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Guide to the James L. Mackey letter, 1852 Oct 23

Abstract

Missionary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions at Corisco (Island), Western Africa, now part of Equitorial Guinea. Mackey was married to Elizabeth Blair in 1849. They arrived in Gabon in 1850. Elizabeth died in Gabon that year, prior to their establishing the Corisco mission. Mackey later married missionary Isabella (possibly Sweeney). Mackey died in New London, Pa., on 30 April 1867, at the age of 48, of consumption. Isabella died in New London, Pa., on 25 April 1872, at the age of 62.

Collection comprises a letter (8 pgs.) Mackey sent to Mrs. Betsy Davis, detailing conditions of missionary life in West Africa. He describes housing, diet, living conditions, missionary activities (including Isabella Mackey's work), and attitudes toward local inhabitants.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Mackey, James L. (James Love), 1820-1867.
Title
James L. Mackey letter 1852 Oct 23
Language of Materials
English
Extent
0.1 linear feet
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection comprises a letter (8 pgs.) Mackey sent to Mrs. Betsy Davis, detailing conditions of missionary life in West Africa. He describes housing, diet, living conditions, missionary activities (including Isabella Mackey's work), and attitudes toward local inhabitants.

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Contents of the Collection

Historical Note

James L. Mackey was a missionary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions at Corisco (Island), Western Africa, now part of Equitorial Guinea. Mackey was married to Elizabeth Blair in 1849. They arrived in Gabon in 1850. Elizabeth died in Gabon that year, prior to their establishing the Corisco mission. Mackey later married missionary Isabella (possibly Sweeney). Mackey died in New London, Pa., on 30 April 1867, at the age of 48, of consumption. Isabella died in New London, Pa., on 25 April 1872, at the age of 62.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the James L. Mackey Letter, 1852 Oct 23, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Purchase, 2008

Processing Information

Processed by: Alice Poffinberger, June 2010

Encoded by: Alice Poffinberger, June 2010

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2008-0241

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.