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IVe also insert the Appendix to the Rev. SAMUEL Millet's Missionary Sermon, delivered April 6, 1802, for the sake of extending useful information.
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would be gratifying to the Public, harc selected the two fol. lowing
1. TaTheR, ATTEND !
E, the Chiefs and Young Men of the Tuscarora Nation, wish to speak a few words in your ears. We are very happy that the Great Spirit has protected you and us, so that we meet together this day at our fire-place. We also thank the Great Spirit that he has put it into the hearts of the Directors of the Missionary Society to pity us, and send you again to visit us. We also thank the Great Spirit that he has preserved all our chiefs and warriors, so that we are able to meet you again in council.
Father, we all, Sacheins, Chiefs, Warriors and Young Men, speak with one heart. We are very happy to hear the talk of the Missionary Society. Now we find that they are true friends to our poor nation ; that they wish to have us and our children tauglit, that we may become a civil and happy people.
Father, we now thank you and the Missionary Society, that you have brought a schoolmaster with you to teach our children to read and write, and to learn our people to sing praises to the Great Spirit. He is our brother, we receive him in love. We will all be kind to him, and use him well, as long as he will be a good man ; but if he should be a bad man, we will let you know it, for we think
not want a bad man amongst us ; we are bad enough ourselves, we do not want any bad man to live among us.
Fathers and Brothers,* we are happy that the Missionary Society have taken so much pains to seek the happiness of our poor nation, for we are as it were lost; they have undertaken to raise us fro:n the dust.
* By Fathers Brothers, they told Mr. Hulmes they meant bim and the ministers and others belongings Le Missionary Society.
Fathers and Brothers, we thank you for your instructions ; we have received your instructions, We used to think that there was no difference in days ; but now we are convinced that we ought to keep the sabbath as holy time, and we are determined hereafter to rest on that day, and keep it as holy time, to serve the GreatSpirit in.
Fathers and Brothers, you know we are poor, we can do but little ourselves; we would be very happy if the Missionary Society would assist us to have a house to worship in, and for a school-house.
Fathers and Brothers, we will now let you know that our nation is much scattered; some are at North.Carolina ; a few at Oneida, and others at Grand River, in the British dominions. We wish to have them all collected together in this place, that they might be instructed in the good ways of Christians, and have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them.
Fathers and Brothers, we will now let you know that our desire is that we may have constant instruction in the
of the Great Spirit, lest we grow weak ; and we wish that you would not be discouraged, and not forsake us because of our wickedness. We expect there is one above that will judge us if we do not forsake all our evil ways. We hope and wish we shall be faithful to hearken to your instructions, and try to do all the good we can to our na. tion. If evil men among us should try to disturb us, and hinder us from doing good, we will try to shut our ears, and not listen to them, but try to keep on in the straight, good path.
Father, we now let you know that we will leave it to the young warrior to speak last, and deliver this belt of Wampum to you, to send to the Missionary Society as a token of our love and friend, ship with them.
Then the young warrior took the belt, and spoke as follows, and delivered it to Mr. Holmes..
FATHERS AND BROTHERS, We deliver this belt, according to the custom of our fore-fathers, as a token of peace and friendship, which we wish may continue as long as the sun shines, and trees grow; and that our nation may have the Gospel preached to them as long as the world shall continue,
Signed by the Sachem and ten Warriors of the Tuscarora Nationa Niagara, August 29 & 31, 1801,
2. FATHER, SINCE you, as a Missionary, first visited us, we have been slow to give you an answer. The reason has been that, as there were three nations to consult, it took up much time ; but now we are ready to give you an answer.
In the situation that we are in we are exposed to the white people ; but we believe the Missionary Society of New York to be our friends. You are our instructor ; if you take advantage of us, you take advantage of the ignorant.
