THE EARLIEST KNOWN MISSIONARY LETTER, WRITTEN 57 DAYS OUT OF BOSTON EN ROUTE TO HAWAII
Lettersheet with toning and two tears at top, otherwise Fine, very rare and of incalculable importance to a postal study of Hawaii. An entry in Lucy Thurston's journal (lot 2010) indicates this letter was published in The Concord Observer, a copy of which was in her hands when she wrote this mixed reaction in May 1821: "I perused it with a tear. In writing to friends I feel a satisfaction. But let not their partiality causes them to give my writings to the public. All important facts will be given them through the medium of the public journal. After being pleased in the situation which I now occupy, I dare not say Never let my writing be read in manuscript; but this I say, I shall forever feel unwilling to have any pass before the public, without their being first read & approved by the Pru. Com. - & then it cannot but be attended with a sacrifice of my own personal feelings."
THE EARLIEST KNOWN HAWAIIAN LETTER WITH POSTAL MARKINGS AND THE EARLIEST KNOWN MISSIONARY LETTER AFTER THIS PIONEER COMPANY'S ARRIVAL
Outer lettersheet and contents aged, small edge nicks and tiny splits, still one of the indispensible pieces of Hawaiian postal history. Ex Baker, Ishikawa, illustrated in Meyer-Harris (p. 6)
LUCY THURSTON SHARES WITH HER FAMILY A COPY OF HER HAWAIIAN JOURNAL
Datelined, "On Board the Brig Thaddeus, Jan. 1, ," ("1819" is mistakenly written), Lucy addresses her father, brothers and sisters: "We experience so little variety on our passage I have hitherto neglected keeping a journal for the perusal of my friends. But standing on the threshold of a new year, reviewing the feelings and events of the past, a reviving sense of my obligations to my beloved relations urges me to the pen. Receive the following pages as a testimony of my affection & gratitude. I shall frequently & familiarly love to address my own dear family & tell them all the joys & sorrows, the hopes & fears, which alternately usurp the sway in my bosom."Insert here lengthy quotes
Pages with toning and small paper loss (virtually none affecting text), last installment with separations, outer sheet with top and side panel removed (not affecting text), cover mended with 19th century sewing thread - the same thread which was originally used to bind the journal's pages together into one "book" for the convenience of her many family members and friends. A unique and exciting pioneer document. For Lucy Thurston, the history she knew she was a part of was the history of her religion and faith, but each time she mailed her journals, it was to let others know there were worlds other than Massachusetts and New England, and that she was a witness. In these closely-written 60 pages, there are no dull entries. Lucy Goodale Thurston was a natural, and sometimes wonderful writer, with the good fortune of living in a distant place more original than she; probably the most important Hawaiian manuscript still in private hands