Mary Secutor, confession, 1768 March 11

ms-number768211.2

doi
10.1349/ddlp.627

abstractSecutor confesses to drunkeness and rude conduct at a tavern.

handwritingHandwriting is possibly that of Bezaleel Woodward. It is formal and clear. The hand is the same as in manuscript 768211.1

paperSmall single sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkStrong black-brown ink bleeds through the paper.

noteworthyThe contents of this document are very similar to those of manuscript 768211.1.

signatureThe signature is possibly in Secutor's hand.

I Mary Secuter do with shamefacedneſs acknowledge that on the evening of the 8..th Inst: I was guilty of going to the tavern & tarrying there with much rude & vain companytill a very unseasonable time of night, in ^where was^ dancing & ^in^ behaving in other respects very ^rude &^ unseemly & wickedly^conduct^, & in particular drinking too much spiritous liquor whereby I was exposed to practice ^commit^ many groſs sins, which offence is doubly aggre‐vated in that it is a direct violation of a late promise which I have publickly made before this school — all which wicked & Sinful conduct of mine, I am fully sensable is much to the dishonour of God & very prejudicial to the design & reputation of this school, and in opposition to the good of my own souls & the souls of my mates — for which I deserve to be turned out of this school & be deprived of all the pri‐vileges of it — I desire to lie low in the dust therefor & do now ask forgiveneſs of God, the Rev.d Doct.r Wheelock, his family and school, and all others whom I have hereby offended — & do with my whole heart promise that and I desire now with my whole heart to renew my former engagement that I will never more drink any spiritous liquor on any occasion ^where neceſsity does not require it^ whatsoever, and I do promise that (by the grace of god) I will ^amend my past life &^ never offend
by any of the like or any other misconduct. for time to come — And desire once more to warn all my mates not to take occasion by this or any other instance of my misconduct, to commit the like or any other evil — and I beg the privi[illegible]lege of continuing ^still^ a member of this school & that I may enjoy the privileges of it, for a further ^trial^ of the sincerity of this my confeſsion & ^my^ engagements [illegible]for an amendment of life
Lebanon — } March 11.th 1768} Present.{D.r Wheelock  {B. Woodward
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