Eulogy on King Philip: as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston / by the Rev. William Apes. Main Author: Apess, William, Language(s): . In the early s, Native people in southern New England were entering their third century of struggle against invasion, disease, war and. Apess’s last published work, Eulogy on King Philip (), has been described as his “most powerful and sustained polemic.” Originally delivered as a series of .

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But was it so when the Indian women fell into the hands of the Pilgrims? His country extensive, his men numerous, so as the wilderness was enlivened kiing them, say, a thousand to one of the white men, and they also sick and feeble—where, then, shall we find one nation submitting so tamely to another, with such a host at their uelogy Furman discovered his ill-formed plans to run away. At times scholars have passionately disagreed about what kind of sovereignty Apess imagined for Native Americans.

But we hear no particular acts of cruelty committed by Philip during the siege. He was the descendant of one oj the most celebrated chiefs in the known world, for peace and universal benevolence toward all men; for injuries upon injuries, and the most daring robberies and barbarous deeds of death that were ever committed by the American Pilgrims, were with patience and resignation borne, in a manner that would do justice to any Christian nation or being in the world -especially when we realize that it was voluntary suffering on the part of the good old onn.

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How, then, could it be otherwise, but their safety rested in the hands of friendly Indians? Church had now placed his guard so that it was impossible for Philip to escape without being shot. King Philip Dying for His Country. But where is there a people, called civilized, that would do it? This course of proceedings caused the chief and his people to entertain strong jealousies of the whites.


Were not the females completely safe, and none of them were violated, as they acknowledge themselves? The two gentleman chiefs were Squanto and Samoset, that were so good to the Pilgrims.

I took it up in our defense, though not boisterous but coolly; and when we came to retire, finding that I was an Indian, he was unwilling to sleep opposite my room for fear of being murdered before morning. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Philip, inwas required to sign a quit claim of the same, which we understand he did in the presence of his counselors.

No white man was acquainted with the way, and it would have been almost impossible for them to have found it, much less to have captured it. As was the Methodist practice of the day, Apess became an itinerant preacher; he preached in meetings throughout New England to mixed congregations including Native American, European-American, and African-American audiences.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Furman’s mother died, he writes that “She had always been so kind to me that I missed her quite as much as her children, and I had been allowed to call her mother. If they were like my people, professing no purity at all, then their crimes would not appear to have such magnitude. The Mashpee wanted to protect their grounds. In the meantime, one Captain Moseley with some of his men had somehow or other gotten into the fort in another way and surprised them, by which the Pilgrims were enabled to capture the fort, at the same time setting fire to it and hewing down men, women, and children indiscriminately.

University of Massachusetts Press, p. And ye fathers, I will appeal to you that are white. No, it has not the least appearance like it. Oh, what cursed doctrine is this!

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After these social acts of the Indians toward those who were suffering, and those of their countrymen, who well knew the care their brethren had received by them -how were the Indians treated before that?

The Eulogy defied traditional white interpretations of King Philip’s War and the Wampanoag leader for whom it was named. The white savages then gave them one hour, as the historian said. This contract, signed by himself and chiefs, ends the sales of lands with Philip, for all which he received nine hundred and seventy four dollars, as far as we can learn by the records. But this has been the way our fathers first brought us up, and it is hard to depart from it; therefore, you shall have no protection from us.


Shall we cease to mention the mighty of the earth, the noble work of God? And according to the Indian custom, it was a righteous act to be avenged of the dead.

Click for larger view View full resolution. And scholars Jill Lepore —20 and Eric A. But, struggling with alcoholism and increasing resentment of white treatment of Natives, he gradually lost the respect in which he had been held; both white and Mashpee groups distanced themselves from him.

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He treats past events as unresolved, and insists that fate of Native American is a current issue demanding action rather than elegy. He expects fruit now. By this we see how true Philip spoke. The Mashpee Wampanoag had a close culture and wooded land at the elbow of Cape Cod. But when they were taken they were either kkng to turn traitors and join their enemies or be butchered upon the spot.

Have you any regard for your wives and children, for those delicate sons and daughters? Their attempt to regain civil rights was covered sympathetically by the Boston Advocate, but criticized by local journals on Cape Cod.

Every white that knows their own history knows there was not a whit of difference between them and the Indians of their days.