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Gatch believes that the Indians are one of the ten tribes of Israel. He has written an essay on facts and thoughts relative to the Indian situation. He says that the facts come from scripture, and the thoughts are original or culled from other sources. Gatch would like Finley's father to edit and publish the essay and wants several copies given to the Indians. He tells Finley -- " I expect that I am the oldest preacher that belongs to Methodist Connection in America. I was in the first class of preachers that was taken into full connection in America." Abstract Number - 840
Miscellaneous Mission Letters; Indian Tribes
Gatch, Philip, "Letter from Philip Gatch to James B. Finley" (1829). Finley Letters. 327.