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By William Apess

This publication 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 notable educational publication. This re-creation of Apess's vintage texts is designed for school room use .

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A second edition of A Son of the Forest was issued in 1831, considerably revised and somewhat rearranged. It is from this edition that the following text has been printed. Because there are, in effect, three different autobiographical accounts from Apess, close comparison of the three can tell us something of importance about his compositional practice and changes in his thinking. Although the 1829 edition of A Son of the Forest is not included in this collection, "The Experience of the Missionary" and the 1831 edition of A Son of the Forest can be directly and fully compared, and the Textual Note documents the most substantial alterations from the 1829 to the 1831 editions.

The next day he got some medicine from a Doctor Viers, took it, and went to bed as his usual time. The following morning, most probably because of 9. The best account of most of these events remains Apess's own Indian Nullification of the Unconstitutional Laws of Massachusetts (1835). Page xxii an adverse reaction to the medicine, he was too weak to get up and dress. That Sunday night a Doctor Atkinson, a "botanic physician" came to see Apess who told him he had a pain in his side and that he had been purging and vomiting for two days.

In time I heard from Erwin Apes in New Zealand, the great-grandson of William Apess. His grandfather, William Apess's son, was named William Elisha, at times using William as his first name and at others, Elisha. William Elisha was an American Indian seaman, known in New Zealand, and one imagines in New England as well, for his prodigious strength. On what was probably (footnote continued on next page) Page xx in Mashpee, according to local memory, but for the rest, if there were others, and for their names, no record has yet been found.

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