Autograph letter, signed "M.W. Pogue". To Mrs. Lucy J. Wetmore. Waiohinu, Hawai'i, 4 July 1850
8vo (8 x 4 7/8 in.; 204 x 125 mm.). 3 1/2 pp. Plus 4 lines of docketing, signed "L.T.L. July 10, 1919".
Maria Kapule Whitney was the first missionary daughter born in the islands, who returned to Hawai'i after 16 years in the United States. Daughter of Samuel Whitney (1793-1845), she married John Fawcett Pogue (1814-1877), a member of the Eleventh Company of American missionaries that arrived in Hawai'i in 1844.
Her letter, written to Lucy Wetmore, wife of the missionary Charles Hinckley Wetmore (1820-1898), recounts her life with her new baby, her recuperating from a recent illness, the difficulties of storing flour in the humid climate, and her desire to do something for the "half caste" children in her neighborhood.
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