ID: 24805
£850.00
A speech delivered by an Indian Chief in reply to a sermon preach'd by a Swedish missionary, in order to convert the Indians to the Christian religion.

MANUSCRIPT: INDIAN CHIEF,, A speech delivered by an Indian Chief in reply to a sermon preach'd by a Swedish missionary, in order to convert the Indians to the Christian religion. On or about the year of Our Lord, 1710; a Swedish missionary preached a sermon at an Indian Treaty held at Canastogoe in Pensylvania; in which sermon he set forth original sin, the necessity of a mediator, and endeavoured by certain arguments to induce the Indians to embrace the Christian religion. After he had ended his discourse one of the Indian Chiefs made a speech in reply to the sermon, and the discourses on both sides were made known by interpreters. The missionary upon his return to Sweden, published his sermon; and the Indian's answer. Having wrote them in Latin, he dedicates them to the University of Upsal, and desires them to furnish with arguments to confute such strong reasoning of the Indian. [undated, but the paper, ink and hand suggest 18th century, 1741 or later].

Single sheet of paper, folded for posting, 49 x 39 cms., tiny hole at one fold (but no loss), with the docket title The Indian Chiefs reply to a Swedish missionary, in excellent state of preservation.

The Swedish missionary was Jonas Aurén, whose letter from Conestoga of January 13, 1699/1700, including the Indian speech, was printed in Latin in: Grönwall, Anders, praeses ..... Dissertatio gradualis, de planatione ecclesiae Svecanae in America ..... Usaliae, [1731]. The text of the Indian chief's speech appears in the American Magazine for March, 1741, printed at Philadelphia by Andrew Bradford. [See Early American Imprints #39635a].