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Diary of David Zeisberger, A Moravian Missionary Among the Indians of Ohio.
2 volumes. (8vo) original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt, 464, 535 pp. Light wear, bookplates on pastedowns, normal aging; otherwise very good. Translated from the original German manuscript by Eugene F. Bliss. The author David Zeisberger (1721-1808) was born in Moravia and immigrated to British North America in the late 1730s. He joined the Church of the Unity of the Brethren, known as the Moravian Church. He settled near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and became a missionary to various Native American groups in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. As a missionary, Zeisberger emphasized how Christianity could be beneficial to the natives. However, his work often led to the end of the traditional ways of life of the American Indian converts. He had considerable success with the Indians in Eastern Ohio, but many Native Americans found the necessary changes to their lifestyle unacceptable. Zeisberger was someone who enjoyed the outdoors and sports, but more importantly he developed a good command of Native American languages. These two volumes chronicle Zeisberger's life and travels among the Indians. The diary covers the period between 1781-1798, and he discusses many tribes, including the Delawares, Iroquois, Shawanese, Chippewas, and Potawatomies. He describes travels to the Western United States (what was western at the time) a journey to Detroit, and another journey to the Huron River. Howes Z5. Ohio history central website.
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