Solomon Williams, letter, to Andrew Oliver, 1751 October 7


abstractWilliams gives his opinion of the recent decision by the Boston Commissioners to send Samson Occom on a mission to Susquehanna and to pay him 20 pounds sterling per annum. He notes that, though Occom intends to marry, he has assured Williams this would not interfere with his missionary work.

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noteworthyAs noted in the trailer, this document is Williams's copy of his own letter.

EventsOccom’s Marriage

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 Honoured Sir
On the 7 of September I received from you the vote of the Honourable Commissi­ oners respecting Samson Occom signifying   that the said Samson (upon the de sire of the Rev. Mr. Pemberton of New York)  their [guess: Judination] that He should go on a mission to Susquehanna and offi ciate as a catechist, and that They have voted  him after the Rate of Twenty pounds Sterling  per Annum and are pleased to desire My opinion  respecting Their votes. I take leave to Inform  you That Samson when he was last here  intimated his desire to Marry a woman at  Montauk. I advised him to be Cautious in  choosing a wife lest he should Put himself in  such circumstances as Might Render him less  able to answer the design of his Education  it being uncertain where the Commissioners  would employ him. he said his Marrying there  would not prevent his readiness to go where  the Commisioners should please to send him  Either on the Island or the Main. I am not  so acquainted with the prospect of his doing  service at Susquehanna as to be able to Judge  whether his going there  be advisable I know not [illegible][guess: but]. The salary may at present be Sufficient to Support  Him. In these Things I beg to be excused from  offering my advice. I desired only to know what the plea sure of the Commissioners was that I might  be able to direct him so long as They thought fit  to give him their orders through My hands.—
I am Sir with all due respect your humble servant  Solomon Williams
Copy of My letter to  Mr. Oliver October 7 1751