Boston: Press of Jonathan Howe, 1835. 168pp. including frontis. Original cloth, paper spine label. Spine chipped, hinges loose, boards sunned and moderately worn. Ink signature on front free endpaper. Scattered foxing. Small pencil notes in text. Good. Item #WRCAM20818
A rare account of the Marshpee affair, in which Apes reveals the crude forms of exploitation of the Marshpee tribe at the hands of the Massachusetts government and the white population in general. Apes, an educated Christian preacher of the Pequot tribe, was born in Colereign, Massachusetts in 1798 and was descended from King Philip of the Pequot tribe. He spent his childhood in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and later served as a missionary among the Indians of Maine and Rhode Island. In 1829, Apes published A SON OF THE FOREST, which is considered the first autobiography truly written by a Native American, as earlier works have been attributed to ghost writers. Although Sabin attributes the present work to William J. Snelling, the DAB claims Snelling merely put the finishing touches on the book. "If all statements of the author, who claims to be a lineal descendant of the tribe, which suffered such murderous slaughter at the hands of Captains Church and Underhill, are true, there is a long score of wrongs to be settled with the State of Massachusetts" - Field. SABIN 1736. FIELD 41. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 30095. HUBBARD SALE 73. DAB I, p.323.