Jotham Sewall to Samuel Sewall on religious work, 1805

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The Rev. Jotham Sewall (1760-1850) wrote from St. Patrick's, New Brunswick, to his cousin Samuel Sewall in Edgecomb, relating his proselytizing experiences in Maine and New Brunswick. Ordained in 1800, Sewall worked for the Massachusetts and Maine Missionary Societies.

Jotham Sewall noted that he had found people who were related to Samuel's wife who would deliver the letter, and commented on the religious state of the family. He addressed Samuel as "brother."

Sewall wrote that he had left home on July 12, 1805, and had traveled through Belgrade, Fairfax, Caratunk, Penobscot, Bangor, and other communities before going through what is now Washington County into Canada.

At each stop, he was concerned about the state of people's religious beliefs. He preached at churches throughout the area.

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  • Title: Jotham Sewall to Samuel Sewall on religious work, 1805
  • Creator: Sewall, Jotham
  • Creation Date: 1805-09-12
  • Subject Date: 1805
  • Town: Edgecomb
  • County: Lincoln
  • State: ME, NB
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 21 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 105, Box 1/1
  • Collection: Sewall family papers
  • Object Type: Text

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