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    19th century Hawaiian Missionary John Davis Paris Archive, consisting of two deeds and nine letters to his brother in Virginia. Staring in 1841, John D. Paris (1809-1892) spent most of the next half century serving as a Christian missionary on the island of Hawaii. He is best remembered as an educator and for launching a vigorous church-building campaign. The Paris archive includes:

    Nine Autograph Letters Signed "J.D. Paris", 36 pages, variously 8" x 10" and 5" x 8", Hawaii locations, commencing on December 5, 1866, to James Robert Paris in Virginia. The letters read, in part: "(Orange Hill, South Kona, December 5, 1866)...I am glad to hear that you are the proprietor of the old homestead. I feared it had gone into other hands...Mary is teaching Hawaiian girls...& is doing a good work...(Orange Hill, August 25, 1867)...Our general meeting met in Honolulu in June & I was very much pressed with business...On my return home, besides the care of my family, I have the care of 4 churches, with all the duties & cares of such churches in a semi-civilised country...(Orange Hill, April 25, 1870)...Just 50 years ago the first missionaries landed on these shores only 12 miles from where we live. Here the whole nation was such in the lowest depths of heathenism. Naked savages given up to every abomination! Now we have schools & churches all over the islands. A larger proportion of the children can actually read and write, in their own language...I own the spot on which the great navigator Captain Cooke was killed & eaten. There are now some 6 churches in full view of the spot where he fell...(Honolulu, February 10, 1871)...I am interested in the Hawaiian language the language spoken by all the natives...we have several newspapers published at Honolulu in the native language, religious & secular...(Orange Hill, September 22, 1879)...Alas! What is human nature! Drugged alcohol, Opium & Rum, are doing their terrible work of destruction both with natives & foreigners. Men from Christian lands doing the work of the devil...(Kaawaloa, July 9, 1883)...In the islands we are experiencing the effects of wicked, unprincipled rakes. The present king is a child & a bad one! Led by a most unprincipled foreigner, an American by birth. A flow of Asiatics, heathen mostly Chinese, far outnumbering the male portion of Hawaiians, are now upon us...the 4th of july was celebrated in Honolulu with appropriate cerimony...we may yet be annexed by the U. States...(Kaawaloa, April 15, 1891)...The natives are rapidly disappearing before the coming peoples from East & West with every form of infidelity, superstition and idolatry. Five Kings have been on the throne & laid in the tomb since I came to the Islands in 1841. The Queen who now reigns, will not live long, it is thought...". The letters in this historical collection range in condition from fair to very good. Some of the earlier ones are penned on a light blue tissue that was subject to heavy creasing, staining and loss.

    Manuscript Document Signed "John D. Paris" and "Mary Paris", two pages, 8" x 12.25", Kuawaloa, Hawaii, September 1, 1867 and signed "Charles Frederick Hart", Circuit Judge, September 2, 1867. Here Paris conveys a 45-acre tract in Augusta County, Virginia to James R. Paris. Area of loss along lower edge, split along one fold and light stains. Good condition.

    Manuscript Document Signed "John D. Paris" and "Mary Paris", one page, 7.75" x 12.5", a copy of the 1867 Virginia deed witnessed in Hawaii by "J.S. Christie" and "A.B. Cale", verified on the verso by an affidavit signed "C.S.Mattoon", U.S. Consul to Hawaii, March 1, 1871. This document also carries the Consulate's blue seal. Accompanied by the Augusta County, Virginia clerk's record of recording the deed. Marginal splits along folds, light stains. Good condition.

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