Florence on Tennessee River it would be very acceptable and I will do the best I can with them for the benefit of the Institution ___]

R,, [Robert] Bell
Rev. Finis Ewing

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Cotton Gin Port Jany [January] 14
Rev. Finis Ewing. Cooper Cty. [County] Mesourie [Missouri] .

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