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AS ALWAYS, WE LOVE TO BE ENCOURAGED

I have learned so much through your magazine that I never learned through church or school. It has been very enlightening. There’s so much to learn and so much appreciation for our history as a Christian nation and the world at large. The writers are so brilliant with God-given talents and gifts. —Kim Green, Boca Raton, FL


Thanks, Kim! We appreciate it.


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I am glad to be able to provide this modest check as part of my support for the Institute. May God bless your work!—Reginald Mervine, Sterling, VA


Thanks go to you, all the editorial and administrative staff, the writers and the major donors who keep the magazine coming. Although I know that every donation is meaningful, those who are able to help significantly deserve significant honor. If there is a way that you can tell them that we know that it is their generosity that allows us to reap the benefits of the magazine, please do.—Arne Teigland, Carver, MN


We hope they are reading this very letters page!


TRIBUTE TO BILLY GRAHAM

I just want to write and say how much I enjoyed reading issue #111. The story of Dr. Graham was just wonderful. This dear man was loved by all. I have some of his books and enjoy reading them. He will be missed very much. May God rest his soul.—Lorraine C. Fisk, Morro Bay, CA 


MUCH DUTCH

Like many others I too have all the issues of Christian History from the first to the present, and I greatly enjoy each issue. At times you encourage readers to submit or mention a topic they would like to see featured in CH. A certain Mr. Henry R. Styles wrote The Ecclesiastical History of Kings County: 1628–1800. It mentioned the first ministers of the colony of New Netherlands . . . [including] the first church on Long Island, erected at Flatbush. . . . This seems to be a fascinating story about the early churches in this region and how it all developed further.—F. J. Antonides, Central Point, OR

We don’t hear nearly as much about early Dutch settlers in the colonies as we do early English settlers, it seems. Next time we discuss the United States’ colonial period, we’ll certainly keep that in mind!


ON THE READING LIST

I am particularly touched by those in prison who write and you publish their letters. It’s a wonderful magazine and over time I will gather lots of information to share with others. It’s incredibly well written, and although I get behind in my reading, I do endeavour to devour every word. A big thanks to the team.

Greg Chamberlain, Singapore


CARING ABOUT CARY

I’m delighted to receive Christian History and usually read it from cover to cover. Let me call your attention to one matter in your recent issue on “Baptists in America.” Several times this issue refers to Lott Cary, a Baptist minister in Tidewater, Virginia, during the early 1800s who went as a missionary to the colony in West Africa later known as Liberia, and who was ably serving as governor there when he died in 1828. 

Twice on page 18 this notable African American is correctly referred to by name. Elsewhere, however, his name has regrettably been misspelled. During Cary’s own lifetime a Baptist deacon in Richmond, Cary’s personal friend and colleague, wrote a letter to the editor of a Christian periodical, giving a gentle reproof for changing the way Cary invariably spelled his own name—Lott not Lot, Cary not Carey.

William N. McElrath, Honolulu, HI


How to spell Lott Cary’s last name was a source of discussion throughout our preparation of the issue, given that his National Park Service plaque (pictured in the magazine) gives it as Cary, but modern authors generally spell it as Carey. Since the mission society named after him (http://lottcarey.org) spells it Carey, we chose to go with Carey. Prompted by your letter, we did some further research, which confirms your account and suggests the misunderstanding arose originally because printers assumed that his name was spelled the same way as Rev. William Carey who was contemporaneous with him.



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[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #128 in 2018]

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