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Carey Nov 22nd 1828.


Very Dear Sir.


I complyance with your request, I drop you these few lines, and perhaps I ought to have done it sooner, but reasons not necessary to detail have presented.


Before I arrived (30 Sept.) the treaty was over and all had dispersed  the missionaries were much fatigued and as may be expected the family felt the disorder such a concourse of people creates especially when the people’s interests are so foreign from ours.


I had not been long at Carey before I learned that Br Lykins & Wife and Br McCoy’s family had prepared themselves for a journey to Lex Kt. there to spend the winter expecting in the spring to locate themselves with Br McCoy in the west  October 18th their horses and waggons were in readiness and in the afternoon we received the parting hand which was doubtless trying to those that went as well as to those who staid.


The Indians who accompanied Br McCoy have returned well pleased with the Country, Br McCoy parted with them 30 miles this side St Louis intending to return and wait the arrival of the Indians from the south.  I received a letter from him yesterday by it he informs, the southern Indians have arrived and they will start in a day or two for the wilderness and terminate their tour in Arkansas which they suppose will take them 60 days before they can get back to St. Louis he wrote the 16th Oct. and consequently he cannot return to Carey before the 1st January.  I am anxious for his return though I may not expect his help, his company or his counsil any more at this place, we are left alone yet we are not alone there is something speaks to the heaving sigh peace be still.


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The Mission family is small the parents of the children took many of them home the time of the treaty  Situated as we are we get along better than we could have expected.


The principal part of the Indians have gon to their winters hunting ground we are however able to meet once or twice a week with a few of them principaly females often at these meetings I have feelings not to be described and my dear brother how would you feel to have an Indian address you thus “I know there is something wrong we die fast we are wasting away we have plenty trouble and very little pleasure we are like a company of Children forsaken by their parents how to help our selves we know not the Great Spirit is angry but how to please him we cannot tell we have lived in darkness and have had no guide I would like to do wright if I knew how tell me what is the worst thing we do? that I may try to keep from it.”  Surely your bowels would yern over them.


You will see Br McCoy early in the Spring but forget not to come to Carey & Thomas as you promised Bring Dr [Bolus] with you  If you viewed a visit to those stations as necessary as I do you would not want arguments to induce you to come suffer no change to take place either at Carey or Thomas till two of the members of the board visit them.  I ask your forbearance and for an interest in your prayers.  And permit me to remain your 


Affectionat Brother & Humble Servt.


Robert Simerwell


Br. H. Lincoln


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Nov 22. 1828

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