David McClure and Levi Frisbie, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 May 28

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abstractMcClure and Frisbie write to suggest that Occom join them on the mission soon to be undertaken near the Ohio.

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Rev. and dear sir // 
To Rev. Samson Occom May 28. 1772
You have doubtless been informed of the   desire of the Indians who live near the Ohio, to have english missio‐ naries Come among them to instruct them in the great truth of the  Gospel and of the applications they have  repeatedly made in the Synod of New York to send them missio‐ naries for that purpose; we your friends, educated with reference to  the important design of spreading abroad among them the knowledge  of the only true God and his Son our blessed Redeemer, though in our= selves every way unworthy and unqualified for so important a business  were the last week solemly ordained with a design to set out  for that Country in a short time. The undertaking is great —  but we hope we trust in God for support and Strength and that he  will mercifully preserve our Lives amid the many dangers we  expect will surround us; We think we are moved hereto from  a desire to be instrumental to reclaim those poor deluded [illegible][guess: im‐] [illegible][guess: matals] from their ignorance and Barbarism to a knowledge of the Gospel.  We heartily join in every opening of divine providence for this de‐ sirable End.
And as, Sir, we understand that not far from the  place where we are going there are a Tribe of Indians who talk 
the Mohegan Language, And where probably a missionary  especially one whose native Language is their own would meet a kind reception  We would therefore take this opportunity to  manifest how very agreeable to us it would be, should  you think but to make a trial with us . And we are  persuaded that according to human probability the prospect  of your being eminently survivable among them is very  great. Your Influence would be much greater than  any english missionary's would be. the prejudice they  naturally imbibe and which have among many tribes proved an  effectual bar against their cordial reception of English mis‐ sionaries would have no room to exercise itself Should You  go . We shall probably continue some time among  them if we can with safety continue
And we hope, Sir, you will think favourably  of such a project and that the Lord will clear your way and your [illegible] inclined to comply  with the present agreeable opening. We earnestly ask  your fervent Prayers for us that God would graciously  manifest his favor and guide and direct us through all our way and makes us  instrumental of great Good among the Heathen.
[illegible] [illegible: [guess: are]]  with much Affection and Esteem Your Cordial Wellwisher[illegible: [guess: s]]   in this Lord — David McClure Levi Frisbie
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