Father, now attend to the custom of our forefathers. returned from visiting our brethren at the River La Trench, you have received the heavy tidings of the death of your daughter. Now we suppose that you have more understanding about the de. parture of a soul into the other world, by the word of Jesus, than
Father, now we are ready to receive you and remove your grief, and wipe away your tears, and clear your throat ; that as you have the knowledge of the Gospel, you may see clearly and speak freely
children. We hope your daughter is gone to happiness, to Jesus, for we hear that Jesus came to save sinners. Now we deliver
you this wampum* to wipe away your tears, and clear your throat, that you may see and speak freely to your children, and al. so as a token of our friendship according to a custom of your forefathers in cases of grief like yours, before we proceed to public business. We suppose that all mankind, though of different col. ours, when they die, go to one place, according as they have done good or evil.
Father, your mission is a great thing. We suppose you are sent, to take care of the souls of men.
Father, now attend ! As you are sent to us from the New York Missionary Society, we hope you will be kind enough to excuse our delay in giving you a full answer respecting the objects of
We have taken time to deliberate. We have been embarrassed with doubts. We thought not proper to proceed hast. ily, lest, not having thoroughly. weighed the objects, we should do
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wrong, and have reason hereafter to repent it, therefore we have been slow since you have been here.
Father, we now accept the offer of the Missionary Society.
Father, our forefathers were happy in the enjoyment of this whole island, which was well stocked with game and trees, which was given them by the Great Spirit : although they did not enjoy the things and the means to get a livelihood that the white people had, yet they were contented.
Father, our brothers, the Missionary Society, are taking great pains to instruct us. If our forefathers had accepted such an offer, we should not have been so deceived and cheated by the white people. We do not suppose that we that are grown up can receive much benefit; but we hope that our children will be instructed, so that they may not be so deceived and imposed upon by white people, as our forefathers and we have been.
Father, we have heard from our forefathers that they had a Missionary sent them from Boston some years ago to preach to them the name of Jesus; but they did not receive him; and now we are sorry they did not receive him. We suppose that our fore. fathers thought it was not necessary to have preaching among the red pcople, being strictly attached to their old customs, and noť to those of the whites. We have learned, however, that the white people have a name given them, by which they may be saved; but we suppose our forefathers did not understand that name, and there. fore rejected the preaching of the Missionary.
Father, we present you this Wampum as a testimony of our minds. Fathers, we
know that this is the Wampum which we received from our father, the great man of the United States, Awnondagoinius, * as a chain of friendship between the United States and the Six Nations. When we transacted business with the United States, their intention, doubtless, was good, intending the welfare of Indians ; which consideration encourages and begets in us a de. sire to brighten the chain of friendship, and adopt the custoins and modes of living practised by the white people, as our mode of liv. ing by hunting will soen become difficult, because the game will be destroyed, by reason of the white people increasing, and settling
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our game country ; and we have already seen it come to pass that our lands are in the possession of the white people.
Father, from the Commissioners of the United States holding treaties with us we have heard talk about the Great Spirit, and that it was the wish of the white people that for our own good we should become better acquainted with the Great Spirit.
Father, we are always glad to hear from you ; you have given us some instruction about the Gospel of Jesus, which he has commanded to be preached to all people.
We think it a great thing to receive the Gospel, therefore we thought it proper long to de. liberate. Now we, the Seneca Nation, have concluded to receive the Gospel of Jesus : now we hope that we shall have success and not fail, and that it will be continued to be preached to us, for we have great trials.
Father, as the Missionary Society have sent to us, offering us assistance in the education of our children, we receive it kindly, and return them our thanks; but we have some difficulty in our minds about the School-house. The white people at Buffaloe were to provide a house, which not being done we cannot send our children at present.
Father, we wish you to know that we accept the favour offered to us by the Missionary Society for the schooling of our children ; but it is our desire that a house may be provided in our village for worship, and schooling our children, and that assistance may be given us by the Missionary Society to build such house, that it may be handy for our children.
Father and Brother, we pray you be not offended at the difficulty we shall now mention. The white people seem to despise us for our poverty and nakedness. Our children being ragged, and partly naked, will probably be disagreeable to the schoolmaster; we there. fore pray the Missionary Society to grant us some assistance in clothing our children that they may be comfortable and decent to go to school.
Father, we are glad that the Missionary Society have had pity on us, and that they wish to communicate to us the knowledge of the Gospel ; and, as we have just began our friendship, we wish to talk often together, and that you would visit us as often as you can find