Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1761 June 24


abstractOccom reports from New York that collections were taken and recommendations written in support of his mission.

handwritingHandwriting is slanting and somewhat crowded, but largely clear and legible

paperTwo large sheets are in fair condition, with moderate creasing, staining and wear.

inkDark brown.

noteworthyThe year of the letter is catalogued as June 1761, but the trailer gives a date of 1762.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

  Revd Sir
We reach'd New York ye 15 Inſt, and to my  Surprize, the Genltemen had Concluded, not Send me  at all, and all the Reaſon that they Can give is,  they are affrai[illegible: [guess: r]]d, the Indians will kill me, I told  them, they Cou'd not kill ^me^ but once, and told them  I intended to Proceed on my Journey, and if I Periſh  for want of Support, I Periſh,—But I intended to uſe  your Money Sir, that David has with him; and when  they Perceiv'd my Reſolutions, they Emediately Conſulted  the matter, and Concluded, that I Shoud go, and ^a^ Collection  Shou'd be made for me, and Recommendations Shou'd  bye Sendt by me to Genl Amhurſt and to Sir William
And the whole Matter is Acompliſh'd to my Surprize  beyound all my expectations, The Laſt Sabbath after  the after Noon Service was over, at Mr Boſtweck's Con­ gregation, they made a Collection for me and my  Family's Support, and it munted to £60:ſ15:d7 and  Monday Evening the Baptiſts made a Collection for me  at their Meeting Houſe, and it mounted to £13:0:0—  And ^my^ Recommendations are done by the Moſt Noted Gentlemen  of this Place, not only to the genrals, but to other genn  of their Aquantance, from this City to the further moſt  Engliſh Settlements,— the People are uncommonly kind  to us in this great City;— But we live ^in ye Suburbs^ with one  obediah Wells and old Diſciple — I am invited to  the City Every Day to Dine with Some gentleman  or other; Som times Two or three Invitations at once,
Eſpiceally the Miniſter, of all Sects and Denomina^tions^  are Extreamly Kind to me,— Yeſteday ^3 o'c PM^ I was Intro  to wait upon his Honor, Colden Preſident and Com­ mander in Chief in ^the^ Province of N:York, and wiſh'd  me Good Succees and Gave me ^good^ advice and Counſil,  —I believe tomorrow Morning we Shall out from  here on our way to Onoyda,
Pleaſe to remember us ^in^ your Fatherly Prays  Continually, Except Duty, and Sutable Re­ gards to the Family from
Your Moſt obediant Indian Son,  Samſon Occom  The Revd Mr Wheelock
I deliver'd £53:ſ7:d10 to Mr  William Hedges of Eaſt-  hampton, for the Support  of my Family  S:O:
The Letters that I have  to the Genrals are Sign'd by  The Hon.le Wm Smith Esqr  Revd [illegible]David Boſtwick  Mr PVB Livingſton  Mr David Vanhorne  Will.m Livingston Esqr
M.r Occum's  May 1762  Rec.d £20 of Comiſsrs  and to draw on them  for Laſt Winter— 
To  The Rev:d Eleazer Wheelock  at  Lebanon, N:England    Theſe
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