Samuel Ashpo, confession, 1742 February 12

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abstractAshpo confesses to forsaking the rules of Christian marriage by taking another wife after discovering that his first wife has been unfaithful.

handwritingHandwriting is somewhat informal yet clear and legible.

paperSingle small sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

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Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

The confession of Samuel Ashpo of Mohegan
Some time Ago I went to Sea and was Gone 14 months When I Came  home I understood by Common public Report which had gained   Credit with Many and So far a I know a General belief the my  wife had before Sufficient Evidence been Guilty of gross adultery   In my absence and that She had for some time accompanied and traveled   about the Country with the Man She had been thus Guilty with  and that She was published to him — I Waited Some considerable  time to See if She would not come and make an acknowledgement   to me, and ask my forgiveness but She Did not Come than I took  another Wife after the Indian Manner—a few Days after she was married but Since I was  married I am Convinced that what I have Done was Evil in the  Sight of God and have been very Sorry
1. that I Cast her off without a trial of the Case and proving the fact  against her
2. in that Seeing She [gap: blotted_out] Did not Come to me that I Did not go  to her and use Endeavours to Convince her of her sin
3. I am sorry that I was married in the old Indian mode and not in  a Christian manner— and Whereas I was under some small Concern  and had Set up the form of Religion in my family before I was mar‐ ‐ried and Such a procedure being So Contrary to the Laws and Rules  of Jesus Christ I am afraid it has been and will yet be unproved  much to the dishonour of God and Prejudice of Religion. Which  I have a Great desire So far as in me Lies to prevent but at  present know not how better than by confessing of it in the most  open manner to God and man and asking pardon and forgiveness of  all which I heartily do. and resolve by the help of Divine Grace  to Live Devoted to God and act in all respects according to the Laws  of Jesus Christ for time to Come
Samuel Ashpo
Lebanon  February 12. AD. 1742, 3.
Samuel Ashpo's Confession  AD 1742, 3.
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