Samson Occom, journal, 1774 December 19 to 1775 February 9


abstractOccom's journal describes his travels as an itinerant preacher during the period from December 19, 1774, to February 9, 1775.

handwritingOccom's hand is small but consistently clear and legible. As is common with Occom, there are several uncrossed t's and crossed l's; these have been corrected by the transcriber.

paperSeveral small sheets folded into a booklet and bound with thread or twine are in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining and wear. One recto/verso is heavily damaged, which results in a significant loss of text.

inkBrown ink varies in intensity throughout.

noteworthyAlthough the missing text on one recto/verso makes it difficult to tell for certain, the "Indian Town" mentioned on one recto is likely Farmington. On four recto, it is uncertain to where Occom refers when he mentions the "Indian Place." Illegible person and place names have not been tagged. An editor, likely 19th-century, has overwritten several letters, words and phrases, as well as punctuation. These edits have not been transcribed.

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Monday Decr 19:

left the place  about 10 [gap: faded] and [illegible] my way, and  it was a Dreadful Storm of  Rain and [illegible] in it all  [gap: faded] Farmingtown got  [gap: faded] before Sun Set  [gap: faded] very wet Lodged at E[gap: faded]h[gap: faded]

Dec.r 20

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hig[gap: tear]od [gap: tear]  a g[gap: tear]

Wedneſday Decr 21:

[gap: tear]  Indian Town about [gap: tear] the  morning, and it w[gap: tear] Cold;  towards Night Stopt a[gap: tear][guess: t] one Mr  Wiard's and the People were urg^ent^  to have me Stay till next Day and  give them a Diſcourſe and I Com plyd; that Night it Snowd very  hard, all Night— —

Thirdſday Decr 22

it Snowd  Still Yet a great Number of People  Came together at the apointed Time  after meeting went home with one  Mr Weſt. Seven Day Baptiſt Preacher.  a godly man I believe a very  meek and humble man and  well reported by his Neighbours,  his wife is a Moravian woman  by Profeſsion a Pious woman by  [gap: tear] with 
them, this Night

Fryday Dec[illegible][guess: r] 23

was with  Mr weſt all Day Lodged with  them again —

Saturday Decemr 24:

as this is  their Sabbath So the People got  together for meeting at their Uſu al Hour and I preachd to them  as Soon as I had done Mr green  preachd, a Short Diſcourſe, and  after meeting, I went back to Mr  Wiards and Lodgd there—

Monday^Sabbath^ Decem 25:

People got  together about 11: a great Numbr  and I preachd to them twice in  the evening went to M.r Mechams  my good old Friend, he Came from  Weſterly and Lodgd there I was  very Poorly this Night I was Trou bled with a Diſorder in my Bow els very much — —

Monday Decem 26:

was very Com fortable this morning my Diſorder  was gone, about 10 went to Hering^‐ton^  Meeting Houſe Calld on one [illegible] 
from there went to Mr Wooddroff[illegible][guess: 's],  and there put up my Horſe at  and went to meeting Preached to  a large aſsemble, and the People  attended with great Solemnity —  in the evening went to See Mr  Batholomew the old miniſter of the  Place he has layd down Preaching  by reaſon of Infirmities, he Seem ed to be a good ſort of a man— Lodgd  with Mr Wooddroff

Tueſday Decer 27

after Breakfast wen^t^  on my Journey, Stopt at Letchfield a  few minutes Juſt to eat at a Tavern  and then Sot off again, and directed  my Courſe towards New Milford; reachd  the Place Juſt before night. Calld on  one Mr Balwin and Tarried there  all night, and appointed a meeting  10 o:c for the next Day, this Night  we had a Terrible Storm of Snow —

Wedneſday Decemr 28:

Storm Conti nued very Hard Yet we went to meet ing and there was a Conſiderable Num ber of People, went to Mr Tallors the  miniſter of the Place and was very 
kindly and tenderly entertaind —

Thirdsday Decr 29:

went with  M.r Tallor to attend upon a Lecture  which Mr Ta^[illegible][guess: y]^llor had appointed Some  Days before a bout 7 miles South from  the Town, I preachd, and there  was a Number of People got toge‐ ther, Conſidering the Deep Snow; after  Service, the people were very urgen[gap: faded][guess: t]  to have another meeting in the even ing, and I Conſented, and So preachd  again; and we had very Solemn  meeting, the people in general  were greatly affected — after mee^t^  [illegible][guess: ing] went home with one Mr Hitchcoc^k^  and Lodgd there, I believe the man  and his wife were true Chriſtians,  Sot up till late and then went to  Bed qui^e^tly Mr Ta^[illegible][guess: y]^llor went home  this evening and I deſird ^him^ to Send  word to New Preſton, that I woud  be there on the next Day and give  them a Short Diſcourſe towards  evening,

Fryday Janr ^Decr^ 29:

after Breakfast  returnd to N. Milford got about 12  and found Mr Tayl[illegible][guess: a]r had not Sent  word to N Preſton, and I Past by  as Soon as Coud, one Deacon Hoge kins accompanyd me, and we got  there a little before Sun Set, and  they gave notice to the People, and  begun our Meeting in the evening  and there was a great Number of  People, and they attended well,  as Soon as the meeting was done we  went back again to New Milford  This Night Lodged with one Mr  Camble a Seperate Miniſter and  a very man I believe, — — —

Saturday Decr 31

had a meeting  at one Deacon Balwins, among  the Seperates, had a Comfortable  meeting, after meeting went into  Town, Lodgd at Mr Taylor, —

Sabb Decemr ^Janr^ 31

Preach at the  Place all Day to amazing Num ber of People —
Lodgd at Mr Hynds whoſe wife  is a very good woman, was very  kindly entertaind, this evening  two young women Came to me  under great Concern of Soul and  I gave them a word of advice  and Coun[illegible][guess: c]el

Monday Janr 2

left New Milford  early in the morning and went  on to New fairfield got there about  10 o:c Call in at Mr Sills the  Miniſter of the Place a few minue^tes^  and then went to meeting, preachd  to a large Number of People, after  meeting went to Mr Sills and Dind  and Soon after Dinner left the  Place and went on towards  Kint Mr Sill went with me, went  thro Pe[illegible]ſ[illegible]ttokook, Stopt a few  Minutes at the Indian Place  but there was no Indians at home  Scarſely, and So we paſt on, got  to Mr Bodwell about 7 in the eveng  and they Sent word all round that  Night to have a meeting next 
Day about 10 in the morning

Tueſday Janr 3:

went to meetg  about 10 and had a great  Number of People to Preach to  and the People attended with  great Solemnity and affecti on, after meeting went to Mr  Bodwells and Din'd there, and  Soon after Dinner went on my  towards 9 Partners and got to  Esqr Hopkinss about 7 in the  evening and Lodgd there —

Wedneſday Jan.r 4:

preachd  at the red meeting Houſe, —

Thirdsday Janr 5:

preachd  at a priv[illegible][guess: a]tt Houſe, in the  Place — —

Fryday Janr 6:

went to Mr  Knibloes in Esqr Hopkinss  Slay, got there before noon  about 1 went to meeting 
and it was extre[illegible][guess: am] Cold, I  deliverd a Short Diſcourſe,  after meeting went to mr  Plat's and Dind there, and  than went on our way Home  to Esqr Hopkins, got there  Juſt after Sun Set — — —

Saturday Janr 7:

was at  Esqr Hopkins all Day —

Sabb Janr 8:

preachd here  all Day, jut at night left  the Place and went over  the Mountain to Mr Wood's  Weeting Houſe, and preachd  there, and it was extre[illegible][guess: eam]  Cold, went home with Mr  Fowler in his Slay and  Lodgd there — — — —

Monday Jan r 9:

left Mr Fowlers early  in the morning and went on towards  Pleaſent Vally, Got to mr Caſe's before  Night, Mr Caſe was not at Home 
in the evening he Came Home  and we had a Joyful meeting he  and his Family were very well,  and his People Lodgd there —

Tueſday Janr 10:

towards evening  went to the Hollow and Mr Caſe went  with me I preachd at the Houſe of one  Mr Struit, a Young Dutchman who  is under great Conviction of Soul  we had a great Number of People and  very Solemn meeting we had, — —

