Indian Nullification of the Unconstitutional Laws of Massachusetts Relative to the Marshpee Tribe

or, The Pretended Riot Explained

Author: William Apes
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,472 / 158 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.8
LoC Category: J
Downloads: 300
Added to site: 2004.07.03
mnybks.net#: 8642
Genre: Politics
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nsider any white man who sold them rum their enemy, and to place no confidence in him. I told them that such a person deserved to have his own rum thrown into his face. I endeavored to show them how much more useful they might be to themselves and the world if they would but try to educate themselves, and of the respect they would gain by it. Then, addressing the throne of grace, I besought the Lord to have mercy on them and relieve them from the oppressions under which they laboured. Here Mr. Fish cautioned me not to say any thing about oppression, that being, he said, the very thing that made them discontented. They thought themselves oppressed, he observed, but such was not the case. They had already quite liberty enough. I suggested to him the propriety of granting them the privileges enjoyed by the whites about them; but he said that that would never do, as they would immediately part with all their lands. I told him that, if their improvement was his aim, he ought to go among them and inquire into their

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