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In this letter Jotham Meeker, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee in Indian Territory, discussed the Ottawa Indians who were residing on Shawnee lands. Meeker spoke to several Ottawa chiefs about spreading the Christian gospel, and he hoped that he could work among them as a missionary. Also, Meeker discussed how the Ottawa may be forced to move once other tribes take possession of land in Indian Territory. He also mentioned the Methodist mission established among the Potawatomi. Reverend Lucius Bolles, the recipient of this letter, was Meeker's contact at the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions.

Creator: Meeker, Jotham, 1804-1855
Date: November 29, 1833

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This letter discusses the impending removal of tribes from the Old Northwest into Indian Territory. It also demonstrates how white missionaries attempted to influence natives and encouraged their adoption of white religion and culture. It also can be used to show how natives' settlement in Kansas was not permanent. This source could be grouped with other selections from this standard relating to Meeker and his missionary efforts among the Ottawa (see the letters dated January 10, 1834 and February 13, 1839 in particular).

KS:7th:1.4:Indian Removal (2005)

Item Number: 210069
Call Number: Jotham Meeker Papers Coll. #439, Box 1, 1833-34 Correspondence Folder
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210069

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