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Temperance Hannabal, narrative, 1754 February 7

ms-number: 754157

abstract: Temperance Hannabal narrates the story of her religious awakening to Occom.

handwriting: Narrative is written in Occom’s hand, which is clear and legible. As is common with Occom's hand, there are some uncrossed t’s; these have been corrected by the transcriber.

paper: Small sheet folded in half like a book is in poor condition, with heavy fading, staining and wear that results in some loss of text.

ink: Dark-brown ink is worn away in places.

noteworthy: An editor, likely 19th-century, has overwritten Occom's hand on one recto. The assigned year of the manuscript is based on this edit. On two verso, a note has been added in the same hand. The note, which has not been transcribed, reads: “(If common year, 1 Day y Jan. was Thursd. / 1761, 1767, 1778-1 / If leap year.”

Temperance Hannabal
I have been the moſt [illegible] [gap: faded]
wretch yt ever liv'd, yea [gap: faded]
there was nothing in all the
Nois of Religion, and I thought
and Said that the Chriſtians
Lied; I thought it was beſt for me
to gratify my own Inclinations
— Till the Laſt fall, I was Sick
for Some Time, and in my Sick­
neſs, I began to Query, what
w[gap: faded] [guess: oud] become of my Soul, if I
Shoud Die in this State and
Condition, and theſe thoughts
threw me into Fright, and
was Concern'd for my Soul for
Some Time, but as I got
well of my Sickneſs my
Concern wore a way — —.
till this Late Religious Stir
I bethought of my Self again
and after I [gap: tear] been to few
Meetings I found my Self a
great Sinner, and an undone
Creature before god, yea Saw
my Self fit for nothing but
Hell and everlaſting Diſtruc­
tion. — and as I was at one
meeting and as I was amuſing
and Conſidering my State &
Condition, it threw me into
Such Horror and guil of Concience
and Confuſion of [illegible], I
fell in [illegible] to a S[illegible] [guess: waun] , and im­
mediately I found my Self
into great Darkneſs, [illegible] and
while I was there I heard
a voice before me, Saying
follow me, and I went that
way, and Immedeately found
my Self upon Something, I
Cant Compared to nothing
but to a Pole, but over
Put over a Deep hole
Blank page.Not transcribed.

Montauk is an unincorporated hamlet located on the eastern tip of Long Island in southeastern New York. The town was named after the Montaukett Indians who lived on much of eastern Long Island when Europeans first made contact in the 17th century. Archeological records show that Native Americans occupied eastern Long Island at least 3,000 years prior to European contact. The Montaukett Indians derived their name from the land they lived on, Montaukett meaning hilly country. The Montauketts made great use of Long Island’s abundant resources, and the nation subsisted by growing crops such as corn, squash, and beans as well as gathering berries, herbs, and roots. In addition to game such as deer and fish, the Montauketts also hunted whales and used every part of the whale, including its oil, which they burned in large clamshells. Living on an island at first isolated the Montaukett people, but they soon became a strong economic force in the region thanks to the production of the American Indian currency wampum. Wampum was constructed out of polished sea shells, which were found in abundance along Long Island’s beaches. The Montauketts' rich resources, however, led to wars with surrounding Indian nations, including the Pequots and Narragansetts to the north. The Pequots eventually forced the Montauketts to forfeit wampum as tribute. By the early 17th century, the Montauketts were faced with wars against surrounding Native Americans and an onslaught of European diseases, and in order to preserve his nation’s territorial integrity, the Montaukett sachem, Wyandanch, established an alliance with English settlers in Connecticut in 1637. Over time, however, the Montauketts' began selling off land to the English settlers, and disease further decimated their numbers. A 1650 smallpox epidemic killed around two-thirds of the Montaukett people. In 1665, Wyandanch granted the English permission to pasture livestock on Montaukett lands. In 1686 a group of East Hampton settlers known as the Proprietors bought the territory of Montauk from the Montauketts, and would continue to hold on to the land in a joint trust for the next 200 years. Despite attempts over the years, the town has never been incorporated as a village. Many years later, the Montauketts attempted to reassert their land rights on Long Island by petitioning New York State Judge Abel Blackmar in 1909. Blackmar refused to recognize the Montauketts as an Indian tribe, which has to this day left them without a reservation on the land that still bears their name.

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