Andrew Oliver, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1757 November 28

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abstractOliver writes that he does not approve of an ordination for Samson Occom at present, since only the Niantics would benefit. There is no allowance now for a new mission.

handwritingVery formal, neat and clear.

paperModerate-to-heavy creasing and staining. Some tearing around remnants of seal, leading to minor loss of text.

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Rev:d Mr Wheelock   S:r 
The important Affairs of the  General Court now sitting, require the At= tendance of so many of the Com̅iſsioners  that I despair of their meeting to consider  of the Contents of your Letter, while the  Bearer remains in Town. I can therefore  only give you my private Opinion, that  I think it would not be convenient to  ordain Sampson Occum at present, while  it seems that the Nihantic Indians only  are like to reap the benefit of his Services:  for as that is the case, it is a question  whether or no it is not calling him off  from a Service, wherein he is already full  as useful. There is another reason which  determines me for a delay, and that is,  that there is no Allowance stipulated for 
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this new Miſsion: and before that can  be done the Comiſs.rs Sho:d know what it is  he expects, and be likewise acquainted  with the importance of the Miſsion and  its extensiveneſs among the Indians.   
I am   S.r Yo:r very humle Ser.t Andw Oliver 
Hon. A.[gap: tear] Oliver's Lettr  Nov.r 1757—   
To the Revd  M:r Eleazer Wheelock  At  Lebanon
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