Historical Sketch of Tomo-Chi-Chi, Mico of the Yamacraws

 
9781151694263: Historical Sketch of Tomo-Chi-Chi, Mico of the Yamacraws

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ..." I am glad to see this day, and to have the opportunity of seeing the mother of this great people. As our people are joined with your Majesty's, we do humbly hope to find you the common mother and protectress of us and all our children." And her Majesty returned a most gracious answer. The war-captain and other attendants of Tomo-cha-chi were very importunate to appear at court in the manner they go in their own country,--which is only with a proper covering round their waist, the rest of their body being naked,--but were dissuaded from it by Mr. Oglethorpe. But their faces were variously painted after their country manner, some half black, others triangular, and others with bearded arrows instead of whiskers. Tomo-cha-chi and Senauki his wife, were dressed in scarlet trimmed with gold. Three days after, the chief, who had been prevented by illness from accompanying his companions when they were presented to the king, died of small-pox. Every medical aid and kind attention had been invoked in his behalf, but neither the skill of the physician nor the efforts of nurses could arrest the progress of the loathsome disease. His death weighed heavily upon the spirits of the other Indians who were very averse to interring him in a strange land. His immediate sepulture, however, was a matter of absolute necessity; and here, so far as our information extends, occurs the first burial of an American chief on British soil. A grave was prepared in St. John's cemetery, Westminster. Tomo-chi-chi, three of the chiefs, the upper church-warden and the grave-digger were the only persons present on the lonely and melancholy occasion,--the fear of infection, in all probability, deterring many who otherwise would doubtless have been in attendance to witness...

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