Eulogy on King Philip: as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston / by the Rev. William Apes. Main Author: Apess, William, Language(s): . In the early s, Native people in southern New England were entering their third century of struggle against invasion, disease, war and. Apess’s last published work, Eulogy on King Philip (), has been described as his “most powerful and sustained polemic.” Originally delivered as a series of .

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And yet for their kindness and resignation toward the whites, they were called savages and made by God on purpose for them to destroy.

He was the descendant of one of the most celebrated chiefs in the known world, for peace and universal benevolence toward all men; for injuries upon injuries, and the most daring robberies and barbarous deeds of death that were ever committed by the American Pilgrims, were with patience and resignation borne, in a manner that would do justice to any Christian nation or being in the world -especially when we realize that it was voluntary suffering on the phili; of the good old chief.

He never really wanted to leave, but, despite his reassurances, the family he had come to regard as phhilip own sold his indenture to Judge James Hillhouse, a member of the Connecticut apes. The next year he sells five hundred acres in Swansea, for which he received eighty dollars. Why, my brethren, the poor missionaries want money to go and convert the poor heathen, as if God could not convert them where they were but must first drive them out.


“Eulogy on King Philip as Pronounced at the Odeon”

The place where Philip fell was very muddy. Therefore, upon the 12th of August, Captain Church surrounded the swamp where Philip and his men had encamped, early in the morning, before they had risen, doubtless led on by an Indian who was either compelled or hired to turn traitor.

That he had carried insolently and proudly toward us on several occasions, in refusing to come down to our courts when sent forto procure a right understanding betwixt us. At the apses time some of the females were so frightened that some of them undertook to make their escape, upon which they were fired upon.

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It most certainly philil not fit to civilize men with, much more to save their souls; and we poor Indians want euloy such missionaries around us.

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After which they murdered all euulogy his family in cool blood, which roused his passions to be revenged upon the whites. About Indian houses was erected of a superior kind, in which was deposited all their stores, tubs of corn, and other things, piled up to a great height, which rendered it bulletproof.

Like his other writings and orations, Apes’ Eulogy and its frontispiece publicized the plight of Native people and the daily injustices they suffered.

Deborah Gussman has argued that Apess engaged in a battle for history with Puritans like Cotton Mather — But it will be seen that this good old chief exercised more Christian forbearance than any of the governors of that age or since.

Here, Apess presents this story as well, though he couches it in a very different framework. And we find Philip as active as the wind, as dexterous as a giant, firm as the pillows of heaven, and fierce as a phikip, a powerful foe to contend with indeed, and as swift as apews eagle, gathering together his forces to prepare them for oh battle.

The white people call this stabbing, feasting the savages. Accordingly, on the 19th day of December, after the Pilgrims had been out in the extreme cold for nearly one month, lodging in tents, and their provision being short, and the air full of snow, they had no other alternative than to attack Philip in the fort. The Doctor closes thus: Apess’ work was one of the first autobiographies published by a Native American and was published partly in reaction to advocates phi,ip Indian ;hilipincluding President Andrew Jackson.

University of Massachusetts Press, p. Now let us review this a little. He had retired here with his army to secure a safe retreat from the Pilgrims, who were in close pursuit of him, and their numbers were so powerful they thought the fate of Philip was sealed. Did the Indians get a chance to redeem their prisoners?


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So they quartered him; and as history informs us, they said, he being a heathen, but a few tears were shed at his funeral. We often hear of the wars breaking out upon the frontiers, and it is because the same spirit reigns there that reigned here in New England; and wherever there are any Indians, that spirit still reigns; and at present, there is no law to stop it.

Now, such charges as those, we think, are to no credit of the Pilgrims. Yes, we might speak of distinguished men, but they fall so far short in the minority that it is heard but at a small distance. But we sincerely uelogy there is more humanity in us than that. How have they been destroyed?

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That he had neglected to bring in his arms, although competent time had been given him. He moved to New York Ejlogy with his second wife and children, trying to find work. Is it by fair means?

What sad tales are these for us to look upon the massacre of our dear fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters; and if we speak, we are then called savages for complaining. In their sickness, too, the Indians were as tender to them as to their own children; and for all this, they were denounced as savages by those who had received all the acts of kindness they possibly could show them. But when a people calling themselves Christians conduct in this manner, we think they are censurable, and no pity eeulogy all ought to be had for eklogy.