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By William Apess

This e-book brings jointly the best-known works of the 19th-century Indian author William Apess, together with the 1st prolonged autobiography by way of a local American. The textual content is drawn from ON OUR personal flooring, which was once named a call awesome educational booklet. This re-creation of Apess's vintage texts is designed for school room use .

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In the spring of 1817, apparently recovered from his latest bouts of drinking and with enough money to buy himself "good clothes," he at last reached the Colchester area and was reunited with his relatives, though not yet with his immediate family. He had been gone so long without word that they thought him dead. For the next year and a half he stayed in the area, working as a hired hand on one or another farm. His spiritual commitments were renewed after a lapse of almost five years. He resumed regular attendance at Methodist meetings and must have again experienced a significant spiritual quickening so that he could accept baptism by immersion at Bozrah, Connecticut, in December 1818.

But my uncle who lived in the other part of the house, being alarmed for my safety, came down to take me away, when my grandfather made toward him with a firebrand, but very fortunately he succeeded in rescuing me and thus saved my life, for had he not come at the time he did, I would most certainly have been killed. My grandparents who acted in this unfeeling and cruel manner were by my mother's sidethose by my father's side were Christians, lived and died happy in the love of God; and if I continue faithful in improving that measure of grace with which God hath blessed me, I expect to meet them in a world of unmingled and ceaseless joys.

He resumed regular attendance at Methodist meetings and must have again experienced a significant spiritual quickening so that he could accept baptism by immersion at Bozrah, Connecticut, in December 1818. This journey, his reunion with family, and his conversion at journey's end reveal something of Apess's artfully deliberate shaping of his autobiographical narrative. Only occasional visits to his father are ever mentioned in his account of his eleven years as an indentured servant. He was four years old at the time of his beating and nineteen when he returned from Canada.

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