Cincinnati: Published by L. Swormstedt & A. Poe, 1860. 314pp. Publisher's black blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Moderate rubbing and shelfwear, corners bumped, rear joint partially exposed but still strong, spine ends lightly chipped. Bookseller's stamp on front free endpaper. Titlepage and a few other pages slightly soiled. Very good. Item #WRCAM55223
A detailed account of life among the Choctaw people by Methodist minister Henry C. Benson (1815-97). Benson was sent as a missionary to the Choctaw in 1843, but due to the Methodist Church's split over slavery, he returned to the north in 1845. In the preface, he writes that in 1858, he found himself snowed in at home in Placerville, California, and turned to his "notes and sketches which had been written in the south-west...and he lived over the years of his early ministry in the Indian country," producing this book. He explains that he hopes to awaken new zeal for Indian missions, but more importantly to educate readers about the tribes he encountered: "The Indian tribes of the south-west are the largest and most hopeful on the continent; and yet not a single volume has been written, setting forth their history, their state of advancement in religion and the arts of civilized life, or of their future prospects." "This is evidently a veritable relation of personal experience during three years' service as teacher and missionary among the Choctaws; and is the work of a man of sense, who does not fill his pages with the emotional religious exercises of his converts, but narrates the every-day story of incidents and character, grave or ludicrous, which presented themselves" - Field. HOWES B360a, "aa." FIELD 113. GRAFF 265. GILCREASE, p.116. RADER 342. SABIN 4750.