Cherokee Messenger (Civilization of the American Indian by Althea Bass

By Althea Bass

“He is smart; he has anything to say.  allow us to name him ‘A-tse-nu-sti,’ the messenger.” this is often the tale of Reverend Samuel Austin Worcester (1798-1859), “messenger” and missionary to the Cherokees from 1825 to 1859 below the auspices of the yankee Board of international Missions (Congregational). one in every of Worcester’s earliest accomplishments was once to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in style in order that he and Elias Boudinot might print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After removing to Indian Territory, he helped identify the Cherokee recommend, edited via William Ross, and issued almanacs, gospels, hymnals, bibles, and different books within the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw languages. He served the Cherokee in several roles, together with these of preacher, instructor, postmaster, criminal consultant, surgeon, and organizer of temperance societies. His tale is the Cherokee tale, and within the foreword to this new version, William L. Anderson discusses Worcester’s existence one of the Cherokee.

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N. B. Moore, of Haskell, Oklahoma. She encouraged me in my undertaking, gave me her time in the narration of incidents regarding her grandfather's life and work, furnished me with an ambrotype of her grandfather, and lent me unpublished letters and manuscripts in her possession. Page 12 Several of my friends have helped me with problems of dates, footnotes, and genealogy; and all of them have endured me when the life of Samuel Worcester was my only interest and only subject of conversation. ALTHEA BALL NORMA, OKLAHOMA JANUARY 6, 1936 Page 14 Author's Note Much the largest part of the quoted material in this book is from the manuscript collection owned by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and now housed in the Andover-Harvard Library at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Outside Boston on the toll road Samuel made the first entry in his expense account: "Aug 31. Toll (Western 2 Nevada Couch, Pages from Cherokee Indian History (3d. ; St. Louis: R. P. , [1884] p. 2. 06" He had a double stewardship, to God and to the American Board. They required of him an account of every item of expense during his journey. It was the hardest of all the duties expected of him,harder to make a simple account balance than to translate the most difficult passage in the Bible into Cherokee.

He made a mark for each word that he could recollect, till the number amounted to several thousands. His memory was overburdened with them, and he became convinced that there must be a better way. He began to consider how words could be divided into parts, and soon found that the same character would answer for a part of many words. Every syllable in the Cherokee language is either a simple vowel sound, or a vowel preceded by a consonant. The vowel sounds are six; the consonants, simple and compound, twelve; therefore, the syllables resulting from their combination, seventy-two; by certain modifications of a few of these sylla- 2 Tracy, op.

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