Honolulu, Hawaii, 1867.
Honolulu, Hawaii: 1867.
DAMON, Samuel Chenery. Autograph Letter Signed. Honolulu, Hawaii: October 21, 1867.
Autograph letter signed "S.C. Damon", to "Rev. E. A. Park D.D." One quarto page (10 x 8 inches; 254 x 203 mm). Manuscript letter on recto and verso in brown ink. Lined paper. With one vertical center crease folding it in half, as expected in a letter. An armorial blindstamp to upper left margin. About fine.
This letter to Rev. Edward A. Clark starts with Damon's desire to purchase a copy of a sermon, and goes on to discuss how he has just celebrated his 25th anniversary of arriving in Honolulu. "Yesterday I preached my 25th Anniversary Sermon of my arrival in Honolulu. I arrived here Oct. 19th, '42."
Samuel Chenery Damon was "Born in Holden, Massachusetts; graduated from Andover Theological Seminary in 1841; sailed with wife, Julia, to Hawai‘i in 1842 as missionary for American Seamen’s Friend Society; served as pastor of Honolulu Seamen’s Chapel and Bethel Union Church for forty-two years; began publishing the Temperance Advocate and Seamen’s Friend, better known as the Friend, in 1843" (Church Historian's Press).
"Rev. Samuel Chenery Damon was sent by the American Seamen’s Friend Society to be chaplain in Honolulu. The Damons sailed from New York March 10, 1842 aboard the Victoria, Captain Spring, and arrived in Honolulu October 19, 1842. He was the pastor of the Bethel Union Church, Seamen's Chapel for 42 years and was the publisher and editor of the periodical The Friend from 1843-1885, when he retired. The first issue was published in Jan. 1843, originally under the name Temperance Advocate, then as Temperance Advocate and Seamen’s Friend, with the Advocate and Friend being published as an extra, then as The Friend of Temperance and Seamen, with The Friend as an extra, and finally simply as The Friend, beginning January 1, 1845. From 1885 through 1887, it was co-edited by the Revs. Cruzan and Oggel. The editorship then passed to Rev. Sereno Bishop, who held the post until the publication of the paper fell under the auspices of the Board of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association in April of 1902 where it remained until June 1954. Since then, it has continued in a different format under the Hawaii Conference-United Church of Christ up to the present day, making it the oldest existing newspaper in the Pacific. The Friend began as a monthly newspaper for seamen, which included news from both American and English newspapers, and gradually expanded to adding announcements of upcoming events, reprints of sermons, poetry, local news, editorials, ship arrivals and departures and a listing of marriages and deaths. Rev. Damon published between a half million and a million copies of The Friend, most of which he personally distributed. Because of its longevity, The Friend is an excellent resource for scholars of nineteenth-century Hawaiian history." (Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives).
Rev. E.A. "Park was one of the most notable American theologians and orators. He was the most prominent leader of the new school of New England Theology. He left his theological impress on the Bibliotheca Sacra, which he and Bela B. Edwards took over in 1844 from Edward Robinson, who had founded it in 1843, and of which Park was assistant editor until 1851 and editor-in-chief from 1851 to 1884." (Wikipedia).