Mary Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 July 15


abstractWhile her husband is in Great Britain, Mary Occom writes that her family has no corn and is in great want. She appeals to Wheelock for aid.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, clear and legible.

paperSingle, medium-sized sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthyThe letter is dated July 15, 1767; the trailer, however, notes the date as May 15, 1767. Above the trailer is a section of deleted text in which the date July 1767 can be made out.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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

  Rev. Sir  
these may inform you that I am out of Corn,  and have no Money to buy any with, and am  afraid we Shall suffer for want, and Sir if you  will be pleased to help me in my distress,  Either by Sending some Money or by Any  other way so that I have it I Shall take it  as a great favour, be pleased to accept of  my Kind love to yourself and Madam and to all  your Family
Sir I am your most obedient  and very humble servant   Mary Occom
P.S. I Sent to Mr. Breed for Corn, and  he Could not let me have any.
  Mary Occom  May 15. 1767 
To the Rev.  Mr. Eleazar Wheelock  in  Lebanon