Solomon Williams, letter, to Andrew Oliver, 1750 April 16


abstractWilliams writes to Oliver that he has advised Occom, who has been successfully teaching the Indians at Montauk for the last six months, to remain with them and await orders from the Commissioners. He includes an extract of a letter from Azariah Horton asking for an extension of Occom's services.

handwritingFormal handwriting is very neat and clear; it is not Williams's. The trailer, however, is in Williams's hand.

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EventsOccom’s Mission to the Montauketts

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

Honoured Sir 
This waits on you to inform [gap: hole][guess: ] the honourable Commissioners  that Samson Occom the Indian under your care was with  me on Saturday last from Long Island, where he has been  keeping school among the Indians at Montauk for  6 months past. He tells me he has had about 40 Children  who have steadily attended his school and made good profici= ‐ency, and the Indians have given him his board and  about £10 York money, and some English People have con= tributed 40[illegible][guess: s] more. The Indians are very desirous of his  continuance in the School 6 months longer and offer  him £13 York money; I am informed from Mr. Horton the  Gentleman who has the care of those Indians that Samson  has been serviceable to them on religious accounts and very  much helped them against some wild enthusiastical Notions  they had been led into by some foolish Indian Exhorters, and  given them more just thoughts of the nature of Religion.  I am told by Samson that Mr. Pemberton and Burr are  desirous to have him in the Jersies. His eyes have been at  times something better but are not so well as that He ca[gap: tear][guess: n]  pursue his Studies. I have advised him to go back to  the Indians at Montauk, but not to engage for any  certain time 'til the pleasure of the Commissioners be known —  with due respects I am
sir your very humble servant  Solomon Williams
To Andrew Oliver Esq.  Copy
Extract of Mr. Azariah Hortons Letter dated Montauk  September 6. 1750. to the Rev. Mr. Solomon Williams which he sent  forward for the Government of the Commissioners
"Understanding that the Commissioners had referred Samson "Occom to your care and advice, and his half years agree= "ment with my People being almost expired I now use  "the freedom to advise you by a Line with respect to his  "continuance among them –– I most humbly and  "importunately beg your countenance and leave in the  "Affair.
Upon this the Commissioners on 14 November following voted That  Samson Occom be permitted to keep the School at Mon= tauk for 6 months longer.  And on 5 May 1751. Consented to his going to the Jersies
and from thence to Susquehanna, Mr. Williams having  first mentioned the thing, if not approving, yet  expressing no dislike to the Proposal, since which  I do not remember ever to have received a Line from Mr.  Williams about it, and verily believe I never did as I  am always careful to file all Letters which concern  the Commissioners
I am sir  your most obedient servant  Andrew Oliver    Boston 24 August 1751.    Honourable Mr. Secretary Willard. 
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Copy of My letter to  Mr. Oliver, Mr. Hor tons letter to Me.