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Michigan

Abel Bingham

I carried my wife to the settlement, and theft proceeded with Eld. Stone to attend this. On reaching Buffalo, the Indians, finding Governor Clinton there, laid their grievances before him. Red Jacket accused the missionaries of being like chipmunks; said " they rilled their wallets, and then cleared out," and vehemently urged the governor to remove them. Young King, a chief, replied in behalf of the Christian party, assuring the governor they desired to keep the missionaries, and did not wish to be deprived of the benefit received from them. The governor said we had no laws to prevent men from preaching the Gospel, or teaching school, where people were desirous to hear and be taught, but if any man moves on to your land to cultivate the soil, he can be moved off. The next day the Indian council opened, and the subject of Indian reform was the topic discussed. The decision of the Pagans was delivered by red Jacket, stating their determined opposition to the missionaries, and that they would drive them off.

Early Michigan Preachers


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