David Zeisberger: A Life among the Indians

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Letter to Nathaniel Seidel at Bethlehem from Brother Schebosh

SHORTLY AFTER Schebosh and his party were taken to Pittsburgh he wrote this letter to Nathaniel Seidel. It was the first information Bethlehem had received regarding the removal of the Christian congregation from the Muskingum Valley. The sequence of the various incidences connected with the removal are slightly different from Zeisberger's account. The spelling has not been changed from the original.

November 4, 1781

My Dear Brother:

I greet & kiss you & all the Brethren, in Bethlehem, in Litiz. I am glad that I have this opportunity to give you a little account of things of our three Indian congregations. The 4th of August there came a string of Wampum to us from the Half King that he was acoming to us with a great number of Warriors, but don't be affraid, I am your friend & come along. The 6th there came 150 Warriors & made their camp just at the end of the town of Gnadenhutten, the next day was followed by 50 more and so they was comming in by small companies, till the 10th was 220 and more in numbers.

Then they would have all the old men from the three Towns together to a council, where they told us that they would have us to move away with them, for

Box 151, folder 6, item 3, Moravian Church Archives.


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