Boston: Printed by Richard and Samuel Draper, 1763. 55pp. Antique-style half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Modestly ex- library, with faint blindstamp of Dartmouth College Library in upper portion of titlepage, and inked four-digit number on verso. Small closed tear to inner margin of titlepage (no text affected). Mild foxing to first two and last two leaves, faint tidelines to pp.41-6, a few stains to margins (no text affected). Very good, with wide margins. Item #WRCAM55091
The first installment in Eleazar Wheelock's series of publications giving the history of the first Indian school in America. This volume covers 1754-62 and was followed by eight more such reports, taking the story up to 1775. Wheelock (1711-79) was a Congregational minister from Connecticut. Here, he discusses the origins of the school and defends the missionary endeavor. "The long-term thrust of his career as an educator was shaped by the unexpected arrival at his home in 1743 of a Christianized Mohegan Indian named Samson Occom. Occom asked to be instructed in the classics and proved such an apt pupil that Wheelock, always an aggressive opportunist, developed a plan to educate and Christianize large numbers of Indians. Young male Native Americans would be trained simultaneously to become schoolteachers, missionaries, and farmers and young female Native Americans to become their future wives. When sufficiently prepared these Christian Indian teams would return to their tribes to spread the word of God. Wheelock's enthusiasm for the idea soon produced results. Colonel Joshua More (or Moor) from neighboring Mansfield contributed land and buildings" - ANB. The school founded by Wheelock opened in 1754 under the name of Moor's Charity School. In 1772 it was removed to Hanover, "where it formed the germ of the institution, known as Dartmouth College" (Field). EVANS 9537. ESTC W28881. FIELD 1638. HOWES W334, "aa." SABIN 103205. STREETER SALE 4062. REESE & OSBORN, STRUGGLE FOR NORTH AMERICA 59. ANB 23, pp.148-49.