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Michigan

Abel Bingham

You must venture forth like Israel of old, with what stuff you have, not knowing when this is exhausted whether your next supplies will come from the earth or the skies." With such encouragement they went forth, in April, 1822, and found themselves safely lodged in a small log house built for them by the Indians without assistance from any white man. He began his labors immediately, preaching on the Sabbath, and on Monday, the 8th of April, opened his school with eleven scholars, and on the 10th was summoned before a Pagan council, an account of which we give in his own words:

" Red Jacket presided, surrounded by 20 of his young warriors. He put on a heavy brow, and his eyes flashed fire, while he addressed me, 'as one having authority.' He undertook to state what the white people had done to the Indians, how they had driven them from their habitations towards the setting sun, murdered them, taken their lands, etc. He also said he was witness to the fact that our ministers had taken pay of poor people for nothing but preaching;

Early Michigan Preachers


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