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1836 June

On the death of Mrs. Hannah D. Grout

Holden (Mass.?) - Elegy on the death of Aldin Grout's first wife on a mission in South Africa.

Aldin Grout Papers

1836 July 29

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to Elnathan Davis

Port Natal (South Africa) - On the death of Hannah Grout. Have a station well commenced at Port Natal; a second conversation with Dingane is as encouraging as the first. "It was thought important that a white female be at each station and we therefore concluded that Dr. A. stop at Port natal, and br. Champion go to Dingaan's country, and be either at one or the other place as circumstances should ... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1840 May 13

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout and Charlotte Bailey to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Cape Town (South Africa) - Ocean voyage to South Africa. "Dingaan's power is, we hear, very much broken, and we hear has been driven from his country, and that the Boers have issued a proclaimation, taking in to the territory they call their own, about half the country occupied by the Zulus including both Dingans residence and Givani the station occupied by by. Champion & myself..." Sickness spre... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1840 Nov. 10

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James Bailey

Umlozi (South Africa) - As yet at Umlosi; visit to Umpandi over country he had not yet traveled; camping in a poor tent. Killed a nine foot snake with poison fangs a quarter of an inch long. Attacks by lions on cattle; elephant. "Lions are apparently much thicker here than before the Dutch came, we think perhaps their shooting so many so many the other side of the mountain frightened them off ... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1841 June 23

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Inkanyezi (South Africa) - Have moved to Inkanyezi, living in a hut supplied by the natives. Has commenced planting; am in good country though surrounded by wild beasts: elephants, buffaloes, hippos, lions, tigers, hyenas. People are friendly and show "a commendable disposition to attend meeting upon the Sabbath... We see nothing to fear from the people but much to be thankful for." EAting mostly Indian corn... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1841 Sept. 5

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Umlozi (South Africa) - Hard to believe they have now planted and harvested hay and grain and are now eating apples. House in Umlosi is quite comfortable for Natal. Studying Zulu with Brother Champion and Charlotte. Has ploughed a new garden with untrained oxen; the Dutch laugh that the plough is too small. Was intending to go to Umpandi [Mpande kaSenzangakhona], brother of Dingane, but he is quarrel... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1842 Oct. 22

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Port Natal (South Africa) - Fitting a house for Charlotte. News of family illness and death since last contact a year ago; predictions that Grout would die within two years have proven incorrect, though then wife of the man predicting has died. "The change became such among the Zulus that we did not feel justified in stopping among them.... and what the Lord will now do with us, or the poor Zulus, is ... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1842 Nov. 14

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to Elizabeth Bailey

Umgeni River (South Africa) - Has just heard that James has entered college and will write him about the temptations of college life an the need to keep after "cultivation of his religious feelings." Have just learned of a plot by Umpande to put the missionaries to death, though the rumors may be false. "The Utugela River is now just getting full, and I hear that Umpande has threatened that he will ... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1843 Oct. 17

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Umgeni River (South Africa) - Staying in an old house abandoned by a Boer as unfit for habitation. Grout's hair is turning white; Charlotte is not yet graying. Has planted a little garden with vegetables. "The English are now in authority in this country. They have not yet determined whether the natives shall stop near where they now are or be put upon some place a little one side. It will probably be some months y... more

Aldin Grout Papers

1844 Mar. 18

Grout, Aldin

Letter from Aldin Grout to James and Elizabeth Bailey

Cape Town (South Africa) - Their mission has been recalled; people has raised funds for their support until a time when they hear whether the Board will allow them to continue. "I suppose the Millerites will by this time begin to ask where is the promise of his coming, and I am afraid that many will become infidels, and others that otherwise would have been comfortable, having waisted their subst... more

Aldin Grout Papers