Dinsdale, Matthew / Matthew Dinsdale papers, 1836-1897: Folder 1
[Reverend Matthew Dinsdale - Biographical Sketch], pp. -5 PDF (5.7 MB)
[Rev. Dinsdale] - 5 - In the letters of advice which he gave to relatives who intended to emigrate, nothing was forgotten, and their detailed narration presents a full picture of the difficulties and necessities of the early immigrants from Great Britain, and the courage required to undertake the long and oft-times dangerous voyage. A series of later letters describes the writer's experience in the work of the Christian Commission during the Civil War. Among the documents included in these papers is a land certificate, issued August 1, 1839, by President Martin Van Buren, for a quarter-section in Grant County; the naturalization papers of Mr. Dinsdale, and his conference certificates auto-graphed by Bishops Kingsley and Baker of the Methodist Episcopal Church. There are also the Centennial Medal of the English celebration of Wesley's birth (1839); the badge of Christian Commission officer; and a broadside on the "Funeral Obsequies of the Late President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, in Galena, Wednesday, April 19, 1865. Taken as a whole the Dinsdale Papers are a valuable addition to the collections of our Society, illustrating as they so well do the experiences of an intelligent, educated immigrant during the formative period of Territorial days. It is to be hoped that many more such groups of papers have been preserved in private hands, and will ultimately find their way into our custody where they will be of value to the history of this state.
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