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American Home Missionary Society records 2014 addendum, 1822-1865, 1941 | Amistad Research Center

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Title: American Home Missionary Society records 2014 addendum, 1822-1865, 1941
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This addition to the records of the American Home Missionary Society (AHMS) consists of a small amount of correspondence from the British Isles, Hawaii, and abroad addressed to the officers of the society, Charles Hall, Milton Badger, and Absalom Peters.  Correspondence dates from 1822-1865 and is arranged chronologically by country or region. The topics covered within the correspondence reference financial contributions to the society, applications for aid from various churches and missionaries, inquiries for donations of boxes of clothing for the destitute, and requests for employment. A file for miscellaneous correspondence (1822-1855) is comprised of introductions of ministers and acquaintances to church leaders, acknowledgements of payments and receipts for missionary services, and letters of recommendations. A certification letter of the ordination of Elkonah Whitney in Madrid, Spain (April 15, 1851) is also located within these materials.

Of note is a series of letters written by missionaries while traveling at sea. The correspondence describes voyages across the Pacific Ocean and to Fort Gaines on Dauphine Island (1847-1865) in Alabama.

Lastly, the third edition of a printed manual Financing Our Church: Methods and Suggestions for Systematic Giving in Congregational Christian Churches (1941) completes the addition.

Main correspondents include G.H. Atkinson, Joseph Blake, E. Bond, E.M Gillett, and H. Lyman.

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