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Samuel Ashpo, confession, 1742 February 12

ms-number: 742162.1

abstract: Ashpo confesses to forsaking the rules of Christian marriage by taking another wife after discovering that his first wife has been unfaithful.

handwriting: Handwriting is somewhat informal yet clear and legible.

paper: Single small sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

ink: Black-brown.


The Confeſsion of Samll Aſhbo of Mohegan
Sometime Ago I went to Sea and was Gone 14 months When I Came
home I underſtood by Common Publick Report which had Gaind
Credit with Many and So far a I know a General beleif yt my
wife had before Sufficient Evidence been Guilty of Groſs adultry
In my abſence & yt She had for Sometime accompanied & traveld
about ye Country with the Man She had been thus Guilty with
& that She was publiſhd to him — I Waited Some Conſiderable
time to See if She wod not Came & make an acknoledgment
to me, & aſk my forgiveneſs but She Did not Come than I took
another Wife after the Indian Manner—a few Days after she was married but Since I was
married I am Convinced yt what I have Done was Evil in the
Sight of God and have been very Sorry
1. yt I Cast her off with out a trial of the Case & proving the fact
againſt her
2. in that Seeing She [gap: blotted_out] Did not Come to me yt I Did not go
to her & use Endeavours to Convince her of her ſin
3. I am ſorry yt I was married in ye old Indian Moode & not in
a Chriſtian manner— and Whereas I was under ſome ſmall Concern
& had Set up ye form of Religion in my family before I was mar‐
‐ried & Such a procedure being So Contrary to the Laws & Rules
of Jesus Chriſt I am afraid it has been & will yet be unproved
much to the Diſhonour of God & Prejudice of Religion. Which
I have a Great Deſire So far as in me Lies to prevent but at
preſent know not how better than by Confeſsing of it in the most
open manner to God & man & aſking pardon and forgiveneſs of
all which I heartily do. & Reſolve by the help of Divine Grace
to Live Devoted to God and act in all Reſpects according to the Laws
of Jesus Chriſt for time to Come
ſamuell Aſhpo
Lebanon
Feby 12. AD. 1742, 3.
Samll Ashpo's Confeſsion
AD 1742, 3.
Ashpo, Samuel

Ashpo was born into a very powerful Mohegan family, considered equal to the Uncas line, and became an influential Mohegan preacher. He was converted at Mohegan during the Great Awakening, and became a schoolteacher among the Indians at Mushantuxet from 1753 until 1757 and from 1759 until 1762, when he left to attend Moor's. Between 1757 and 1759, he worked as an interpreter, and supposedly struggled with alcohol. He attended Moor's for only six months, and then continued his teaching and missionary career on successive trips to Chenango (the first was cut short because of violence in the region). On July 1, 1767, the Connecticut Board dismissed him from their service because of further charges of drinking. He continued to preach successfully to various New England Indian tribes until his death in 1795. The variations of his name exist in part because Ashpo is an abbreviated form of Ashobapow.

Ashpo, Hannah (née Mamnack)
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