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In Their Own Words

July 20, 1736

Wesley Recorded Conversation with Indians

John Wesley recorded a conversation he had with several Indian chiefs visiting Savannah:

“Five of the Chicasaw [sic] Indians … came to see us, with Mr. Andrews, their Interpreter… . Our conference was as follows.
Q. Do you believe, There is One Above, who is over all Things?
A. We believe, there are Four Beloved Things above; The Clouds, the Sun, the Clear Sky, and He that lives in the Clear Sky.
Q. Do you believe, there is but One that lives in the Clear Sky?
A. We believe, there are Two with him, Three in all.
Q. Do you think, He made the Sun, and the other Beloved Things?
A. We cannot tell. Who hath seen?
Q. Do you think, He made You?
A. We think, He made all Men at first.
Q. How did he make them at first?
A. Out of the Ground.
Q. Do you believe, He loves You?
A. I don’t know. I cannot see him… .
Q. Do you often think and talk of the Beloved Ones?
A. We think of them always, wherever we are. We talk of them and to them, at home and abroad; in Peace, in War, before and after we fight; and indeed whenever and wherever we meet together.
Q. Where do you think your Souls go after Death?
A. We believe the Souls of Red Men walk up and down near the Place where they died, or where their bodies lie. For we have often heard Cries and Noises near the Place where any Prisoners had been burnt.
Q. Where do the Souls of White Men go after Death?
A. We can’t tell. We have not seen… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 207-208.