Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 January 27


abstractOccom updates Wheelock on his travels. He notes that he hopes to visit as soon as he can make longer trips, and to attend Indian congresses at Stockbridge and at Sir William Johnson’s.

handwritingOccom's hand is formal, clear and legible.

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


noteworthyThere are red wax-pencil markings along the left side of one recto.

  Revd & Honrd Sir   
I have only Time to let you know, that I  am now in Boſton, Came here, this Day a Week, and Shall  Stay till nex Monday by the importunily of Friends, —  I left my Family ^3^ Willegibleeeks next fryday in tolerabele good  Health thro mercy, — I am much troubled with my old  ails at Times, Yet I am able to ride Short Journies, and  I have work enough Preaching both among the Indians &  Engliſh, and there ^is^ great attention among the People, —  I fully intended to Come to See you the fall paſs, but my  difficulties Came upon me about the Time I was to Set out,  as Soon as I am able to ride So far I will Come to See You —  for I want much to see, how you Go on in the Grand Cauſe  I Cant be eaſy, till I See with my Eyes, and ^not only^ hear with my  Ears, — Be Soo good as to let me hear, where Mr McCluer  and his Collegue are and what they are a doing, —  A Wampum of Friendship Flew from Maſsipi thro,  wVarious Tribes of Indians, Came to our Hands about Six  Weeks ago, and we Receiv'd it Cordially, — Several Tribes  of Indians are to hold a Congreſs Next march at Stock‐  Bridge, and a grand Congreſs is to ^be^ at Sir William Johnsons  Some Time next June or July, — and if I am able, I intend  to be at Both of 'em — I am, Revd & Honrd Sir 
your moſt obliged and very  Humbl Servt  Samſon Occom 
To the Revd  Docr Wheelock  PS M.r Peck and his La^d^y send thier kind regards to  you and yours 
From M.r Occom  Jany 27. 1772 
To  The Revd Docr Wheelock  Preſident of Dartmouth  College