By William Apess
This booklet brings jointly the best-known works of the 19th-century Indian author William Apess, together with the 1st prolonged autobiography by way of a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal flooring, which used to be named a decision notable educational ebook. This re-creation of Apess's vintage texts is designed for school room use .
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This moment marks in the autobiographical accounts the end of Apess's childhood. His stay at the Hillhouses was brief. He ran away several times and generally rebelled in any way he could against what he took to be their arbitrary authority. 3 He was eleven and a half years old. At first he was well treated, lightly worked, clothed, and fed properly. And he liked living in a bustling city for the first time: "The finery and show caught my eye and captivated my heart" (A Son). For about two or three years, his life in the household went well.
The couple live in southeastern Connecticut for a time, and Apess travels to wherever he can find work. At least one child is born in these years, a son, and possibly two daughters. 182527 Goes to Providence, Rhode Island, to find work and moves the family there. Becomes a class leader in a local Methodist society. Again begins to exhort and, after some months, is licensed by the Methodists to do so. Decides to become a missionary. 182729 Travels around Long Island, the Hudson River valley, Boston, New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and north of Boston as an itinerant Methodist exhorter, working much of the time, it seems, with mixed groups of African and Native Americans.
The Mashpees adopted him into the community, provided him with a house, and granted him farming, fishing, and wood rights. At his urging and probably with his authorship, the community agreed to two petitions: one to the governor of Massachusetts, the second to the Corporation of Harvard College which controlled the appoint- (footnote continued from previous page) his first voyage on the ship Ajax in 1838, William Elisha mutinied with one other sailor "over the inhumane treatment of the ship's boy.
A Son of the Forest and Other Writings by William Apess