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Title An hytorical [sic] [acco]unt of the doing[s] & sufferings of [the] Christian Indians in New England, in the yeares 1675: 1676 / 1677 [manuscript]...
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, United States
Keywords war, King Philip's War, Christianity, religion, white settlers, settlement, white settlement, hostility, attack, personal account, Praying Indians
Theme American Indians and the European Powers; Military Encounters: Conflicts, Rebellions and Alliances
Culture Area Northeast
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FULL TITLE: An hytorical [sic] [acco]unt of the doing[s] & sufferings of [the] Christian Indians in New England, in the yeares 1675: 1676 / 1677: impartialy drawne by one wel aquainted with that affayre and presented unto the Right Honble the Corporation residing in London appointed by the Kings most exelent matie for promoting the gospel among the Indians in America

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 jurisdication of Massachusetts from 1656 to 1686. Gookin sent this manuscript 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 and later published by the American Antiquarian Society.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 3082
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue