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pp. i-vi

Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

First and foremost, I thank Keith Widder for suggesting this book and for generously sharing the expertise he has developed through decades of working as a historian of the Great Lakes. He graciously offered advice not only as I worked on this manuscript, but from the very beginning....

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

The basic plot of a story my father told when I was a child went like this: long ago, an ancestor in my family walked from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., helped the Indians, and then died as a result of his efforts. As I aged, this tale seemed more and more improbable, but...

The Wood/Wheeler Family

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p. xvii

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1: Preparation for the Journey

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pp. 3-20

Would you be interested to know something of the history of this school the past term? We have had 123 scholars, from the age of 12 to some 35 or 40 years. One minister’s widow, one of the children of the forest, from Mackinaw, Mich. Ter. Her father is an Englishman, her...

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2: The Reality of Mission Life

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pp. 21-52

You can hardly imagine how much this poor people suffer in sickness. They have no comfortable houses, no so pillows to recline their aching heads upon and no palatable food. I have felt for some time...

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3: Building a Home Alone in the Forest

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pp. 53-90

It has been a long time since we have received a letter from you. Th e last one contained the melancholy intelligence of dear Mariah’s death. I felt very anxious to learn more...

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4: Standing with the Ojibwe against Removal and Smallpox

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pp. 91-112

The little ones are in bed. Husband has gone to Bad River, and I have seated myself to commune with you for a few minutes. Do not attribute my long silence to forgetfulness,...

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5: Struggling against Sickness

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pp. 113-148

Dear Grandfather, Our family are all well except mother. She has been very sick, but is better now. She walks the house and has been out to ride a few times. We have got another little brother he has got a good deal of long black hair and mother says that I must send some of it to you because it looks so much like yours. There are several houses in...

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6: Harriet’s Children

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pp. 149-180

I received your letter a few days since, and as you may well imagine, was very happy to hear from my dear sister. And so you are teaching school at La Pointe; I know you are enjoying yourself very much...

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7: Life Without a Mission

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pp. 181-228

W e are pretty settled in a house about a mile from College North on the Janesville road. It is a large two story home 60 feet by 22 with a cellar under the whole of it. And also a barn, good cistern, a work house...

Notes

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pp. 229-246

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 247-248

Index

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pp. 249-255