David McClure and Levi Frisbie, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 May 28


abstractMcClure and Frisbie write to suggest that Occom join them on the mission soon to be undertaken near the Ohio.

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Rev.d & dear ſir // 
[top]To Rev.d [illegible] Samson Occom May 28. 1772
You have doutleſs been informed of the good  desire of the Indians who live near the Ohio, to have english Miſsio= naries tCome among them to instruct them in the great truth of the  Gospel [illegible] & of the applications they have  repeatedly made in the Synod of New York to send them Miſsio= naries for that purpose; we your friends, educated with reference to  the important design of spreading abroad among them the knowledge  of the only true God & his Son our bleſsed Redeemer, tho' in our= selves every way unworthy & unqualified for so important a busineſs  were the last week solemly ordained with a design to set out  for that Country [illegible][guess: abroad] in a short time. The undertaking is great —  but we hope we trust in God for support & Strength & that he  will mercifully preserve our Lives amid the many dangers we  [illegible]expect will surround us; We think we are moved hereto from  a desire to reclaim be instrumental to reclaim those poor deluded [illegible][guess: im‐] [illegible][guess: matals] from their ignorance & Barbarism to a knowledge of the Gospel.  We heartily [illegible][guess: re]join in every opening of divine providence for this de‐ sirable End.
And as, Sir, we understand that not far from the  place where we are going there are a Tribe of Indians who talk 
the Mohegan Language, wAnd where probably th a Miſsionay  espeially one whose native ^Language^ is their own would meet a kind reception  among [illegible]: We would therefore take this Opp.y to  manifest how very agreeable to us it would be, should  you think but to make a trial ^with us^ [illegible]. And we ^are^  perswaded that accord.g to human probability the prospect  of your being eminently survivable among them is very  great. Your Influence would be much greater than  any english miſsionary's would be. the prejudice they  naturally imbibe & which have amog many tribes proved an  effectual bar against their cordial reception of English Miſ‐ sionaries would have no room to exercise itself Should You  go [illegible]. We shall probably continue some time among  them should the arrangments of God in his providence should  not forbid if we can with safety continue [illegible]
And we hope, Sir, you will [illegible][guess: please] think favorablely  of such a project & that ^ye Lord^ your way will be clear ^your way & your [illegible] ^inclin'd ^ to comply^  with the present agreeable opening. We earnestly ask  your fervent Prayers for us [illegible] yt God would graciously  manifest his favor & guide & direct us thro' all our way & makes us  instrumental of great Good among the Heathen.
[illegible][illegible] [illegible: [guess: are]]  with much Affection & Esteem Your Cordial Wellwisher[illegible: [guess: s]]   in this Lord — D. M:C– Levi Frisbie