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Biography of Red Jacket or Sa-Go-Ye-Wat-Ha

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Red Jacket Sa-go-you-rvat-ha, or Keeper awake 1756 - 1830
Red Jacket
Sa-go-ye-wat-ha, or Keeper awake
1756 – 1830

The “Life and Times of Red Jacket” by Colonel William L. Stone, has been before the public for many years. The industry and ability of the author have made it a work of great value, and his extensive researches have left but little room for anything new to be said, by one coming after him. Yet the fact need not be concealed that many, who were intimately acquainted with Red Jacket, were disappointed when they came to read the biography of Red Jacket. If it had been prepared under the direct influence and superintendence of Thayendanegea, or Brant, it could not have reflected more truly the animus of that distinguished character. Red Jacket in his day was the subject, at different times of much angry feeling, and jealousy. The author has not taken pains to embalm it, in these memorials of the great orator of the Senecas. Much that was the subject of criticism during his life, admits of a more charitable construction, and the grave should become the receptacle of all human resentments.

The author acknowledges his indebtedness to the labors of Col. Stone, and by an honorable arrangement, liberty was obtained for the use made of them, in the following pages. Acknowledgments are due also to others, whose names will appear in the course of this work.

Tracy, Cal., April 12th, 1885

Biography of Red Jacket


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