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Carey Michigan Territory July 28th 1829.


Dear Madam


I haste to answer your kind favour of 29 of may, and am sorry it has been so long on the way, you say you have received information from me, through the Baptist Register, which gives you considerable uneasiness, to remove which I mus give you a short account of our prospects.


Last summer Br McCoy left this station with instructions from Government to proceed to St Louis there to join a company from the South and to proceed into the wilderness west of the Missouri State and to learn its fitness or its unfitness for an Indian Colony, the report of this company to the war department is quite favourable and we hope by the next Session our government will be in readiness to do something for these dispised and suffering people  Br McCoy is now on his way to that country to look out a site for a mission and to make some arrangements for erecting a few necessary buildings &c. expecting to return here next Spring on a visit at which time it is more than likely that some of these Indians will want to go with Him, But we intend to continue our labors here as usual till the Indians move in a body which I think cannot be short of two years.  our school consists of 36 present in a good state of improvement affectionate and dutiful


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we hope to keep up this number untill we are about to move and then take them and their parents along and continue the School there without the necessity of dismissing the Scholars  Br McCoy will in the mean while make some preparations for our reception


We do believe that Indians will not prosper in this or in any other place, pened up on a small reserve with whiskey dealers all around, further they are more apt to copy bad examples than good ones, now it is a fact that Indians cannot use a blasphemious word in their own language, and we find from the short time they have been neighbours to the whites they use these words in the English though the know nothing els of that Language, again we teach them to observe the Sabbath but they could point to our white neighbours and say they work on the Sabbath. & we cannot deny it the state of the Indians now at this place is desperate many suffer, not having the necessaries of life and many I fear will starve next winter their sufferings have increased these four years past for this reason that whiskey is sold at so low a price and the keep drunk in the spring when they should work their fields and plant corn but we trust the time will come when they will be separated from the whites and be allowed to improve their condition.  let me say we feel thankful to you for your warmth of feeling for this mission


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When Br McCoy was last with us he baptized two of our hired men both of whom professed to have received their first impressions in our family it is three weeks since Br McCoy left us for the west and we feel ourselves again left alone without the preached Gospel as it regards clothing we will be happy to receive any kind but especialy such as is suitable for youth from 5 to 15 years old and that of a strong and coarse kind tow linen for summer is an excellent wear for boys If you be so good as to send you donation to us you would do well to direct them to Dorr & Jones Detroit or to F. P. Browning Detroit box marked for Carey Mission M. T.  I have touched briefly on some points you wish to know and would give you a more full acct. of our concerns but time will not admit for this season of the year much is to be done on the farm and there is but myself and wife to attend to the concerns of so large a family so that you see I have but little time to write and indeed I can do but that that is indispensible


Now let me commit you and the deliberations of your worthy society to God who cannot ere as suffer me


To remain your

Humble Servt


Robert Simerwell


Mrs Maria F Lyman


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Mrs M. F. Lyman

July 28. 1829

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