MR. BRAINERD’S JOURNAL:
CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS
METHOD OF LEARNING THE INDIAN LANGUAGE, AND OF INSTRUCTING THE INDIANS;
WITH THE DIFFICULTIES WHICH LIE IN THE WAY OF THEIR CONVERSION.
I should have concluded what I had at present to offer, upon the affairs respecting my mission, with the preceding account of the money collected and expended for the religious interests of the Indians, but that I have not long since received from the reverend president of the correspondents, the copy of a letter
directed to him from the Honourable Society for propagating Christian Knowledge, dated at Edinburgh, March 21, 1745. Wherein
I find it is expressly enjoined upon their missionaries, “That they and seasonably, which I am sensible they have not in general done, by reason of their falling into the hands of the enemy, although I have
been at the pains of sending two copies of every Journal, for more than two years past, lest one might miscarry in the passage.
But with relation to the latter of these particulars, I have purposely omitted saying any thing considerable, and
that for these two reasons. First, because I could not oftentimes give any tolerable account of the difficulties I met with in my work, without speaking somewhat particularly of the causes of them, and the circumstances conducing to them, which would necessarily have rendered my Journals very tedious. Besides, some of the causes of my difficulties
I thought more fit to be concealed than divulged. And, secondly, because I thought a frequent
mentioning of the difficulties attending my work, might appear as an unbecoming complaint under my burden; or as if I would
rather be thought to be endowed with a singular measure of self-denial, constancy, and holy resolution, to meet and confront
so many difficulties, and yet to hold on and go forward amidst them all. But since the Honourable Society are pleased to require
a more exact and particular account of these things, I shall cheerfully endeavour something for their
satisfaction in relation to each of these particulars: although in regard of the latter I am ready to say, Infandum jubes renovare dolorem.