O. L. Perry

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A young Sunday school scholar sent this letter to Rev. Graham, a minister in Portland, along with his donation of one dollar which he had earned shoveling snow. Rev. Graham apparently forwarded the letter and the donation to the mayor's office.

The Portland City Directory for 1866-67 lists a Rev. Daniel M. Graham, pastor of Casco street church.

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Great Fire -- Portland (Me.) – 1866, Fires – Maine – Portland, Disaster relief – Maine – Portland


New York July 8th

Rev Dr Graham

I was very sorry to hear of the sad calamity which befell your noble city. and I am thankfull it was no worse. I hope all efforts are being put forth to aid the homeless multitude. We were all glad to learn that our church was not burnt. Enclosed you will find the sum of one dollar which may aid some suffering family. I earned it cleaning the snow off the side-walks last winter.

[crossed out] Our church is prospering as well as usual. the folk are all well and join me in sending much love to you and family.

From your little friend.

O.L. Perry.

1179 [?]

[penciled note] The above is from a Sunday school scholar in New York City

DM Graham

Letter from O.L. Perry to Rev. Dr. Graham



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