S. Hall Young
ceremonies but only insisted upon having order & no whiskey at the feasts. I had sent to Sitka for a brass [illegible] for old [Shushak?] who said he would die happy if he could see it belonging to him. The gun came but was carried past to Portland. The old man was terribly stricken by this blow but rallied & I believe for about two weeks hung on to life tenaciously just to see that cannon before he should die & at last when Nature lost her patience the old [heathen?] just before he died uttered his last & I suppose his first prayer as follows: “O Chief Above, if there be such a being up yonder, have pity upon me & let me live to see my big brass [illegible]”. The [illegible] of this [illegible]appears from the [fact?] that Shuatak had been for a year a regular attendant upon chuch & had been privately admonished besides. I will not give you [illegible] this time for the boat is in sight [Roby?] is a marvel of good temper & good health. Susie is getting “whiter” every day. Mrs [Y.?] is well & joins in best wishes.Yours [S. Hall Young.?]
Fort Wrangel, Alaska
1881 Jan 26
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0432
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