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1851-1855
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1851-1855
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eng
Summary
Letters, 1851-1855, written by Virginia Haviside Hale Hoffman (1832-1856) while she and her husband, Rev. C. Colden Hoffman (d. 1865), a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, were engaged in missionary work in Liberia on behalf of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Most of the letters are written to her sister Catherine Talcott Dickson (1827-1855) of Norfolk, Virginia. The letters begin while Hoffman and her husband are on their voyage from America to Africa, and describe the journey, and her first sights of the African continent. There is a good deal of information concerning the Hoffman's missionary work around the areas of Cavalla, Cape Palmas, and Rocktown in Liberia. Much of the subject matter also concerns the work of Rev. Edmund W. Hening (1795-1884), Bishop John Payne (1815-1874), Rev. Hugh R. Scott (d. 1879), Rev. Jacob Rambo (d. ca. 1890), and Rev. Robert Smith (d. 1855), all of whom were stationed there as well. Hoffman also describes the area's people, vegetation, weather conditions, and rampant sickness. Other subjects include her pregancy and the birth of her daughter Kate Seton Hoffman (1853-1856), her trip back to America with her husband, and the work they were engaged in while there, mostly in New York State
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Virginia Haviside Hale was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut on 14 October 1832. She was the daughter of Horace Hale and Abigail Talcott. At a young age, she went to live with her older sister Kate Talcott Dickson (1827-1855) in Norfolk, Virginia. There she married Rev. Cadwalader Colden Hoffman on 5 September 1850. Three months later, the couple set sail for Liberia to work as missionaries on behalf of the Protestant Episcopal Church. While in Africa, she gave birth to a daughter Kate Seton Hoffman (1853-1856). Virginia Haviside Hale Hoffman died at Cape Palmas, Africa on 23 March 1856.
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Letters
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Arranged chronologically.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Historical Collectible Auctions,
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001517815
Type of unit
.225 cu. ft.

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