This chapter describes Reverend Levi Parsons's tour, which he undertook to raise money for his upcoming mission to the Jews in the Holy Land. Like many contemporary Christians, Parsons believed conversion of the Jews would hasten Christ's Second Coming. His stop in New Stockbridge, New York, proved especially weighty, for in his audience sat several dozen listeners who appeared to him as sons of Abraham—members of the Mahican Nation. Parsons preached with fervor from Romans 10:1. The topic would not have been altogether new to the Stockbridge Indians, for their regular minister, John Sergeant, had found occasion in the past to preach on the subject of the millennium and the special role of the Jews in the latter days. Parsons passed the hat after the sermon, collecting $5.87 to support his mission to the Jews. Hendrick Aupaumut, chief sachem of the Muhheakunnuk (Mahican) Nation, presented Parsons with two gold ornaments, several baskets, and a lantern with an inscription that read, “This to illumine the streets of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is my chief joy.”
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