Peter Jones (missionary)
The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.Wyndham Lewis
- When I looked at the conduct of the whites who were called Christians, and saw them drunk, quarreling, and fighting, cheating the poor Indians, and acting as if there was no God, I was led to think there could be no truth in the white man's religion, and felt inclined to fall back again to my old superstitions.
- In Life and Journals of Kah-ke-wa-quo-nā-by: (Rev. Peter Jones,) Wesleyan Missionary, quoted in: Rev. Ken Herfst Peter Jones - Sacred Feathers - and the Mississauga Indians Free Reformed Churches of North America Messenger, May 2004.
About Peter Jones
- I first said "No; that is the white man's God, and the white man's religion; and that God would not have anything to do with the Indians." ...I thought that God could only understand English... I then met with Peter Jones, who was converted a few months before me, and, to my surprise, I hear him return thanks, at meal, in Ojibway. This was quite enough for me. I now saw that God could understand me in my Ojibway, and therefor went far into the woods and prayed, in the Ojibway tongue.
- Pahtahsegay (Peter Jacobs), quoted in: Hope MacLean (2002). A positive experiment in aboriginal education: The Methodist Ojibwa day schools in Upper Canada, 1824-1833. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies XXII: 29.
- The Canadian Encyclopedia: Jones, Peter
- Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online: Jones, Peter
- The Peter Jones Collection at the University of Toronto's Victoria College Library.