The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections contains 17 letters from Reverend Henry Budd to the Reverend John Smithhurst within the John Smithurst fonds. The 17 letters were artificially separated from the rest of the Smithurst fonds. Reverend Henry Budd was the first native minister in North America to be ordained by the Church of England. Reverend John Smithurst (1801-1867) was appointed by the Church Missionary Society of England to its North West America Mission, and was later appointed as company chaplain at the Red River Settlement by the Hudson's Bay Company. The letters discuss the conditions in Cumberland and The Pas in Northern Manitoba during the period 1841 to 1851. Budd discusses conditions of the mission, relating information about supplies, the weather, the response of the natives to religious instruction and other daily details of missionary life. Listed below are links to two of the letters, as well as a corresponding transcription for the letters.
January 6, 1841
February 11, 1851
Transcription for January 6, 1841 and February 11, 1851 letters
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