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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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A Missionary among Native Americans

A Missionary among Native Americans

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Early Evangelicalism

David Brainerd

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This chapter presents excerpts from David Brainerd's journal, written between June 19 and August 8, 1745. Brainerd matriculated at Yale in 1739, shortly after he had a conversion experience and around the time that George Whitefield commenced his American tour that launched the Great Awakening. Brainerd never earned the degree from Yale because he was expelled from the university for saying that Yale's tutor Chauncey Whittelsey had “no more grace” than a chair. After his expulsion, Brainerd found work as a missionary-pastor to Native Americans. He did not make much headway among the Native Americans of the Susquehanna River valley, but he was welcomed with open arms by the Delaware Indians of Crossweeksung, New Jersey. In the opening entry of his published journal, Brainerd recounted the story of his contact with the Indians of Crossweeksung.

Keywords:   journal, David Brainerd, George Whitefield, Great Awakening, Native Americans, Susquehanna River valley, Delaware Indians, Crossweeksung

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