Samuel Ashpo, confession, 1742 February 12



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

handwritingHandwriting is somewhat informal yet clear and legible.

paperSingle small sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


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
  • I Cast her off with out a trial of the Case & proving the fact againſt her
  • 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
Lebanon Feby 12. AD. 1742, 3.
Samll Ashpo's Confeſsion AD 1742, 3.