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Title An historical account of the doings and sufferings of the Christian Indians in N. England in the years 1675, 1676, 1677 [manuscript]: impartially drawn by one well acquainted with that affair and presented unto the Right Honorable the Corporation residing in London, appointed by the Kings most excellent Majesty for promoting the gospel among the Indians in America
Author Gookin, Daniel (1612-1687)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: In the fall of 1677 Daniel Gookin wrote his Historical account... as a vindication of the Praying or Christian Indians role during King Philip’s War (1675-1676). In this detailed account, Gookin describes the hostilities between the Indian tribes and English settlements in New England and their terrible effect upon the Praying Indians, many of whom were mercilessly attacked by their unconverted tribesmen. Further, he defends the actions of the Praying Indians and relates their general condition and sufferings.
Places Massachusetts, New England, United States
Keywords history, Praying Indians, King Philip's War, war, warfare, hostility, government, government relations, British Colonialism, British North America, colonialism, missionary, Christianity, religion
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances; Missionaries and Education
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

Daniel Gookin (1612-1687), colonist, soldier, magistrate and ardent Puritan, settled in Massachusetts in 1644 and held various positions in the colonial government. He was greatly interested in the welfare of the Indians who had been converted to Christianity and served as Superintendent of the Praying Indians within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts from 1656 to 1686. Gookin sent his manuscript of this work in 1677 to Robert Boyle, Governor of the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in New England, with the hope that the Society would publish it. For whatever reasons, it was not printed at the time and remained unknown until 1830 when it was rediscovered by Jared Sparks, the famous American historian and editor. According to the inscription on the title page, Sparks had Gookin’s manuscript transcribed and loaned his copy in 1831 to Samuel G. Drake, also a well-known historian of the time. While making a second copy of Gookin’s work, Gardner added his own detailed historical notes and a separate subject index. This version was used for the first published edition which appeared in the Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society (vol. II, 1836).

Includes index. Provenance: signature of W. [Wilberforce] Eames and bookplate of Frank C. Deering.

T.p. also includes Jared Sparks’s account of how Gookin’s manuscript was obtained and Samuel Drake’s reasons for making a second copy of the manuscript. Half bound in leather and cloth.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3090
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue