Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection
Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020
Category — Hawaii: Stampless Covers and Missionary Issues
FINE AND RARE EARLY MISSIONARY LETTER FROM ELISHA LOOMIS IN HAWAII, TO HIS BROTHER IN RUSHVILLE, NEW YORK.
In his letter Loomis acknowledges receiving a letter from his brother sent Dec. 3, 1821. He notes that the Reverend Bingham for the last two months has been preaching in the Hawaiian language, that a second edition of 2,000 copies of “our Spelling Book” is being printed, and regrets not having the time to learn the language himself. In January 1822 the missionaries’ first publication, a 16-page spelling and reading pamphlet, was printed in an edition of 500 copies. Over the next few years the printing office, with the help of native apprentices, issued a number of pamphlets, primers and scripture tracts, in addition to a translation of the Bible which was finally completed by May 10, 1839.
Ex Ishikawa, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden