Solomon Williams, letter, to Andrew Oliver, 1751 October 7


abstractWilliams gives his opinion of the recent decision by the Boston Commissioners to send Samson Occom on a mission to Susquehanna and to pay him 20 pounds sterling per annum. He notes that, though Occom intends to marry, he has assured Williams this would not interfere with his missionary work.

handwritingLoose, informal handwriting is frequently difficult to decipher. There are several deletions and additions

paperMedium-sized sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthyAs noted in the trailer, this document is Williams's copy of his own letter.

EventsOccom’s Marriage

 Hond Sir
I [illegible]On the 7 of Septr 7 ^I Red from you^ the vote of ye Honle Commiſsi­ oners Reſpecting Samſon Occum ſignifying their  [guess: Judination] that the Sd Samſon (upon the de ſire & Motion of ye Revd Mr Pemberton of N York)  ^their [guess: Judination] that He^ ſhould go on a Miſsion to Suſquehana & offi ciate as a Catechiſt, & that They have voted  him after the Rate of Twenty pounds Sterng  p Annum & are Pleaſed to Deſire My opinion  Reſpecting Their votes. I take leave to Inform  you That Samſon when he was laſt here  intimated his deſire to Marry a woman at  Mantauk. I deſirdadviſd him heto muſt be Cautious in  Chooſing a wife leſt he ſhould be intangled ^Put him ſelf^ in  ſuch Circumſtances as Might Render him leſs  able to anſwer the deſign of his Education  for it being uncertain where the Commiſsioners  would [illegible]Imploy him. he ſaid his Marrying there  would not prevent his Readineſs to go where  the Commiſioners ſhould pleaſe to Employ ^send^ him  Either on the Iſland or the Main. I am not  ſo acquainted with the Proſpect of his doing  ſervice at Suſquehana as to be able to Judge  whether it be beſt to adviſe to his going there  ^be adviſable I know not [illegible][guess: but]^. The Sallery may at Preſent be Sufficient [illegible]to Support  [illegible]Him. In theſe [illegible]Things I beg to be Excuſed from  ^offerg my^ I only deſired ^only^ to know what the Plea ſure of the Commiſsioners was that I might  be able to direct him ſo long as They Tho't fit  to give him their orders Thro My hands.—
I am Sr with all due Reſpect Yr Hum.b Sert  Solm Williams
Copy of My Lr to  Mr Oliver Octobr 7 1751