By Althea Bass
“He is smart; he has anything to say. allow us to name him ‘A-tse-nu-sti,’ the messenger.” this can be 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 all Worcester’s earliest accomplishments was once to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in style in order that he and Elias Boudinot may print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After removing to Indian Territory, he helped identify the Cherokee recommend, edited by means of William Ross, and issued almanacs, gospels, hymnals, bibles, and different books within the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw languages. He served the Cherokee in different roles, together with these of preacher, instructor, postmaster, felony consultant, healthcare professional, and organizer of temperance societies. His tale is the Cherokee tale, and within the foreword to this re-creation, William L. Anderson discusses Worcester’s lifestyles one of the Cherokee.
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Some of your fathers who first agreed for the teachers to come among us are now no more. They are gone. "It is now some years since a school was established in Creek Path, your native place. I myself aided to build the first school house. At first the children did not learn very fast. But now since the establishment of a school at this place they are doing much better. I have reason to believe you are learning as fast as might be expected. Some of you have been in school five years and some not so long.
We intended to spend Thursday night with Dr. Beecher at Litchfield, but were hindered by rain. When arrived in the morning at the village, we found that his house was half a mile out of our way, and did not call. At Newburgh we spent the Sabbath with the Rev. John Johnston (so he writes his name) by whom we were very cordially received, and recommended to other clergymen on the way. "From Newburgh to Harrisburg the route is through Newton, N. Y. not through Wilkesbarre. We have made the distance about 194 miles.
50 " 13. 25 " 14. 31 1/4 " 15. 87 1/2 " 17. 50 " 18. 25 " 19. 60 Deduct Cash received of the Treasurer Aug. 00 Collection taken at Woodstock Va. 60 Cash received of M. Houston,Rockbridge Co, Va. 00" There were other responsibilities besides the one of keeping a strict account of expenses on the way to the Cherokees. The Worcesters must make the cause of missions known along the way, and win patronage for it in the communities through which they passed. Sometimes meetings were arranged at which Samuel preached; sometimes collections were taken; sometimes, when plans had been made, they must defer to representatives from some other missionary organization.