Samuel Ashpo, confession, 1742 February 12

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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.

inkBlack-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.
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