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The Life of Gouverneur Morris
mingled perhaps with some slight chiding s of conscience on his part, that he
had been over zealous in what he called his official duty, were the only
grounds of his alarm. The part he chose
to take with the Indians, is shown in a letter from the Reverend Samuel
Kirkland to the committee of Albany, dated at Cherry Valley, on the ninth of June. Mr. Kirkland had been for many years a
laborious and faithful missionary among the Oneida Indians, understood their
language and character perfectly, and was greatly beloved by them.
I am much
embarrassed, says he, at present. You
have doubtless heard that Colonel Johnson has orders from government to remove
the dissenting missionaries from the Six Nations, till the difficulties between
Britain and the colonies are settled; in consequence of which he has
forbidden my return to my people at Oneida.
He has since given encouragement, that I may revisit them after the
Congress is closed; but to be plain, I have no dependence at all on his
promises of this kind. [to appears
unreasonably jealous of me, and has forbidden my speaking a word to the
Indians, and threatened me with confinement if I transgress. All he has against me I suppose to be a
suspicion, that I have interpreted to the Indians the doings of the Continental
Congress, which has undeceived there, and too much opened their eyes for
Colonel Johnson's purposes. I confess to
you, gentlemen, that I have been guilty of this, if it be a transgression: The
Indians found out that I had received the abstracts of said Congress, and
insisted upon knowing the contents. I could
not deny them, notwithstanding my cloth, though in all other respects I have
been extremely cautious not to meddle in matters of a political nature. I apprehend that my interpreting the doings
of the Congress to a number of their sachems has done more real good to the
cause of the country, or the cause of truth and justice, than five hundred
pounds in presents would have effected.
same time the New York Congress received a letter from the Provincial Congress
of South Carolina,
From The Life of Gouverneur Morris: With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers; Detailing Events in the American Revolution, The French Revolution, and in the Political History of the United States, by Jared Sparks, Volume 1, Boston: Gray & Bowen, 1832, p 43. Some minor edits may have been made, but an attempt has been made to preserve the original spelling. Although some effort has been made to correct the limitations of OCR technology, if you find an error please report it to email@example.com.
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