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Stanup letter thanking Joseph Marsh profusely for his letter and requesting information on work and books

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Stanup letter thanking Joseph Marsh profusely for his letter and requesting information on work and books

Description

Letter from Peter Stanup thanking Joseph Marsh profusely for his letter and requesting information on work and books. Joseph W. Marsh, Pacific University's first librarian and the brother of its first president, functioned as interim president between others serving. Peter Stanup was a Puyallup native student who was admitted to the Forest Grove Indian Training School at age 21. Though he married and returned to the Puyallup Agency, he later sought admittance to Tualatin Academy in order to become a preacher and contacted Marsh. He was unable to enter due to eye problems; however, he managed to study enough theology to be licensed as a Presbyterian preacher in 1883.

Creator

Stanup, Peter

Date

1882

Identifier

PUA_MS112_003.pdf

Text

United States Indian Service, Puyallup Agency, April 26th, 1882

Prof. J. W. Marsh, Forest Grove, Or.,

Kind Friend!
I received your kind letter the other dya. I read it more than once, for it is really encouraging. I thank the Lord that He answers my prayers, gives me things and friends, and my Savior who is my all in all.

Professor, I thank you for your kindness shown in your letter to me. Our Savior said, "I was much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I do not take this as a ground that you should help, but as to remind me od the promise to such person as you who are willing to help a poor Indian boy.

If the Lord is pleased to lengthen my days, I wish to go there by first of next September and stay one year. I would like to do something that would keep me. If there is pay in singing bell & attending to the College buildings, or anything else that would not interfere with my studies, I am anxious to do it. You will please let me know what work I can do, if any, and what I can get for doing such work as I may get.

Please also let me know what books are used as textbooks in the second and third years in the Academy, and what method of pronunciation is adopted in regard to Latin and how far does the first year take a student in Latin?

Please answer soon as possible and oblige your humble brother in Christ,

P.C. Stanup,
P.o. [Post Office], New Tacoma, W.T.

[Note in Marsh's writing:] Ans[wered].

Citation

Stanup, Peter, “Stanup letter thanking Joseph Marsh profusely for his letter and requesting information on work and books,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed September 20, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/4068.

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