[Park Hill: Mission Press, 1853]. 24pp. 12mo. Dbd. Light dampstaining, else very good. Item #WRCAM27115B
Third edition, after the first edition of 1844 and the second of 1849. A scarce Park Hill Mission imprint, entirely in Cherokee except for part of the title, which is in English, this work uses Sequoyah's syllabary (generally called the "Cherokee alphabet"). The translators were Samuel Austin Worcester and Stephen Foreman. As a young man living with his parents in New England, Worcester had met and become friends with Buck Oowatie, a Cherokee whose name among Anglos was Elias Boudinot. Worcester studied for the ministry and after he had been ordained, he requested a post among the Cherokee. Once there, he set to introducing printing, newspapers, and expanded literacy using Sequoyah's syllabary. Foreman was born in Georgia of a Cherokee mother and a white father. He was educated at Union Seminary, Princeton Seminary, and Marysville College (Tn.) and was ordained in 1835. He made the trek from his homeland to the West with the Cherokee, and spent his life at and near the Park Hill mission. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA 158. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.163. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1214. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 15. GILCREASE, p.49.