Wedneſday Janr 11:

we went 8: or 9  miles Northweſt ward to one Mr Saml  Smiths and preachd there in the eveg  to a Crowd of People, and they attended  e[illegible][guess: c]eeding well — Lodgd in the Same  Houſe one Mr ward brought heither  in his Slay from mr Caſe's —

Thirdsday Janr 12:

went off very  early in the Morning towards States bourough got there about 10 in the  morning put up at Mr Struits young  Mr Struit brought ^us^ here, mr Ham  Came with us in the after noon about  1 began a meeting, there was not a grea^t^  Number of People at this time they 
Came by miſtake the meeting  was appointed at evening, —  in the evening a great Number  Came together, and I gave them  another Diſcource, the People here  are Chiefly Dutch, and I found  Some excellent Chriſtians amongſt  Lodg'd at Mr Struits [illegible][guess: T]

Fryday Janr 13:

Sot off very  early in the morning towards  Pleaſent Valley, for we had  appointed meeting there at 1  o'c this Day, got there juſt a bout meeting Time, and there  was a great Number of People  I preachd, — after meeting I  went with one Mr Newcom a Bap tiſt Brother, a man of great Riches  was very kindly entertaind, Lodgd  here, with much Satiſfaction —

Saturday Janr 14:

this morning  I made uſe of my Printed Notes or  Christian Cards — [illegible] about 
11 I walkd Down to Mr Caſe's  Mr Newcom went with me,  Spent [illegible] the reſt of the Day  with Mr Caſe, he is quite a  Clever Sort of a man —

Sab: Janr 15:

preachd at  the place again to a vaſt  Crowd of People, and we had  a very Solemn meeting many  were brought to Floods of Tears  [illegible][illegible] it was  a Sacrament with the People  and I Join the People it was  a Comfortable Seaſon, — as Soon  as the service was over we  went to a Place Calld Oswago  about 6 miles off, got there  in the Duſk of the evening  found a prodigious Number  of People, preachd to them,  Mr Caſe made the last Prayer  I Lodgd with one Mr Plat

: Monday Janr 16:

went to a nother part of Oswago about  7 miles off, to a Baptist meet ing Houſe, meeting began abot  1 in the afternoon, and there  was a great multitude of  People of all Sorts and Deno minations, the greater part  of the People Cou'd not get in  to the Houſe, and we had a  Solemn meeting — as Soon as  the meeting was done we went to wards Poughkeepsy, and had a  meeting in the evening at one  Capt Hagmans and had a pro digious great Number of People  and the People attended with much  affection —

Monday Tueſday Janr 17:

early  in the morning went on to Pough keepſy and Stopt a Little while at  a publick Houſe, and So paſt by 
and went on towards the Ferry  about four miles Down the River  Mr Caſe and Mr Ward went with  me about a mile out the Town  and there took leave of me each  other in Friendſhip — and I wen^t^  to the Ferry, there met with mag  major Durgee of Norwich in  his return Home from Suſqueha nah, got over before Sun Set &  went Down to Mr Debois's and  Lodgd there Found them all  well except his wife, they were  very glad to See me, and receivd  with all kindneſs — —

Wedneſday Janr 18:

after Break faſt went Down to New Windſor Calld  on Mr Luml Co[illegible]ling and alſo one  Mr Cl[illegible][guess: ea]rk my old friends and ac quaintances they were extree[illegible][guess: m]ly  glad to See me and Stopt no more  till I got Butter Hill where one 
Mr Joſeph Wood Lives he is an old  Diſciple indeed, we had a joy‐ ful meeting, we had not Seen each  other in Ten Years I felt as if  I was in my Fathers Houſe S[illegible][guess: o]t  up till good bed Time and then  took our Repoſe for the Night

Thirdſday Janr 19:

was at Mr  Woods till towards Night, then  went to meeting at mr Cl[illegible][guess: ea]rks  there were So many People they  Coud not all get in, and we  had a Comfortable meeting  after meeting returnd Home  with Mr Wood again and S[illegible][guess: o]t  up Some Time after we got Home

Fryday Janr 20:

was at  Mr Woods again till toward Nig^ht^  again and went to New Windſor  for Meeting had a meeting in  one of Elders Houſe, returnd  home again with Mr Woods —

