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Simmerwell

To McCoy

Feb 27.1830

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Carey Feb 27.th 1830

 

Very Dear Brother

 

I hope you will not think me troublesome in writing so often, I had verily thought to omit writing this mail, especialy, because I received nothing from you since before you left Missouri, yet I have concluded to write though I have nothing of a very interesting character.

 

Mr Lykins arrived here sometime ago has located the lands, and is now on his way to F. Wayne, to enter them, and perhaps to send you schedule of the same. – Before he left he spoke of the propriety of informing the board of our present situation as it regards our future prospects at this place &c. &c. and in consequence of which, to advise them, to an immediate valuation of property, and suspension of the school, till it can be resumed in the west, and this all, under the suposition of Govs. making the necessary arrangements for their removal the present season, with Mr Lykins, on the whole, I am agreed as it regards the propriety of the measure, but for the preasent I think it would be better for me say no more to the Board than I have said on that subject, they know, I suppose every hope in this place cut off and with the hope of success my views are directed to the west, but I suppose that something of the kind would be better written by me and better received by them if written after Government do as same thing possitively, but even then, I suppose there is nothing I could say would have much weight in changing their determined course, I feel grieved for the present appearance of things, and must confess that my fortitude as a missionary is somewhat shaken, yet I hope we shall have such a disposition of things as will afford me to live and die among the Indians, O that the Prince of Missions would direct us that we may not err, & that he would help us in safety through this tumultuous storm

 

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I had flattered myself while laboring here that you and the Board would have gone hand in hand in pleading with Gov. for that, that would place our mission on firmer bases, but how am I disappointed, in hearing of the reverse

 

It is of the utmost necessity, that union, love, and a sameness of feeling, should exist between Missionaries and their patrons, but alas! there is too much suspicion existing between us and the Board, and while this continues, we cannot hope for a blessing on our labors,

 

We have received letters from Thomas Feb. 22. one from Mr Meeker which implies a [disquituse] of his mind they have thirteen scholars Meeker teaches school and attends to chores out of doors, Slater writes and attends to the more important business , I you will grant me the expression  Meeker asks me to inform him of our hopes, prospects, intentions, wishes, trials, discouragements & present situation, &c. &c.  He tells me the Millrights gave Slater $25. to take the mills of their hands.  I received one from Dr Bolles last Mail, and was a little disappointed in not having orders to draw, especialy as I was plain in stating our wants, the subject of his letter was respecting the manner we make out our accounts, and how we balance the donations in clothing, they require us to give them credit for all moneys received for articles sold, which I intend to comply with, in the next quarter. But I am sorry they were not exact enough in time past, for had they been I would have been saved from some unpleasent feelings.  I am informed by the Dr. that you are expected at Boston will you state to me when you may be expected at Carey  [Josephus] is I think is regaining his health, and I hope will have strength sufficient to return home with Br Lykins  

 

Our family enjoy good health at present the Neighboring Indians talk much about selling and removing some are in favour of it and some are not.

 

I would remain affectionately yours

 

R. Simerwell

 

Rev. I. McCoy

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