Selected Letters of A.M.A Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy, 1846-1879
288 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
49 illustrations, 7 maps
Hardcover
Release Date:01 May 2013
ISBN:9780295992631
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Selected Letters of A.M.A Blanchet, Bishop of Walla Walla and Nesqualy, 1846-1879

University of Washington Press
In 1846, French Canadian-born A. M. A. Blanchet was named the first Catholic bishop of Walla Walla in the area soon to become Washington Territory. He arrived at Fort Walla Walla in late September 1847, part of the largest movement over the Oregon Trail to date. During the thirty-two years of Blanchet's tenure in the Northwest, the region underwent profound social and political change as the Hudson's Bay Company moved headquarters and many operations north following the Oregon Treaty, U.S. government and institutions were established, and Native American inhabitants dealt with displacement and discrimination. Blanchet chronicled both his own pastoral and administrative life and his observations on the world around him in a voluminous correspondence-almost nine hundred letters-to religious superiors and colleagues in Montreal, Paris, and Rome; funding organizations; other missionaries; and U.S. officials. This selection of Blanchet's letters provides a fascinating view of Washington Territory as seen through the eyes of an intelligent, devout, energetic, perceptive, and occasionally irascible cleric and administrator.
Roberta Stringham Brown is a professor of French at Pacific Lutheran University. Patricia O'Connell Killen is a professor of religious studies and academic vice president at Gonzaga University.
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