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Title Letter [manuscript]: Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, [Indian Territory], to Rev. W.B. Sprague, Albany, N.Y., 1840 Feb. 24
Author Worcester, Samuel Austin (1798-1859)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 24, 1840, letter to William Buell Sprague, a Congregational minister in Albany, N.Y., who had been among a group advising Worcester and Butler to drop their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Worcester outlines his views regarding "the propriety of our having exposed ourselves to imprisonment and the appeal". Following the letter is a note in the Cherokee language by the Cherokee minister John Huss and a translation of the note by Worcester.
Names Sprague, William Buell (1795-1876); Butler, Elizur (1794-1857); Huss, John; Armstrong, Reverend, J. W.
Places Georgia, Albany, New York, United States
Keywords religion, church, law, legislation, court, trial, litigation, prison, translation, translator, language, missionary, education, politics, government, cultural contact
Theme American Indians and the US Government; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Southeast
Additional Information Worcester was a missionary to the Cherokee Indians, translator and printer of the Bible and other works in the Cherokee language. Worcester began his missionary work with the Cherokee Indians in East Tennesse in 1825, and moved to New Echota, Ga. in 1827. In 1831 he and Elizur Butler were arrested and imprisoned for violating a Georgia ordinance forbidding white persons to live among the Indians without taking an oath of allegiance to the state and obtaining a license. The case was appealed in 1832 to the Supreme Court, which declared the Georgia law unconstitutional, but Worcester and Butler were not released until 1833. In 1835 Worcester established the Park Hill Mission among the Cherokees residing west of the Mississippi in the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 1017
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue