Shakespeare from the natives

An interesting incident in connection with the Bradstreet expedition was a journey undertaken by Captain Morris…Under instructions from his superior he “set out in good spirits from Cedar Point (mouth of the Maumee), Lake Erie on the 26th of August, 1764…and at the same time the army proceeded for Detroit”. He was accompanied by two Canadians and a dozen Indians…The party proceeded up the Maumee to the headquarters of Pontiac, whose “army consisting of 600 savages with tomahawks in their hands”, surrounded him….At Fort Wayne another rabble of Indians met the embassy in a threatening manner, but Morris remained in a canoe reading “The Tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra” in a volume of Shakespeare which had been presented to him by an Indian Chief. This was undoubtedly one of the strangest circumstances under which the works of Shakespeare were ever perused.

Winter, N.O. 1917. A History of Northwest Ohio, vol. 1


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