Cherokee Messenger (The Civilization of the American Indian by Althea Bass

By Althea Bass

“He is sensible; he has anything to say.  allow us to name him ‘A-tse-nu-sti,’ the messenger.” this is often the tale of Reverend Samuel Austin Worcester (1798-1859), “messenger” and missionary to the Cherokees from 1825 to 1859 lower than the auspices of the yankee Board of overseas Missions (Congregational). considered one of Worcester’s earliest accomplishments used to be to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in style in order that he and Elias Boudinot may print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After elimination to Indian Territory, he helped determine the Cherokee Advocate, edited via William Ross, and issued almanacs, gospels, hymnals, bibles, and different books within the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw languages. He served the Cherokee in several roles, together with these of preacher, instructor, postmaster, felony consultant, general practitioner, and organizer of temperance societies. His tale is the Cherokee tale, and within the foreword to this new version, William L. Anderson discusses Worcester’s existence one of the Cherokee.

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I, p. 163. Page 39 only eight years when the Worcesters joined it, its influences were already far-reaching. John Arch, who now helped as an interpreter and translator, had been one of the early pupils of the mission school. " But he had gone well beyond his copy book days. He had finished the school at Brainerd with credit, and had been appointed to teach Cherokees in a school opened by the Mission at Creek Path, working very seriously and faithfully. But the white man's ways of living had been disastrous for him; he had fallen into a decline and had made a good Christian end, at the age of twenty-eight, in June of that summer when Samuel Worcester was appointed missionary to the Cherokees.

He passed away in 1859 and was buried at Park Hill. Page 7 To bring Worcester to life, Althea Bass gives the reader not only primary accounts of the many important events he was a part of, but also many details revealing the personal side of missionary and Cherokee life. She discusses the size of the house the Worcesters lived in, where they got their supplies of teas, clothes, paper, ink, sugars, and molasses, and even what Worcester and his wife served to guests. Bass includes Worcester's list of Cherokee students taught at Brainerd, names that otherwise would be forgotten to history.

Such a man, it is true, needed some additional equipment: a knowledge of printing, for books must be made for the Cherokees to read; mechanical and carpentering skill, for he might have to build his own house and his own church in the wilderness; an ability to care for himself and others under primitive circumstances, for he and his family and his horse might have uncharted journeys to make with storms and floods and lack of food to complicate their progress; an understanding of medicine and surgery, for doctors would seldom be available; some idea of how to plan a course of study for a mission school, how to keep financial accounts for an institution, how to sing and teach others to sing, how to judge and bargain for and slaughter and cure a beef for food, how in short to do everything himself that a community might need to have done.

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