19th Century Presbyterian Minister To Native Americans, Alfred Docking, Seeks Lecture Bookings

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ALFRED E. DOCKING (1860 – 1938) was a Presbyterian missionary in Alaska in the 1890s.  His family emigrated to America and settled in Kansas from Sawston, Cambridgeshire, England.  Docking directed his missionary efforts toward Native Americans, first in Oklahoma, where he was superintendent of Spencer Academy. From 1891 – 1893, he and his wife taught at Sitka Training School, a Presbyterian missionary school for Native American boys and girls at Sitka, Alaska.  Docking and his family went to California in 1894, where he was ordained after completing his education at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Docking gave many speeches in Alaska and California and recruited teachers for the Presbyterian missions. He died in 1938 in Pueblo, Colorado.

 

One page, 6 x 9, Clay Center, Kansas, Sept. 2, 1895, writing to the Lecture Bureau, Portland, Maine.  “Dear Sir: -- I enclose [for] your cons[ideration] my illustr[ated] lecture upon ‘Alaska;’ When in Boston recently, I learned that there might be some engagements made there...What are your terms? What are the usual rates for such a lecture? It has met with highest praise from some strong men...Recently at Winona Assembly, Indiana, was heartily endorsed...Alfred Docking...”

 

“P.S. For short time may be reached at Clay Center, Kansas. I saw your name on circ[ular] at Boston C.E. Convention...”

 

Folds, light toning.

 

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