Mary Secutor, confession of drunkeness, 1767 December 27

ms-number767677

doi
10.1349/ddlp.621

abstractMary Secutor confesses to drunkenness and lewd conduct.

handwritingDocument is written in Eleazar Wheelock's hand, exclusive of the signature.

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

inkBlack-brown.

signatureRalph Wheelock and Bezaleel Woodward sign as witnesses. Mary Secutor’s signature is likely in her own hand.

I Mary Sequatar acknowl[illegible]edge, and deſire to do it with Shame and Bluſhing before God and all who are acquainted with my Sins, that I have been repeatedly Scandalously guilty of the Sin of Drunkeneſs, and partic[illegible]ularly laſt Evening being the Evening following the Lords Day Dec.r 27. 1767. I went into the School while I was intoxicated with Liquor and there behaved myſelf in a Lude and very immodeſt manner among the School Boys, I also in a vile manner profained the Secred name of God. Whereby I have brought Reproach and Ruin upon myſelf my Character and my precious Soul, have greived the Heart of my Reverend Patron Who has been unwearied in his Labours of Love & Care and kindneſs for me and for the School, I have brought irreparable Reproach upon the School and the important Cauſe which I ought to have regarded more than even my own Life, and have awfully diſappointed & blaſted all the hopes that have been conceived that I might in my Place have born my part in furthering the Same. I have Set a moſt Ill Example before the Schollars which if they follow they can expect nothing but that the Cauſes of God denounced againſt Such will take place upon them, and that
that with me they muſt Bear their part in that eternal miſery to Which I Stand Juſtly condemd. but moſt of all is the wound which I have given, to, and the Reproach I have Cast, upon the Name of God, and the Cauſe of the dear Redeemer — this I have done againſt multiplied learning Councils, Inſtructions and all appointd means and Endeavours from Day to day used with me. I desire ^to^ humble myſelf before God and man for What I have done and implore divine pardon through the Blood of Christ. I also aſk forgiveneſs of the Revd Doctr Wheelock, and of all his family & School and of all who are knowing to my heinous offenses — and I promiſe by divine Grace to walk humbly and in all Reſpects circumspectly, in all Reſpects for time to come — and it is my full purpose to leave off the use of all Spirituous Liquors for time to come — I confeſs it is Juſt if I am ſent away with diſgrace from this School as unworthy [illegible][guess: Such] the Honour of being a member of it, but if it m[illegible]ay conſiſt with the Glory of God & the Reputation of this School I earneſtly & humbly deſire I may yet be continued upon trial, and if my fruits Shall be becoming a penitant, that I [illegible]may be admitted ^reſtored^ and my Scandalous Crimes be conceald as much as may be from my Nation and from the world.
Mary Secutor {Ralph Wheelock {Bezal Woodward
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Mary Secuters Confession Jan.y or Feby — 1768
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