Mary Reynolds papers
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The Mary Reynolds papers are comprised of six letters written home by a woman missionary teacher in Turkey, 1830-1835. Five of these letters were addressed to her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Root of Greenwich, Mass., and the sixth was addressed to her sister, Martha Reynolds.
Though few in number, the Reynolds letters offer an insight into one woman's view of the missionary endeavor. As a devout Christian, her encounter with Islam is interesting as much for the manner in which she classifies Islam simply as one of a number of false religions used to delude the Turkish populace. Millennial expectations and a condescending, but genuine fascination with foreign culture pervade the correspondence.