Ohio History Journal

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N. B. C. LOVE, D. D.

The poem, "The Wyandot's Bride," written by Rev. L. B.

Gurley, about seventy years ago, is an epic of over two hundred

lines. It is in blank verse. It describes:


The Sandusky River rolling outward into the Lake:


"'Mid leafy groves, and prairies bright with flowers."


On this River the Wyandots,


"A remnant of an ancient nation dwelt"


Which in its waning glory,


"Was proud of its old name, 'Wyandot.'"

When the poem was written many old chieftains lived:


"To tell of noble deeds and feats of war;

But the scenes of war had passed away."


They delighted to sit by their council and wigwam fires and

by word and pantomine fight their battles o'er again while the

hatchet and pipe of peace:


"Were pass'd around and foes were true friends made."


The poem is connected with an important event that occurred

in 1816. John Stewart, the pioneer missionary of the Methodist

Episcopal Church, inspired of God, came from Marietta, Ohio,

to Upper Sandusky "to seek the lost sheep in the wilderness."

His efforts were successful, and the work became too great for

him, and he sought assistance in 1819 from the old Ohio Con-