Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1762 May 12


abstractOccom expresses gratitude toward the Boston Commissioners for past and present help, and reports that the controversies between Samuel Ashpo and the Indians he is teaching prevents Occom from receiving Ashpo.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear. A tear around the remnants of the seal results in no loss of text.

inkBlack-brown ink fades in and out.

layoutFirst page of letter is on one verso, not one recto.

EventsOccom’s Second Mission to the Oneidas

Revd Sir 
The Comrs of >Boſton are So good as  to send to Capt Shaw the other Day, that I might  Draw ^upon ‘em^ for £ 20 Lawful Money, and Accordingly I hav^e^  I told Capt Shaw, the gentlemen inſiſted upon Seeing  my Acount with Mr Hedges before they wou’d do any  thing to help me &c — — He Said there was no need  of that Now, — the gentlemen ar[illegible]e so Kind alſo as  to Allow me to draw upon ^them^ for the Time that I have  been at Home the laſt winter, — for which I return  unfeign thanks and shall always look upon my ſelf  under Perticular obligations to them as long as I live  not only for the perſent help, but for all paſt favou^rs^  and if they ^See^ fit to help Pity me in time Come, [illegible]it  will be very Acceptable, if not I have nothing to  Say, but to remember paſt Kindneſes with  greatful Heart — I have heard Sam Ashpo and  his People together, about their Controverſes, and I  am afraid Sam Ashpo [illegible]has took irragular Steps,  I Can not receive ^him^ Yet, and I will not do Contrary to  my Mind, — I hope I Shall find him better Next time  I See him, — Sir. I hope you are all well, I am Now  at Mohegan, I Came ^here^ before noon, and am going down  again to New London this after Noon, to go over again  to Long Island, — I Shall set out on my Journey next Week  if I Can, I beg your Continual remembrance of me —   
this Sir, with Sincere obediance is from your true  tho’ unworthy Servant   Samſon Occom    Mohegan May 12 1762    To the Rev.d Eleazer Wheelock
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Samſon Occom  May 12 1762   
To  The Revd Eleazar Wheelock  at  Lebanon
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