Courtenay Connell, letter, to Henry Mayo, 1766 December 2

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abstractConnell writes an indignant letter reproving Mayo for attacks on Whitaker and Occom.

handwritingHand is small and stylized, yet formal and clear. The trailer appears to be in Whitaker's hand.

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

inkBlack-brown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyAs is noted in the trailer, this document is a copy. Persons whose names are illegible have not been tagged.

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I am sorry tho' not surprized, to see & hear the rage  and ill-will wth which you persecute even to strange, or at least  distant places, those whom it is reasonable to think came on a  laudable desighn, even their enemies being judges: that it might  not be well applied, was a base insinuation; how much like a  stab in the Dark, I leave you to judge, as alas how near the term  "money hunters" suits M:r M. the heavy taxes do not I suppose  hurt you, neither are you among the starving ministers: how much  you contribute to the Support of the destitute, you best know,  but for my part, excuse freedom I beleive but little, tho' I hope none  will repent as you fear, of having given to this cause. Envy & Pride  seem to be the dictators, & that too plainly, I am Sorry to See it; &  now you complain of abuse pray who began? consider your letter  to M:r Peirce, which you desir'd might be shew'd; was it not with  an invidious intent? what ridicule did it contain! how was  it calculated to raise prejudices in sincere minds & degrade persons  may I not Say of better quallifications than M:r M? Remember He that  exalteth himself shall be abased, who think you has more reason  to fear it than M.r M, I Can't help thinking on the Illiterite &  unapproved brethren pray who made you litterate? & wth what face  can you talk so? If Charity had been so cold you never woud have  " 
talked so, to be mean or educated on charity is no disgrace; but for  but for such to be proud & overbearing to their betters wt is it,? or what  is it not? It is too common but not always the case of upstarts, a  Charecter which I never Remember to have heard M:r Whitaker give  M:r M. it was sent indeed in a letter from a Gentleman at London  but no news to people in plymoth, you have accused M:r [illegible: [guess: Me]]nds of  Slandering you, being a stranger; if a Stranger, pray why did Mr M  Slander him so many Years ago at Crumble paſsage & others; one  indeed who you Said was your Spiritual Father, I wish it may be so,  how did you endevour to blacken the Charecter of persons of Piety  & usefullneſs, & in every respect so much your Superiour to M.r M that  he is not worthy to be named with them, & that to me, who you might  Suppose might spread it abroad, & not be known from whence it came  how did you revile even to M.r Gibbs & me; how tauntingly did you  behave, have not even I heard obſcenity indeed & you meant no harm  did you? is this the Charecter of a Minister! let the Name be erased or  or better used, I wou'd desire the latter. Who pray when a friend was  willing to hear M.r Whitefeild banter'd & got him to an Inn on a Sunday over  to drink punch? who pray told a Young Gentlemen that a Minister shou'd  be conversant with Bad houses & experimentally know the smart of it  to be able to well to Preach against it! & there was no harm meant by it  May it be so: but how well those things become the Charecter of a 
Minister let an impartial person Judge. I wish the bad may mend & the  Proud & over-bearing become humble; but if not they shall be humbled  you know I hate diſsimulation & flattery, I wou'd speak plainly & you  know, I 'Speak truely. Go no farther act not the part of Joab & Compla^in^  of others smiting secretly & Malliciously, Justice at last found out even  the General ^of^ Israels Army; therefore be wise, lay your hand on your  mouth & charge not the innocent & worthy. I realy wish ^you^ well in every  right ^way^ & shou'd be glad of your mending what is wrong. what I have  omitted you may add, & not think me your enimy for telling you  the truth, which I hope always will be done by
Courtenay Connell
A Coppy of a  Letter from Courtney  Connel Eſqr  Decr 2. 1766
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