Apostle To The Indians

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John Eliot waited for the end with desire. For him the Great Perhaps was a certainty. When he was very old he liked to say that John Cotton and Richard Mather and the friends of his youth would suspect him of having gone the wrong way because he remained so long behind them. At the last, when he was dying, he dismissed the young clergymen who had come to pray superfluously over him. “Welcome Joy!” were his last words.

Francis Russell became interested in John Eliot while a student at Roxbury Latin School, America’s oldest private school, which Eliot founded in 1645. Now a resident of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, Mr. Russell contributed “Lost Elegance” to the June, 1957, issue of AMERICAN HERITAGE .