Dear Sir,

     Re. Wolter Smit’s letter of October/November: Before writing my New Focus essay on McCoy, I had researched Isaac McCoy’s correspondence with Wilson Thompson and the Miami County Association, recording my findings in another work. Thompson respected McCoy highly and assisted him to baptise Corbly Martin, the first teacher in McCoy’s Indian School. Martin asked the Miami Association to accept the Fort Wayne Church into membership and help support the Indian mission. The Association asked Thompson to serve as clerk and forward their decision. They reported that:

     “The united voice of every member that spoke on the subject, was in approbation of your conduct, object, candure and mission establishments and many expressed there grate wishes to assist you, bouth with there substance and influince . . . . . . . We often cast an eye to fort Wain and sympothise with you and our sister that we believe are suffering many privations, and many falce and reproachfull incinuations of the wicked, and others that would fain make the wourld believe that riches and luxury are your object, these things have no baring on our minds, for we think we know better than to hear such insinuations, without contridicting the slanderer. We believe also that we are as desirous for Indian reforme &c. as any other part of the world and we think that there is not one Minister in our Association but what would use all the influince he has for the benifit of youre establishment.”

     Though sharing McCoy’s evangelistic aims, the Association rejected his Church’s application because of its Baptist Board connections. They argued that the Board had not support McCoy’s work as promised and showed a despotic and corrupt mismanagement of funds, thus perverting the gospel.

     Martin thought that Daniel Parker had influenced the Association negatively but McCoy agreed with them concerning the Philadelphian despots. Nevertheless, he strove to reform the Board and put them back on an honest gospel footing. Sadly, he was not successful and the Board eventually dismissed him from their connection. Full documentation is found in the Kansas State Historical Society Archives and those of the American Baptist International Ministries.

George M. Ella, Mülheim