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By Althea Bass

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“He is sensible; 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 less than the auspices of the yank Board of international Missions (Congregational). certainly one of Worcester’s earliest accomplishments used to be to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in kind in order that he and Elias Boudinot might print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After removing to Indian Territory, he helped determine the Cherokee recommend, edited by means of William Ross, and issued almanacs, gospels, hymnals, bibles, and different books within the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw languages. He served the Cherokee in several roles, together with these of preacher, instructor, postmaster, felony consultant, health care provider, and organizer of temperance societies. His tale is the Cherokee tale, and within the foreword to this re-creation, William L. Anderson discusses Worcester’s existence one of the Cherokee.

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Our horse is likely to hold out very well, though I have driven too hard the last three days106 milesconsidering that the road on Friday was extremely rough, and on Saturday hilly. "I have found no opportunity to do anything as an agent of the Board as yet. At Newburgh the Seceding Synod were in session, and Mr. Johnston had hired help for the Sabbath. In the evening was a sermon and collection for the Dom. Mis. So. of the Synod. Collections there are very frequentMr. Johnston said he should think 26 within a year, and he is glad to have it so.

Now all this preliminary training was at an end. Samuel had been graduated from Andover Theological Seminary in 1823 and had worked, since then, in the offices of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Boston until he should be definitely assigned to a place in the foreign field. In the summer just ending, things had happened rapidly. Samuel's field of foreign service, the Cherokee Nation of Indians, had been assigned to him; he had married the woman who was to go with him as assistant missionary (significant title implying no limitation of duties of wife- Page 20 hood, motherhood, teaching, supervision of a large mission family, nursing in the community, leadership in such minor matters of church life as fell to the women of a congregation); and he had been ordained as Missionary to the Heathen only six days before they set out to the Cherokee country where the ''heathen" dwelt.

Page 12 Several of my friends have helped me with problems of dates, footnotes, and genealogy; and all of them have endured me when the life of Samuel Worcester was my only interest and only subject of conversation. ALTHEA BALL NORMA, OKLAHOMA JANUARY 6, 1936 Page 14 Author's Note Much the largest part of the quoted material in this book is from the manuscript collection owned by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and now housed in the Andover-Harvard Library at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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