Saturday Janr 21:

left Mr woods  early in the Morning and on  towards Malborough. Stopt at  New Windſor Breakfaſted with  Mr Cloſe, after Breakfaſt wen^t^  on my way got to Malborough  before Night Stopt at Mr Cl[illegible][guess: ea]r^k^s  Mr Caſe the general Postmas‐ ter Brought me here in his  Slay from Newborough he  is one of my good old Friends  here I ^went^Lodgd and mr Caſe wen^t^  home, and Lodgd with him —

Sab Janr 22:

about 10  went to the meeting Houſe and  a Multitude of People Came to  meeting, and we had a Solemn  meeting in the evening went  to Mr Deboiss Houſe and had  a meeting there and a great  Number of People were toge‐ ther again I Baptized two 
Children we had the power  of god with us many were  brought to floods of Tears —  I Lodgd here,

Monday Janr 23:

in the morning  went back again to Newborough  and preachd there in the Church  of England to a great Number of  People as Soon as the meeting was  over I went up to Malborough &  preachd in the School Houſe to  a Crowded People and they atten ded with affection — after meetg  —went back to mr Cl[illegible][guess: ea]rks and  Lodgd there — —

Tueſday Janr 24:

went away  early in the morning Mr Cl[illegible][guess: ea]rk  went with me. and Mr Dayton  alſo went to wards Wall Hill got  to Mr Tolton's about 11 where  we were to have a meeting, a bout 12 [illegible] we begun Meeting &  there was a Multitude of People  I had Some freedom in Speaking 
this Night Stayd with Mr Tolton

Wedneſday Janr 25:

Held  a meeting not far from Mr Tolton's in a Dutch mans H  a great number of People  came together again — —  in the evening had another  meeting not far the Place  where had a meeting in the  Day and I believe the Lord  was with us of a Truth there  was great Trembling in the  Congregation This night  Lodgd with one Mr Norton  had a long Converſation with  them, the were Baptiſts

Thirdsday Janr 26:

in the  morning went away to anothe^r^  place, about 6 miles off, g  where we had apointed a  meeting at a Dutch mans  Houſe, we got there about 11 
about 12 went to meeting in  a Barn, the Peopl Crouded  like Bees and we had a Solem  meeting, after meeting I went  with a gentleman 2 or 3 miles  Norward, in the evening a Numr  of Neighbours Came in to  meeting tho we did not men‐ tion any meeting, and I gav^e^  a word of HExhortation  Lodgd here — —

Fryday Janr 27:

Sot off in  the morning and to Blooming  grove, about 20 miles off got  there about 5 in the after  Noon was kindly entertaind  by one Mr Brewster Lodgd  there — —

Saturday Janr 28:

was at  Mr Brewsters all Day in  the evening one Hoseah Came  to See me he is a multoe man 
Reckend a Christian man  we had Some Converſation  together in Prodigious mat ters — —

Sab: Janr 29:

preachd at the  Place to a vast Croud of People  and I had but little Senſe of  Divine things, ho[illegible]e however,  the People attended with great  attention — — towards Night went  Oxford about 4 miles off there  we had an evening meeting to  a Crouded Audience and I had  Some Senſe of Divene things &  the People were much affected  I believe Lord was with us of  Truth,— Lodgd at Deacon Little's

Monday Janr 30:

in the morning  quite early I Sot off for Smiths  Clove Deacon Little accompanied  me, got the there about 10 a 
bout 12 we began Div[illegible][guess: e] Service  and there was a great multi tude of People, and I had much free dom in Mind and Speech and many  People were melted into floods of  Tears, as Soon as the Meeting was  done I went Down to Murtherers  Ch Creek got there before night  went to Mr Woods found them all  well, in the evening went meet  ing towards the Creek, and had  Some what Solemn meeting, af ter meeting went to the Creek  and Lodgd there with one [illegible][guess: Mr –]

Tueſday Febru Janr 31:

went off early in the morning  in order to get over the River,  Stopt a little while with Mr Cloſe  at New Windſor there was no  paſsing there, and So I went to  Newborough, Breakfaſted at  Mr [gap: omitted] and then went  to the ferry, about 11 went over 
to Fiſhkills Side, and went one  to the Center of the Place, got to  the Preſbyterians Meeting Houſe  about 3 in the after-Noon, the  People Stopt me to have a meetng  on the next Day, and I went  to one [gap: omitted] and Lodgd  there, and was very kindly  treated and entertaind, —

