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Civilization rebuked by the savage.--We are informed that a party of men from this town went over to Deerfield Sabbath before last, to make a visit to the Indians who were encamped there. On going into their lodges, one of the "savages" enquired what the party had come for. "To visit you," was the reply, "We dont receive visits on the Sabbath, please to withdraw"--was the answer. They did withdraw with "a flea in their ear," and these "natives of the forest" quietly and decorously attended divine service. Their revered progenitor, Rev John Williams, would have rendered heartfelt thanks, to have known that his aboriginal descendants would thus respect divine institutions, and so pointedly and justly rebuke those of his own race, who had so far forgotten their duty to their MAKER as to profane his holy day. This party of Indians have demeaned themselves with independence, and yet with the utmost propriety. They passed through this village last Friday and took the Albany road, on their return to Canada. They will have become extensive tourists by the time they reach home.

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A band of twenty-five Abenaki from Canada stopped in Greenfield and Deerfield for several nights in August and September 1837. The residents of both towns were at first alarmed as to their purpose, but their fears were put to rest when they discovered they were descendants of a former Deerfield girl, Eunice Williams, and that they came in peace.


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"Civilization rebuked by the savage" in "Gazette and Mercury" Newspaper

publisher   Phelps and Ingersoll [editors]
date   Sep 5, 1837
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   3.0"
height   3.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L01.009

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