This letter was written by Caroline (Baldwin) Jencks (1820-1848), the wife of Baptist missionary Erasmus Norcross Jencks (1821-Aft1880). She was the daughter of Rev. Daniel Baldwin of Milford, Connecticut. She died at sea on 27 June 1848 and her remains were committed to the deep.
Jencks was a missionary of the American Baptist Missionary Union (ABMU). He left New York in the ship Cohota on 29 June 1846, with his wife, the Revs. W. Dean, S. C. Clopton, and George Pearcy, with their wives. They arrived at Macao on 6 October 1846. Jencks proceeded from Hongkong to Bangkok, Siam, in the same year. There he made rapid progress with the language, but soon afterwards Mrs. Jencks’ failing health compelled them to leave the field. They left Bangkok in November 1847, returned to China via Singapore, and embarked at Whampoa on 12 April 1848 in the Valparaiso for the United States. Mrs. Jencks died at sea. Erasmus Jencks remarried and engaged in ministerial labors in the United States, having dissolved his connection with the ABMU.
In 1860 he was a minister in Illinois; in the 1880 census he is listed as a Co. Surveyor in Lone Tree Township, Clay Co., Iowa.
The letter was mailed to a Rev. Denan [?] in the care of Rev. Ralph H. Maine (1816-Aft1860), a Baptist Minister in Hartford, Connecticut.
Addressed to Rev. R. H. Maine, Hartford, Connecticut, M. S. A.
April 13th 1847
My Dear Bro. Denan,
Your letter by the Presbyterian brethren was duly received for which I am greatly obliged. I was happy to receive also by the same hand a nice pot of shaving cream for which you will also please receive my acknowledgements.