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Michigan

Abel Bingham

that some had made themselves rich by their missionary operations among them, and closed his speech by saying I must leave their village. He said if I had anything to say he would hear me. I addressed him very mildly and respectfully. Did not attempt to contradict what he said of the treatment received from the white people, but simply remarked, ' If some of our fathers who were dead had treated them badly, it was not our intention to do so, but so far as lay in our power, would redress their wrongs, and we knew of no better way than by bringing them the Gospel.' I assured them of the benevolent designs of the society in sending me there, and what they proposed to do for them. He heard me through, and then sternly remarked : " We can plant our own corn, sow our own grass-seed, and we want none of your help; you must clear out." He added, " You may stay until morning, but then you must go." The next day a number of • our friends called to see what effect Red Jacket's speech had upon me.

Early Michigan Preachers


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