Samuel Kirkland has an amazing life: — His Birth and Education. — A Teacher in Dr. Wheellock’s School. — Goes a Missionary to the Indians of New York State. — His Labors and Perils. — His Mission broken up by the Revolution. —Employed by Congress to Keep the Indians from joining the British. — Prevented by Brandt. — Chaplain in Sullivan’s Brigade. — Accompanies it to Genesee Flats. — Services rewarded by Congress. — Settles among the Oneidas after the War. — Founds Hamilton College. — Is thrown from his Horse. — His Death.
We are now halfway through the book with this chapter about Samuel Kirkland . This amazing missionary Pastor is most well known for his great work among the Indian tribes in New York. He wandered the wilderness of New York armed only with his Bible. He learned every aspect of customs, language and locations of the various Indian Tribes.
Samuel Kirkland maintained his missionary work until the drums of the Revolution “broke up his mission”. He was commissioned by the Continental Congress to work with the various Indian Nations to side with the Patriots and Not Great Britain. His efforts were dashed with the “Six Nations”.
This chapter about Samuel Kirkland has a descriptive emotional adventurism that exemplifies the pain in Patriotism and the rewards of Liberty.
The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution is the Historical Fact that Christianity (see the link at the end) is the root of our American Heritage and a key factor in the inspiration of the Revolution. God governance is God’s governance and the Citizenry understood this. Those that were Chaplains and Clergy were not just religious mouth pieces. NO, They were warrior Patriots that spoke first the Word of God and then the musket or sword.
I am reading this book as if to my Grandchildren. My great hope is that parents and Grandparents would do the same. I hope and pray more that Pastors would be in these tumultuous times as the same that these Founding Clergy and Chaplains were.
Let us all learn and act according to the Blessing and examples they set for US in our Foundation.
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