Samson Occom, letter, to Mary Occom, 1763 June 1


abstractOn the eve of his departure for a mission, Occom writes with instructions for management of the farm in his absence.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible, though letter case is frequently difficult to decipher, especially with regard to the letters “s” and “y.”

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair-to-poor condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthyOn two verso, adhered to the top-left corner of the page, is a typed note that reads: “307 OCCOM, Samson. Famous Indian preacher. A. L. S. 1 p. 4to. 1763. Fine and very rare .................. 4 00” This piece of paper and the remnants of modern paper on the edge of two verso suggest that the letter may have been glued into a book to be sold. The letter is stuck together at the center and does not open completely.

EventsOccom’s Third Mission to the Oneidas

My Dear 
I am yet at New York  and I expect to set off tomorrow morning  on my Journey, I have been very well  Since I came from Home, and hope  theſe few Lines may find you all in  good Health, I have left a five pound  Bill in Mr Wells’s Hands to be convey’d  to You for our Family’s uſe; — as soon  as Graſs is fit to Cut do you hire  Hands to get four or five Load of Hay,  I dont know what time I shall get  Home, but I believe it will be  late in the fall if I shou’d live —  Remember god and truſt in him  at all Time — I Shall write to you  as often as I Can,   
I am your  true and Loving Huſband   Samſon Occom    New York  June 1: 1763     
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To  Mrs Mary Occom at  MontaukLong Island