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Author Name:    MURRAY, Peter

Title:   Devil and Mr. Duncan. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Sono Nis Press, Victoria, B.C., 1985, ISBN:091920368X 

Seller ID:   104734

MURRAY, Peter. The Devil and Mr. Duncan. Victoria, B.C.: Sono Nis Press, 1985. First Edition. Pp (8),9-341,(3),+ 16 pp plates. Index. Endpaper Maps. 8vo, maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Although he has been much written about by journalists, historians and anthropologists, this is the first lull-length study of the career of the controversial missionary William Duncan. An unordained Anglican minister, he was sent to British Columbia by the Church Missionary Society ot England in 1857 to work among the Tsimshian Indians at Fort Simpson. After five ears, during whicn time he learned the Tsimshian language with amazing facility, Duncan left with a handtul of followers to establish Metlakatala, a sanctuary where they could live and workaway from the corrupting influences of the new white society. Within a few months, hundreds more joined the community, looking to Duncan for help fro m a devastating smallpox epidemic. With Duncan in firm command, but workingskilfully through the native leaders, Metlakatla prospered and became a wo rld-famous showplace. But things never went smoothly for the combative Duncan. He became embroiled in bitter disputes with Governor James Douglas, Bishop George Hills and Prime Minister John A. Macdonald among others. He was an outspoken advocate of Indian rights, particularly land ownership, when that was not a popular cause among the land-seeking white population. After losing some land battles in the courtroom of Judge Begbie, Duncan and the Metlakatlans decided to start all over again in a new country. With the permission of the United States government, more than 800 of them travelled 70 miles north to Annette island, near the present city of Ketchikan, and established in 1887 what was first known as New Metlakatla and then simply as Metlakatla. They built new roads, houses, a church and cannery. For a time all went well. But once again Duncan became embroiled in disputes wlth the government and, for the first time, with some of his own people. As might beexpected, Duncan did not grow old gracefully. He became a cantankerous, em bittered old man at odds with many of his old supporters. At the end, however, fearing the heavy hand of government bureaucrats, the Tsimshians rallied behind their beleagured benefactor. For the first time, this book examines the full record of Duncan's 30 years in Alaska and the bizarre roles played in his affairs by two contemporary biographers, Henry Wellcome and John Arctander." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction. 1. Lonely Voyage. 2. Victoria Interlude. 3. Fort Simpson. 4. Winning Converts. 5. Search for a Sanctuary. 6. A Hard Beginning. 7. Independence. 8. Tightening the Reins. 9. Brother Workers. 10. A Growing Feud. 11. Peacemaker from Athabasca. 12. Bishop Ridley Arrives. 13. Scandalous Charges. 14. A Bitter Struggle. 15. The Final Break. 16. Move to Alaska. 17. Starting Over. 18. Money Troubles. 19. A Young Rebel. 20. The Mailbag. 21. Juggling the Books. 22. Wheeler Dealer.23. A New Teacher. 24. Loss of a Friend. 25. Courtroom Battles. 26. Henry to the Rescue. 27. Grief for a Leader. 28. "The Case". Epilogue. Very good in lightly edgeworn dustjacket. 70.00


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