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Missionary Abominations Unmasked, or a View of Carey Mission

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Missionary Abominations Unmasked:  Or, a View of Carey Mission.  Containing an Unmasking of the Missionary Abominations, Practiced Among the Indians of the St. Joseph Country, At the Celebrated Missionary Establishment, Known as Carey Mission, Under the Superintendance  of the Rev. Isaac M'Coy.  By Timothy S. Smith.  Michiana History Publications.  South Bend, Indiana.   1996 reprint of 1833 edition originally published in South Bend by the Beacon  Office.  16 pages.  Softcover.

In 1822 the Reverend Isaac McCoy moved his Indian mission from Fort Wayne, Indiana to the Michigan Territory near what is now Niles, Michigan.  He had hoped that he could keep the White Man's influence away from the local Potawatomi villages, but finally realized it was impossible. (The French had been living in the area since 1684 and the British came in 1763).  In 1826  he moved his mission to Kansas, taking a part of the local Potawatomi population with him.  Smith was a former New York Revolutionary War soldier, Postmaster in Ohio and Ottawa Indian trader who moved to the St. Joseph Country  (i.e. the South Bend, Indiana - Niles, Michigan area) around 1826.  He was a justice of the peace and later served as a lighthouse keeper  in Michigan.   Smith mentions several incidents involving McCoy and his assistant and their treatment of the Potawatomi  living at the mission.  All in all, the charges seem very trivial and certainly not a series of "abominations".  It is interesting to note that the charges were not made until seven years after McCoy left the area.  Whether or not the incidents are true is not known, but Smith was a well respected citizen.


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