Mary Secutor, confession, 1768 March 11

ms-number768211.2

doi
10.1349/ddlp.627

abstractSecutor confesses to drunkeness and rude conduct at a tavern.

handwritingHandwriting is possibly that of Bezaleel Woodward. It is formal and clear. The hand is the same as in manuscript 768211.1

paperSmall single sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkStrong black-brown ink bleeds through the paper.

noteworthyThe contents of this document are very similar to those of manuscript 768211.1.

signatureThe signature is possibly in Secutor's hand.

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

I Mary Secutor do with shamefacedness acknowledge that on the evening of the 8th instant I was guilty of going to the tavern and tarrying there with much rude and vain company'til a very unseasonable time of night, where was dancing and other rude and unseemly conduct, and in particular drinking too much spirituous liquor whereby I was exposed to commit many gross sins, which offence is doubly aggra‐vated in that it is a direct violation of a late promise I have publicly made before this school — all which wicked and Sinful conduct of mine, I am fully sensible is much to the dishonour of God and very prejudicial to the design and reputation of this school, and in opposition to the good of my own soul and the souls of my mates — for which I deserve to be turned out of this school and be deprived of all the pri‐vileges of it — I desire to lie low in the dust therefore and do now ask forgiveness of God, the Rev. Dr. Wheelock, his family and school, and all others whom I have hereby offended — and I desire now with my whole heart to renew my former engagement that I will never more drink any spirituous liquor on any occasion where necessity does not require it , and I do promise that (by the grace of god) I will amend my past life and never offend
by any of the like or any other misconduct. for time to come — And desire once more to warn all my mates not to take occasion by this or any other instance of my misconduct, to commit the like or any other evil — and I beg the privilege of continuing still a member of this school and that I may enjoy the privileges of it, for a trial of the sincerity of this my confession and my engagements for an amendment of life
Lebanon — } March 11th 1768} Present.{Dr. Wheelock  {Bezaleel Woodward
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