By Althea Bass
“He is smart; he has whatever 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 lower than the auspices of the yankee Board of overseas Missions (Congregational). one in every of Worcester’s earliest accomplishments was once to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in variety in order that he and Elias Boudinot may perhaps print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After elimination to Indian Territory, he helped determine the Cherokee suggest, 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 different roles, together with these of preacher, instructor, postmaster, felony consultant, physician, 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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In the fall of 1815, then, Samuel walked seventy-one miles across the state of Vermont, stepping over the Green Mountains imperturbedly to the college at Burlington where his uncle the Reverend Doctor Samuel Austin was president. Young men took such responsibilities upon themselves, as a matter of course, in those days. What they did not take as a matter of course was their religion. It is true that in the typical New England home children heard the Bible read daily; they were aware of an accepted theology and an accepted morality that were Page 19 far-reaching and rigid; they went to church services regularly and automatically, because church-going was part of life's routine.
Page 24 "Sept. 29. 12 1/2 " 30. 00 Oct. 1. 68 3/4 " 4. 75 " 5. 00 " 6. 62 1/2 " 7. 87 1/2 " 8. 37 1/2 " 11. 00 " 12. 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.
He passed away in 1859 and was buried at Park Hill. Page 7 To bring Worcester to life, Althea Bass gives the reader not only primary accounts of the many important events he was a part of, but also many details revealing the personal side of missionary and Cherokee life. She discusses the size of the house the Worcesters lived in, where they got their supplies of teas, clothes, paper, ink, sugars, and molasses, and even what Worcester and his wife served to guests. Bass includes Worcester's list of Cherokee students taught at Brainerd, names that otherwise would be forgotten to history.