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Henry Tufts on life with the Abenaki

Created October 1997

The two chapters presented here are from the 1930 publication: "The Autobiography of a Criminal - Henry Tufts". The original book was published in 1807 as "A Narrative of the Life, Adventures, Travels, and Sufferings of Henry Tufts, now residing at Lemington, in the District of Maine, in substance, as compiled from his own mouth."

Henry is a very colorful character with a questionable moral code. He spent 3 years (1772-1775) living with the Abenaki People near present day Bethel, ME. Despite the fact Henry is well known as a cheat and liar, modern scholars believe his description of people and daily life is reliable.

A personal thanks to Randy Bennett at the Bethel Historical Society for providing us with a photocopy of these two chapters cover the period Henry was living with the Abenaki.

The previous chapter of the book describes how Henry received a severe knife wound in his thigh that went clean to the bone. The wound was not healing properly. Capt. Josiah Miles recommended that Henry visit the Indians at Sudbury Canada (Bethel ME), who Miles affirmed "would cure me, if the thing were morally possible".

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