“Moses Paul”


"My kindred Indians, pray attend and hear... This day I warn you of that cursed sin That poor despised Indians wallow in." The preacher warns Indians against drink, which led Moses Paul to murder; he bids them turn to Christ


Supposed to be based on the words of one Reverend Samson Occom, himself an Indian, who gave the funeral sermon for Moses Paul. Occom correctly noted the poverty in which the Indians lived, and noted the effects of drink -- but rather ruined the effect, I would say, by blaming these faults on Sin. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1772 - Execution of Moses Paul, an Indian, for the murder of Moses Cook.


  1. Burt, pp. 152-153, "(Moses Paul)" (1 excerpted text)
  2. BI, Burt152


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Found in: US