Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, by WILLIAM APESS in the Clerk's Office of the District Court
I DO not arise to spread before you the fame of a noted warrior, whose natural abilities shone
like those of the great and mighty PHILIP of Greece, or of
ALEXANDER the Great, or like those of WASHINGTON, -- whose virtues and patriotism are
engraven on the hearts of my audience. Neither do I
approve of war as being the best method of bowing the haughty tyrant, MAN, and civilizing the world. No, far from me be such a thought. But it is to bring
before you beings, made by the GOD of
Nature, and in whose hearts he has planted sympathies that will live forever in the memory of the world, whose
brilliant talents shone in the display of natural things, so that the most cultivated, whose powers shone with equal lustre, were not able to prepare mantles
to cover the burning elements of an uncivilized world. What, then, shall we cease to mention the mighty of the earth, the noble work of GOD?
Yet those purer virtues remain untold. Those noble traits that marked the wild man's course, lie buried in the shades of night ; and who shall stand ? I
appeal to the lovers of liberty. But those descendants who now remain as
the monument of cruelty of those who came to
improve our race, and
and as the immortal WASHINGTON lives endeared and engraven on the hearts of every white in America, never to be forgotten in time, --even such is
the immortal PHILIP honored, and held in memory by the degraded who appreciate his character ; so will every patriot, especially in this enlightened age,
respect the rude yet all-accomplished son of the forest, that died a martyr to his cause, though unsuccessful, yet as glorious as the American Revolution.
Where, then, shall we place the hero of the wilderness ? I leave it for the world to judge.
Justice and humanity for the remaining few, prompt me to vindicate the character of him who yet lives in their hearts, and, if possible, show to our white
brothers the high veneration we hold for our great chiefs and warriors, who are in the possession of his soil, and only by the right of conquest -- is the aim
of him who proudly tells you, the blood of a denominated savage runs in his veins. It is, however, true, that there are many who are said to be honorable
warriors, who, in the wisdom of their civilized legislation, think it no crime to reek their vengeance upon whole nations and communities, until the fields