Marquette, 1866. Paperback. Very Good. Item #21-8998
10 x 8", unlined paper, small embossing in one corner (a church building?). Fold creases, soiling, staining else good. "You request me to send you some Indian prayer-books; but your Indians are all Otawas and I have not one Otawa book left...Next year a new Otawa edition will be made. In a few days I will start for Baltimore..." Written in a clear, legible hand as always. Bishop Barga founded an Indian mission in 1833 in Grand River, Michigan (aka Grand Rapids) and called it St. Andrew, he served as a rector until 1825. Rev. Father Bernard J. Wermers was a rector at St. Andrew 1865-1868. Bishop Barga left Marquette to attend the Council of Baltimore in the fall of 1866 and while there he suffered a severe stroke. With assistance, he was able to return to Marquette where his health improved slightly and died there on January 19, 1868. Anything written/signed by Bishop Barga is extremely rare.