Vanished Worlds, Enduring People

Native Americans of the Northeast

Jeremy Belknap and Jedidiah Morse. Report on the Oneida, Stockbridge, and Brotherton Indians, 1796. [view]

Belknap (1744-1798) and Morse (1761-1826) were clergymen commissioned by the Scots Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge to investigate allegations about the condition of the Indians and the work of the Society’s missionaries at Oneida and New Stockbridge in New York. Their report addresses a series of questions about the health and industriousness of those on the reservation, and especially about the missionaries’ success in converting them to Christianity. So discouraged was Belknap by the missionaries’ failure in this regard that he resigned from the Society after submitting his report.

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