The Life of John Eliot, the Apostle of the Indians
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...employed with advantage as schoolmasters and teachers. Most of them died, however, when they had made considerable proficiency in their studies; and some of them abandoned their books, when they were prepared to enter college. These circumstances proved very discouraging to the godly people in New-England. Some were so far affected by them, as to conceive that they were manifest tokens of the divine disapprobation of the labours of Mr Eliot and the other evangelists; others, however, whose faith in the divine promises was more vigorous, considered them as trials sent by the King of the church, to which they ought to submit without reluctance. The plan of educating the youth was therefore persevered in; and in order to render it more perfect, a substantial building of brick, which cost between three and four hundred pounds, was erected in connection with Harvard College in Cambridge. It was large enough to accommodate about twenty scholars; but on account of the death and failure of those who entered it, it was principally occn-pied by English students, and by a printing-press belonging to the corporation for propagating the gospel.b Mr Eliot, having completed the translation of the New Testament, lost no time in proceeding with the Old; and, before the end of 1663, the whole Scriptures f were printed in the Indian language. The commissioners of the united colonies beheld with joy the completion of this Only one of the Indians, Caleb Cheeschaumuk, appears to have obtained his degree at Harvard College. Another of them, however, at the conclusion of two Latin and Greek elegies, which he composed on the death of the Reverend Thomas Timeher, subscribes himself Eleazor Senior Sofhista.--Mather, b. iv. j. 137. 4. iii. p. 153. b Gookin's Hist. Coll. in...
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