Wedneſday: Febr 1: 1775

about 11 O:C went to meeting  and there was a great multi tude of People, and had a Solemn  meeting, As Soon as the meeting  was over, I went on towards the  mountains, Lodgd with one Mr  Judge — and was very kind ly entertaind and he Sayd, yt  ever I Shoud Come there again I  Shoud make his Houſe my Home

Thirdsday: Febr 2:

went off very  early in the morning, to a Place 
Calld the Mills, there I had a meet ing, begun about 12: preachd  in a Barn to a vast great Concorſ^e^  of People, and the Power of God  was manifeſt amongſt us, there  was great trebling among the  People after meeting went with  one Mr Lawrence a Baptiſt Minis ter he lives in the mountains, and  I Lodgd at his Houſe, —

Fryday: Febr 3:

about 12 went  to meeting, preachd to Amazing Num ber of People in the woods, and we ^had^  very good meeting the Spirit of god  moved upon the people, after meet ing went Home with Mr Lawrence, in  the Evening Mr Lawrence and I went  to Capt Champlins, and we had long  and Friendly Converſation together  in Religious Matters, Lodgd here this  Night, and was extre[illegible][guess: am]ly we[illegible][guess: ell] uſ'd  and entertain —

Saturday Morning Febr 4:

left the Place and went over  to Dover Mr Miller went with  me we got to Mr Waldos about  10: he is a Baptiſt Miniſter of  the Place, and he receivd me  with Brotherly kindneſs and Love  Lodgd here —

Sabb Febr 5

about 10 went  to meeting, and there was grea^t^  Number of People Got toge‐ ther, and I preachd with  much freedom the People were  affected many of 'em, after  meeting, went Down to New  Fairfield, got to Mr Sills be‐ fore Night, the meeting was  appointed at his Houſe, and  the People Came in So thick  there was not half Room ^enough^ for 
them, and juſt as we were  about to begin Divine Service  a Meſsenger Came from the  meeting Houſe which ^is^ a mile  off and Said there was great  Number of People got together  there, and we were obligd to  remove to the ^meetg^ Houſe and when  we got there we found a great  Number of People, the meetig  Houſe was Crouded, and the  Lord gave me freedome in  Speaking, after meeting  went back with Mr Sill and  Lodged there —

Monday: Febr 6:

in the morn-  ing went Down to a Town Houſe  of Fairfield and there Preac^hd;^  began about 12 and there was  a great Number of People got  together and we had a Comfortable 
meeting, as Soon as the metetg  was over I went towards New  Milford, got there towards Nig^ht^  Stopt at Mr Hindss: and  there were very urgent to have  me Stay and have a meeting  they Pled So hard it was very  hard for ^me^ to paſs by the them,  there was one Young Convert  in particular Intreated with  Tears in her Eyes to have me  Stay they pul'd very hard  upon my very Heart Strings  and it Hard work to get  a way from them, however  I did get a way, and went  on towards New Preſton, got  there Some Time in the eveng  put up at Mr Cogswells a  Tarvern and he gave me my  Entertainment —

Tueſday Febr 7:

Sot of very  early in the morning, and  reachd to Farmington Some  Time in the Evening, put  up at Elijah Wympy's  found them all well — —

Wedneſday Febr 8,

went  off very early in the morning  and Got So far as Mr  Cornwells East Side of the  Connecticut River a bout  10 miles, I intended to have  gone further, but the Land  Lord Cornwell u^r^gd to have  me Stay, and I Conſented  at laſt, and preſently it  was Noiſed about I was  there, and they had a Notio^[below]n^  of haveing a meeting, and  at last I Conſented, this 
was about half an hour  after Sun Set, and in about  more the Houſe was Crouded  with People. and I preached  and I had Some Freedom—  and after meeting went  to Reſt quietly, —

Thirdsday Febr 9:

took  leave of [illegible][guess: 'em] very early  in the morning, and on  my way, made but little  Stops by the way, arriv'd  to my Houſe Juſt before  Night, and found all my  family in good State of  Health, — Bleſsed be the  Lord god of Heaven & Earth  for his goodneſs to me and  to my Family, that he has  carried me out and brought