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Relating to the Housatonic Indians (Classic Reprint)



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Historical Memoirs by Samuel Hopkins
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Excerpt from Historical Memoirs: Relating to the Housatonic Indians We have much pleasure in offering to our subscribers this, the first reprint of one of the rarest items of Americana. Sabin enumerates only five copies as known to exist; and since then one of these has been destroyed by fire. The Brinley copy sold for $39, the Balcom for $78, and the Hollingsworth (1910) for $155. It is so scarce that Rich had never seen it, and refers for it to Allen's American Biographical Dictionary. "One of the rarest of works relating to New England, as it is one of the most intrinsically valuable. It is unmentioned in Field's or Pilling's Indian Bibliographies." (Sabin.) The author seems to have written but this one book; and while it lacks the interest possessed by some others of our series, because dealing with subjects or epochs nearer our own time, its inherent value, as a record of the self-denying, arduous and wonderfully successful labors of a consecrated man among the Indians of western Massachusetts, is great. During the Revolutionary War these Indians remained faithful to their Christian professions, and a number of them enlisted in the patriot army. Their then chief, Nimham (possibly the Captain Konkapot of the narrative), and a number of his men were killed in a skirmish with British cavalry near Kingsbridge, N. Y., as narrated in the Magazine of American History for June 1892. (Vol. 27, p. 404.) We regret that of Mr. Hopkins himself we can give but little information. Dr. Sprague, in his Annals of the American Pulpit, says he was born in Waterbury, Conn., in 1693, was graduated at Yale College in 1720, and became pastor of the church in West Springfield the same year, and died there in 1755. Mr. Sergeant's wife was Abigail Williams, daughter of Colonel Ephraim Williams of Stockbridge, and half-sister of Colonel Ephraim Williams, the founder of Williams College. After Mr. Sergeant's death she married (1752) General Joseph Dwight, by whom she had a son and daughter. The latter married Theodore Sedgwick, Judge of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Mrs. Sergeant died February 15, 1791. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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September 27th, 2015
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