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Title Letters [manuscript]: 1847-1858
Author Copway, George (c.1818-1863)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Letters written from Albany, N.Y., New York City, and Philadelphia, 1847-1858, by George Copway, regarding assistance for the education of an Indian boy (1847), a meeting to support the Indian cause (1850), a lecture on the European peace congress (1851), and a meeting to form an unspecified permanent society in Philadelphia (1858). Correspondents include Richard Vaux (mayor of Philadelphia), J.W. Thornton (historian), and H.N. Pohlman (Albany, N.Y., Lutheran minister).
Names Pohlman, Henry N. (1800-1874); Thornton, John Wingate (1818-1878); Vaux, Richard (1816-1895)
Places Albany, New York, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Keywords education, politics, missionary, Christianity, European Powers, peace
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Ojibwa 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 Ojibwa, and proposed and argued for a new Indian territory for the tribes of the Old Northwest. He 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 184
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue