Wilkinson letter on a disabling attack of rheumatism


Wilkinson letter on a disabling attack of rheumatism


Letter dated September 17, 1879 from Capt. M. C. Wilkinson to Joseph W. Marsh. Marsh was a professor at Pacific University and was functioning as its interim president. Wilkinson was, at the time of writing this letter, serving as an aide-de-camp under General O.O. Howard with the U.S. Army Department of the Columbia, and also teaching military drills at Pacific University. Several months later, Wilkinson would begin working as the first superintendent of the Forest Grove Indian Training School, while concurrently serving as a professor of military science at Pacific University. In this letter, Wilkinson is excusing himself from going to Forest Grove because he was suffering from an attack of rheumatism. He explains however that he will continue to pursue some sort of university business with Dr. Atkinson, who was the Secretary of Pacific University's Board of Trustees. He may be referring to discussions related to starting the Indian School in Forest Grove.


Wilkinson, Melville C.


Off-reservation boarding schools
Native American Studies
Chemawa Indian School


Forest Grove, Oregon




Forest Grove Indian School Collection, Pacific University Archives

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Portland Sept. 17, [18]79
Profr. Jos. W. Marsh
Forest Grove
My dear Sir:
My rheumatism has quite disabled me. Shall require some treatment that I can not have at the Grove in order not to have a really serious affair of it. Had supposed it was nothing but a little matter of malarial trouble, and that Doctor [G-?] might help me out with a little medicine.
However I have pushed some university matters with Doctor Atkinson and so shall endeavor to make the most of my time, out of bed, here in Portland, [tell?].
I do not now know why next Monday's train can not bring me back to Forest Grove.
Very truly yours,
M.C. Wilkinson