Date of this Version
Documentary Editing, Volume 21, Number 4, December 1999.
ISSN 2476-1796 (electronic); ISSN 2167-1451 (print)
An important primary source for Cherokeer culture, the Brainerd Journal: A Mission to the Cherokees, 1817-1823, is composed of notes written almost daily by two New England missionaries, Cyrus Kingsbury and Ard Hoyt. Their contribution to Cherokee history is valuable because, other than government accounts that parallel this same era, little literature survives about these crucial years preceding forced removal in 1838-39.