1862 ALS PROFESSOR HENRY B. SMITH, UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN NEW YORK

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1 page letter in ink on blue paper; measures 4 15/16” x 7 7/8”. Dated “Union Theol. Semy. / New York / June 14, 1862”. Fine condition, all text legible. Fold lines; one minor ink smear approx. half way down the page along right edge.

Smith writes on behalf of Rev. Charles C. Starbuck:

“The Rev. C.C. Starbuck now a Chaplain in St. Luke’s Hospital in this city, is admirably qualified by his piety, zeal, experience and practical tact to be a Chaplain in any Soldiers’ Hospital. He was for some time a missionary in Jamaica. He is also in many respects an admirable scholar, & in all respects a worthy man”.  Signed “Henry B. Smith / Prof. a Union theol. Semy.”

In an autobiographical sketch prepared at the request of The Sacred Heart Review (printed in its issue of September 11, 1909; a copy of the article is included with this letter), Starbuck notes that “In 1855 I was ordained and went out to Jamaica as missionary among the negroes. I was there from 1855 to 1861, and from 1866 to 1871, something over ten years in all…” He evidently never served as a military chaplain; in his sketch, he notes that “Between whiles, and after my second return, I taught in Union, Andover and Oberlin seminaries, and Oberlin, Berea, and Michigan Central colleges.”

Letter is accompanied by an engraved 5 5/8” x 8 7/8” portrait:

Henry B. Smith / Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology in the Union Theological Seminary, New York. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, 1863,” published by Joseph M. Wilson, Philadelphia, for The Presbyterian Historical Almanac and Annual Remembrancer of the Church, 1864.    [LD]

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