Pliny Fisk - Journals & Letters

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Pliny Fisk - Journals & Letters
Son of Ebenezer and Sarah (Barnard) Fisk, Pliny Fisk was born in Shelburne, Massachusetts, on June 24, 1792. After preparing for College with Rev. Moses Halleck, Fisk entered Middlebury College in the Fall of 1807, graduating in 1814.

In the Fall of 1815, the Prudential Committee of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), appointed Fisk to the first Palestine Mission. In November,1819, Fisk sailed for Palestine with his Middlebury classmate Levi Parsons. Between 1820-23, Fisk carried out his mission in Smyrna and Egypt. When his fellow missionary Levi Parsons died in early 1822, Fisk took over his mission in Egypt. After Parson's death in Alexandria, Fisk traveled to Malta, toured Egypt, Syria, and Beirut, and crossed the Sinai Desert. In 1825, on his return to Jerusalem from Beirut, Fisk was reported to have been attacked by Bedouins. He died of his injuries in 1825. He was thirty-three.

This collection consists primarily of journals and letters from Fisk to fellow missionaries, describing his journey to the Middle East, encouraging them to join him, and telling them what to expect and how to prepare, and what languages to study.
Letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren", February 28, 1824

Letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren", February 28, 1824

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren," dated February 28, 1824.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren", May 7, 1822

Letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren", May 7, 1822

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to "Brethren," dated May 7, 1822. In the letter, Fisk imparts advice to future missionaries.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, April 29, 1822

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, April 29, 1822

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated April 29, 1822.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

4 pages: 100% transcribed, 100% needs review
Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, December 27-28, 1819

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, December 27-28, 1819

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated December 27-28, 1819. In the letter, Fisk discusses quarantine and preventing the spread of the plague. The letter also mentions Catholics, and disparages the service.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special...

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, June 26, 1824

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, June 26, 1824

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated June 26, 1824. In the letter, Fisk includes much description of the land and examples of Arabic writing. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, May, 1820

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, May, 1820

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated May, 1820.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, October 1821

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, October 1821

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated October, 1821, in which Fisk recommends just French and then Creole as languages missionaries should know. Fisk suggests that missionaries should bring female helpers and be prepared with elementary books in English and other languages...

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Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, October 28, 1820

Letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, October 28, 1820

Holograph signed letter from Pliny Fisk to Isaac Bird, dated October 28, 1820, advocating that missionaries bound for Smyrna bring female helpers.This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Pliny Fisk journal, 1821-1823

Pliny Fisk journal, 1821-1823

Holograph journal kept by Pliny Fisk, Middlebury College class of 1814, documenting his time as a missionary in the Middle East from 1821 to 1823. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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Pliny Fisk journal, 1823-1824

Pliny Fisk journal, 1823-1824

Holograph journal kept by Pliny Fisk, Middlebury College class of 1814, documenting his time as a missionary in the Middle East from 1821 to 1823. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

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