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    (Penobscot Indians) Abiel Holmes, Rev. Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Holmes". Two pages, 7.25" x 9", Cambridge, June 15, 1815, to the Reverend William Jenkres regarding the education of Penobscot Indians in the district of Maine: "..the Committee...voted, 'That Mr. Dutton be employed four months , as a teacher among the Penobscot Indians, at five dollars per month. I will thank you, My dear Sir, to communicate this Vote to Mr. Dutton, accompanied with such instructions as your acquaintance with the Indians will enable you to give to advantage. You will guard him against exciting those jealousies, which might be prejudicial to the success of the Design and injurious to the Society which has adventured on so delicate a measure. As it was your recommendation, Sir, which decided us on it, so we look to you to do what you can, not only to save us harmless, but to render this first critical essay useful. It is the reading of English to which we wish Mr. Dutton's attention to be directed among the children, and if he can teach their fathers to make barrels or anything else that will amelioriate[sic] their condition, it will be well..." Abiel Holmes was an American Congregational clergyman and historian in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The letter also includes a digression concerning ancient Hebrew parchment fragments "lately...found in Pittsfield...3 small slips of parchment, from 2 to 6 inches long The smallest parchment contained in Heb. letters, Deut. VI. 4-9..." More fine content. Usual folds, else fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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