By Althea Bass
“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 lower than the auspices of the yank Board of international Missions (Congregational). considered one of Worcester’s earliest accomplishments used to be to set Sequoyah’s alphabet in sort in order that he and Elias Boudinot may print the bilingual Cherokee Phoenix. After removing 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, health professional, 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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Extra info for Cherokee Messenger (Civilization of the American Indian Series)
Young people came to desire education with a very earnest desire, for the salvation of the world was at hand, and the way of salvation and that of education seemed, however unexplainably, to lie in the same general direction. 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.
That was a development in foreign missions that had scarcely been anticipated. At any rate, Elias Boudinot was one of the leaders of his people for many years, and was Worcester's principal help in the meticulous work of translation. Perhaps the most brilliant of all the young Cherokees was David Brown. He and his sister Catherine, the children of half-breeds of unusual advancement in white ways of living, had come to the school at Brainerd several years earlier and had been students of great aptitude.
He has only to learn the names of eighty-five characters; for reading is only naming them, one after another as they stand on the paper to be read; just as, by naming the letters F I K C, the word efficacy is pronounced. To learn these characters, two or three days were usually found sufficient. "When Guess first announced his discovery, his countrymen were incredulous; but repeated and careful experiments soon convinced them of its reliability. Many came to him to be instructed; one who had learned, taught another; the art spread rapidly through the nation, and in the course of a very few years, a majority of adult Cherokees had learned to read their own language; and, though elegant penmen are scarce everywhere, yet every one who can read can, by taking pains enough, write so that others can read his writing.