Eulogy on King Philip: as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston / by the Rev. William Apes. Main Author: Apess, William, Language(s): . In the early s, Native people in southern New England were entering their third century of struggle against invasion, disease, war and. Apess’s last published work, Eulogy on King Philip (), has been described as his “most powerful and sustained polemic.” Originally delivered as a series of .

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And yet for their kindness and resignation toward the whites, they were called savages and made by God on purpose for them to destroy. Are there ways in which his account resembles theirs as well? These things I mention to show that the doctrines of the Pilgrims has grown up with the people. Was it the friend of the Indian? But when a people calling themselves Christians conduct in this manner, we think they are censurable, and no pity at all ought to be had for them. And as to his benevolence, phiip was very great; no one in history can accuse Philip of being cruel to his conquered foes; that he used them with more hospitality than they, the Pilgrims, did cannot be denied; and that he had knowledge and forethought cannot be denied.

How does Apess use historical sources? Brothers, these people from the unknown world will cut down our groves, spoil our hunting and planting grounds, and drive us and our children from the graves of our fathers, and our council fires, and enslave our women and children.

And now town after town fell before them. Washington, too, pursued many of his plans in attacking the enemy and thereby enabled him to defeat his antagonists and conquer them.

William Apess

And surely none but such as believe they did right will ever go and undertake to celebrate that day of their landing, the 22nd of December. After these social acts of kibg Indians toward those who were suffering, and those of their countrymen, who well knew the care their brethren had received by them -how were the Indians treated before that? As you read, you might consider the following issues:. In a number of Indians went on board of a ship, by order of their chief, and the whites set upon them and murdered them without mercy; says Mr.

We suppose it might well mean themselves, their conduct being more like savages than Christians. He describes the joy he gained from sermons, ming the depression he suffered when Mr. We wonder if the Pilgrims were as ready to pay the Indians for the trouble they put them to. Apess alienated many of his supporters before dying in New York City at age 41, but he has been described as “perhaps the most successful activist on behalf of Native American rights in the antebellum United States.

I trust not; and if another nation should come to these regions and begin to rob and plunder all that came in their way, would not the orators of the day be called to address the people and arouse them to war for such insults?

“Eulogy on King Philip as Pronounced at the Odeon”

It was only, then, by deception that the Pilgrims gained the country, as their word has never been fulfilled in regard to Indian rights. Gentlemen and ladies, I blush at these tales, if you do not, especially when they professed to be a free and humane people.

Treachery, however, hastened his ruin; one of his men, by hope of reward from the deceptive Pilgrims, betrayed his country into their hands. This was a sorry time to them; the Pilgrims, however, reinforced but ordered a retreat, supposing it impossible for Philip to escape; and knowing his forces to be great, it was conjectured by some to build eulogyy fort to starve him out, as he had lost but few men in the fight.

For example, why is it that epidemics have raged so much among the more civilized? It was not the good will of those holy Pilgrims that prevented. It is not supposed that Philip directed this attack but was opposed to it. Though it is not doubted that he meant to be revenged upon his enemies; for during some time he had been cementing his countrymen together, as it appears that he had kkng to all the disaffected tribes, who also had watched the movements of the corners from the New World and were as dissatisfied as Philip himself was with their proceedings.

But was it so when the Indian women fell into the hands of the Pilgrims? What effects do his extensive quotations from and references to historical accounts have on his narrative?

Apess Reading Notes

When he came into office it appears that he knew there was great responsibility resting upon himself and country, that it was likely to be ruined by those rude intruders around him, though he appears friendly and is willing to sell them lands for almost nothing, as we shall learn from dates of the Plymouth colony, which commence June 23, In their sickness, too, the Indians were as tender to them as to their own children; and for all this, they were denounced as savages by those who had received all the acts of kindness they possibly could show them.

But to say the least, there is no excuse for their ignorance how to treat their enemies and pray for them. We might suppose that meek Christians had better gods and weapons than cannon; weapons that were not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds. Only look at the sum demanded, and it is enough to satisfy the critical observer.

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Some of the Indians were suspicious that he was poisoned to death. Prior to this insult, it appears that Philip had met with great difficulty with the Pilgrims, that they appeared to be suspicious of him in ; and the Pilgrims sent for him, but he did not appear to move as though he cared much for their messenger, which caused them to be still more suspicious. Who could have supposed that the meek and lowly followers of virtue would have taken such methods to rob honest men of the woods?

How does his account differ from theirs?

After his marriage, Apess felt his vocation was to preach.