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Nathaniel Whitaker, narrative, 1766

Manuscript Number: 766900.11

Date: 1766

Title: Nathaniel Whitaker, narrative, 1766

Author: Whitaker, Nathaniel

Abstract: Whitaker gives a brief history of Indian conversion in America and why it has thus far been relatively unsuccessful. Occom’s story is used as an argument for promoting Wheelock’s School and its focus on educating Indians, rather than English, as missionaries. A plan for an expanded school is put forth.

Moses Peck, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 September 19

Manuscript Number: 766519

Date: 19 September 1766

Title: Moses Peck, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 September 19

Author: Peck, Moses

Recipient: Wheelock, Eleazar

Abstract: Peck writes of good reports from England regarding Wheelock, Whitaker and Occom, and discusses other business relating to matters at home and abroad.

Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 January 27

Manuscript Number: 772127.1

Date: 27 January 1772

Title: Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 January 27

Author: Occom, Samson

Recipient: Wheelock, Eleazar

Abstract: Occom updates Wheelock on his travels. He notes that he hopes to visit as soon as he can make longer trips, and to attend Indian congresses at Stockbridge and at Sir William Johnson’s.

Samson Occom, Journal, 1786 June 26

Manuscript Number: 786376

Date: 26 June 1786

Title: Samson Occom, Journal, 1786 June 26

Author: Occom, Samson

Abstract: Occom details his travels during the second half of 1786. As Occom notes, he spends a great deal of time among the Dutch.

Samson Occom, journal, 1786 December 11 to 1787 April 7

Manuscript Number: 786661

Date: 11 December 1786

Title: Samson Occom, journal, 1786 December 11 to 1787 April 7

Author: Occom, Samson

Abstract: Occom describes his travels as an itinerant preacher through Connecticut and New York. He also relates an episode involving a rumour that his son Aaron has been arrested for murder.

New Stockbridge Indians, letter, to Samson Occom, 1787 August 29

Manuscript Number: 787479

Date: 29 August 1787

Title: New Stockbridge Indians, letter, to Samson Occom, 1787 August 29

Authors: Sauquethquaut, Joseph; Aupaumut, Hendrick; Quannekanut, Joseph; Pauquunnuppeet, Peter; Neshoonuhhuk, David; Pohpmon, John; Baldwin, John; Pauphaunhum, Samuel; Naunannuknuck, David

Recipient: Occom, Samson

Abstract: The New Stockbridge Indians testify to their faith in the Christian religion and request that Occom become their pastor.

John Sergeant, letter, to Peter Thacher, 1788 May 19

Manuscript Number: 788319

Date: 19 May 1788

Title: John Sergeant, letter, to Peter Thacher, 1788 May 19

Author: Sergeant, Jr., John

Recipient: Thacher, Peter

Abstract: Sergeant writes of a division within the Stockbridge Tribe regarding his position as minister, as opposed to Occom's. He reports that Occom has been resorting to unkind means to support his own position.

State of New York, resolution, 1791 February 24

Manuscript Number: 791174

Date: 24 February 1791

Title: State of New York, resolution, 1791 February 24

Author: New York State Legislature

Abstract: The NY State Assembly and Senate grant Occom 15 pounds to pay his expenses in attending the legislature on behalf of the Brothertown and New Stockbridge Indians. Also, Samson Occom’s receipt for the sum.

Samson Occom, letter, to a Minister of Albany, 1791 December 26

Manuscript Number: 791676

Date: 26 December 1791

Title: Samson Occom, letter, to a Minister of Albany, 1791 December 26

Author: Occom, Samson

Abstract: Occom writes that he cannot attend an ordination due to ill health, that he has moved to Munhegunnack (or New Stockbridge), and that many Indians are coming to New Stockbridge to hear preaching.

Samson Occom, journal, 1774 July 8 to August 14

Manuscript Number: 774408.2

Date: 8 July to 14 August 1774

Title: Samson Occom, journal, 1774 July 8 to August 14

Author: Occom, Samson

Abstract: Occom documents his and David Fowler's travels from Mohegan to Indian communities in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and New York. The death of William Johnson, and the battles between the Shawnees and the Virginians are mentioned.

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