Copy, Samson Occom's Commission from the Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1764 August 13


abstractA contemporary copy of a commission authorizing Samson Occom, along with David Fowler, to undertake a mission to the Six Nations.

handwritingHand, which is neither Williams's nor Wheelock's, is heavily slanted yet formal and clear, with some deletions and additions. The trailer on one verso is in Wheelock's hand.

paperSingle sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.

inkBrown ink is occasionally blotchy.

signatureThe signatures are not actually those of Williams and Wheelock.

noteworthyThe mission that this document authorizes falls through due to a lack of funds.

We the Subſcribers Comtee of the Board —  of Correſpondents ^in Connecticut; ... Commiſsioned By^ of the Honble Society in Scotland  for Propagating Christian Knowledge &c  Conformable to Powers Confer'd on sd Com̅iſsioners of Correspondents by sd Society & in Purſuance of ye Truſt  repoſed in Us; Do authorize & appoint the red Mr  Samſon Occum to go on a Miſsion to the Mohawks  Onoida's, Tuſcarora's or others of the ſix Nations, as  alſo to any other Tribe of Indians to thoſe Parts  as the Providence of God may direct Taking the  advice of the Hon: Sr William Johnſon, when  it may be had, To Preach the Gospel of our Lord &  Savior Jeſus Christ unto Them, & to uſe his beſt Pru:  :dence & Skill to inſtruct Them in Christian Knowledge  that They may be ſaved; & to endeavor to prepare The way for ſending Miſsionaries ^&^ School Maſters among  Them to inſtruct ^them and^ their Children, & to procure from  the ſeveral Nations ſome hopefull Children to be  Educated at the Indian Charity School in Lebanon.  ^[below]We alſo appoint & Send David Fowler a Member of s.d School as an Aſsociate & Companion, with him in ſd^  ^[below]Journey —^  and they is are to Continue his their Travels & Labours  agreable to the moſt hopefull Proſpects of ſerving  this good Deſign of Christianizing the Heathen  as long as the Seaſon will permit. 
Given under our Hands in Lebanon this  13th Day of August Anno Domine 1764 
Solomon Williams  Eleazar Wheelock    Comtes of  ye Commiſ.N  ..  of ye  Board of  Correspon:  :dents &c     
Copy of M.r Occoms  Com̅iſsion  Aug.t 13. 1764.