[Autograph Letter Signed from Hawaiian Missionary Samuel C. Damon, publisher of The Friend, the oldest published paper in the Pacific].
“Yesterday I preached my 25th Anniversary Sermon of my arrival in Honolulu…”
Samuel Chenery Damon graduated Amherst College in 1836, then Andover Seminary, and, as he notes here in his letter, arrived in Hawaii in 1842. He began the publication of The Friend in 1843.
According to Eberstadt 134:252, Damon published in 1849 in Honolulu A Trip from the Sandwich Islands to Lower Oregon and Upper California, 1848–1849. From The Friend. Damon sailed from Honolulu to Oregon and explored the gold fields of California, writing, thus, on both places.
Eberstadt quotes Cowan p.61:
“THIS RELATION IS BUT LITTLE KNOWN. The author has recorded much of interest upon the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver, the Indians, Benicia, and San Francisco.” Damon was editor of The Friend but discontinued its publication to explore and verify the glowing accounts of the new El Dorado. Carl Wheat’s long preamble is taken from the shrewd observations of this keen journalist. The work is, of course among the earliest printed in the Sandwich Islands on Oregon and California.
Disregarding this hiatus, Damon served as the Seamen’s Chaplain of the Bethel Union Church, administering to sailors and residents alike, from 1842 to 1885. In this letter he writes warmly to a fellow clergyman, the Reverend Edward A. Park (a noted theologian of New England Congregationalism and theology professor at Andover Seminary) and eagerly asks to receive any sermons or addresses published on the Mainland.
Damon writes: “Yesterday I preached my 25th Anniversary Sermon of my arrival in Honolulu. I arrived here Oct. 19 ‘42.” Damon further remarks with pride that over the decades he has enjoyed excellent health and has never been “...kept from my pulpit, through ill-health. My family also enjoys good health.”
Damon then returns to the theme of receiving any sermons or addresses but, specifically, he seeks those written from the pen of his correspondent. Faithful to his duties, he remarks that while he would be glad to visit his native land or make a tour of Europe, he “...really [has] no excuse for leaving my station.”
A cordial letter between a noted Hawaiian missionary and pastor and publisher of Honolulu’s The Friend and a theologian back in the states; both men most likely schoolmates when receiving their religious training.
Description: [Autograph Letter Signed from Hawaiian Missionary Samuel C. Damon, publisher of The Friend, the oldest published paper in the Pacific].
Honolulu, [Hawaii]. October 21, 1867. 8vo. 4[pp.] Fine condition.