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Title Letter [manuscript]: Maryville, T[enn.], to Jedediah Morse, Charlesto[w]n, Mass., 1808 Dec. 17
Author Blackburn, Gideon (1772-1838)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: December 7, 1808, letter from Gideon Blackburn to Jedediah Morse (with whom Blackburn had maintained a correspondence following an 1807 fundraising tour of New England), regarding the "progress of civilization among the Cherokees." Blackburn describes the effects of his school and mission work on the Cherokee Nation -- alterations in laws, substitution of trial by jury for blood revenge, imposition of a tax to support the government, and proliferation of agriculture and stock raising. Also discussed are Blackburn’s attempts to sell copies of Morse’s journal, The Panoplist, in which many of Blackburn’s letters to Morse were published, and his hopes of finding students for the new Andover Theological Seminary, which Morse was instrumental in establishing.
Names Morse, Jedidiah (1761-1826)
Places Maryville, Tennessee, United States
Keywords education, missionary, religion, cultural assimilation, law, trial, government, farming, livestock
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast, Northeast
Additional Information Blackburn was a Presbyterian minister and missionary to the Cherokees, 1804-1810. In 1804, supported by the U.S. and Tennessee governments, and private contributors, he opened a mission school for Cherokee children near Tellico. A second school was established in 1808 near Sale Creek. His schools a success, Blackburn was also an influential adviser to the Cherokees, persuading them to alter their laws and government to resemble those of the U.S. In 1810, battling poor health and financial difficulties, Blackburn retired from missionary work.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 70
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue