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Title Letter [manuscript]: New York, to H. B. Hurst [i.e. Hirst], Philadelphia, 1851 June 12
Author Copway, George (1818-c.1863)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: June 12, 1851, letter from Copway to Henry Beck Hirst, a Philadelphia poet, outlining plans to publish Copway’s American Indian, a weekly newspaper of Indian advocacy, and asking Hirst to contribute his work and submit a letter of support for the first issue. Copway describes his paper as "a channel of information for the American people and to the Indian race of all such things as will tend to give them a better idea of each other" and lists other contributors, including Prescott Everett, H. R. Schoolcraft, William Gilmore Simms, Lewis Henry Morgan, James Fennimore Cooper, Washington Irving, and Maj. John Richardson. He also specifies the paper’s intended circulation (3,000), typeface, and paper.
Names Hirst, Henry Beck (1813-1874); Everett, Prescott; Schoolcraft, H. R.; Simms, William Gilmore; Morgan, Lewis Henry; Cooper, James Fennimore; Irving, Washington; Richardson, John
Places New York, Philadelphia, United States
Keywords newspaper, literature, cultural institutions
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Copway was an Ojibway chief, Methodist missionary, and author. Born in 1818 in Ontario and given the Indian name Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh, Copway was taught to read by an English missionary and converted to Methodism in 1830. From 1834 until his death, Copway was either engaged in missionary work among his people in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, or in lecturing, writing, and raising funds for the Indian cause. Copway wrote several books on the Indians, translated the gospel of Luke into Ojibway, and proposed and argued for a new Indian territory for the tribes of the Old Northwest. A journalist for a period in New York City, Copway published a newspaper, Copway’s American Indian, from July 10 to Sept. 17, 1851, when insufficient funds caused its demise. Copway is presumed to have died in Michigan in 1863.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3051
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue