Solomon Williams, letter, to Secretary Willard, 1751 July 24

Author Williams, Solomon

Date24 July, 1751

ms number751424

abstractWilliams writes to relate the circumstances regarding Occom's school at Montauk, and the uncertainty of his future there.

handwritingHandwriting is is loose, informal and frequently difficult to decipher. There are several abbreviations, deletions, and additions.

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

inkInk is mostly brown-black, although a note is added to the bottom of one verso in darker ink.

noteworthyThe text added to the bottom of one verso appears to be meant as addition to the text of the letter; however, the difficulty of deciphering Williams's hand renders it uncertain as to where the text belongs.

signatureInitials only.

EventsOccom leaves his studies

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Honourd Sir
When I was At Boſton ^ye laſt Fall^ I informed Mr Oliver & the Revd Dr Sewal of ye Circumſtances of Samſon Occom an Indian youth Educated principally at the Charge of the Honbl Commiſsioners whom they had been pleaſed to Deſire me to direct ſince his Incapacity to purſue his ſtudies any farther By Reaſon of the weakneſs of his Eies. ^[illegible] Accordingly I [illegible] directed to keep an Indn Scholol at Montauk^. Dr Sewal told me he Spuppoſed the Commiſsioners wd allow him a Proper Sallery for teaching School He was with Me Early in the Spring, & Informd Me that he had not Recd anything, & that Mr Maltbie by direction from the ^Revd Mr Burr^ had wrote to him to Come to New York ^in order [illegible][guess: to his] going^ to Aſsiſt in teaching. M r Brinerds Indians, & that Mr Burr had ^directed him ſo [illegible] by^ Encouragement from the Commiſsioners that He ſhould be orderd there. Upon which I wrote an act of the Matter & the State of the Indians at Montauk, & ye Circumſtances of Samſon but have Recd No Anſwer, & before I went down to Commencement I head Samſon was gone to Mr Braynerd, & therefore Concluding the Commiſsioners had diſchargd Me from any further Concern abt him I Said nothing to any of the Genn when I was at Boſton. but He is now Come o‐ver again & is as much at aloſs as Ever he was & deſires Me to Endr to [illegible]be Informd of ^wt ^ the Commiſsioners wt they wd have him do — ^underſtang Honrd ſir that you are one of Them^ I take leave therefore to inform you Sir that there are 31 Families of Indians at Montauk on Long Iſland where ſamſon has been keeping School a year & half & has Never Recd Any thing [illegible] but Abt 40 ſhil in york Mony beſide wt the Indians Themſelves have given him who have been & are ſo deſirous of his teaching School among them they they have to their Power [illegible] beyond their Power [illegible][illegible][guess: ]Contri‐^buted towards^for his Support He has had about 30 Schollers & More wd have come but their Parents were ſo poor as not to be able to do any thing for the
Support of Schoolmaſters. the Indians He tells Me they are ſtill Exceeding ^very^ deſirous of his Continiance there but Complain they are ſo Poor they dont know how to pay him, & think the Commiſsioners are not So Kind to them as to other Indians. The young Man is willing to Stay there Still if he cd have a Support He has been very Serviceable among them ^in [illegible][guess: promotg Learng ] & Religion as^ I am In‐formd by others as well as from the Act he gives of [illegible] ^of his Schollers & ye [illegible] of ye Indians^ Particularly by a Lr from the Rvd Mr Horton their Miniſter which I left with Mr Oliver the laſt [illegible][guess: year]Fall. Samſon Informs me He is very much Sollicited by the [illegible]Naraganſet Indians to keep School There & that there is great need of a School & is willing to be Entir‐ly directed by the Commiſsioners. As he comes to Me from time to time for direction & I have no order to give him any, I thought it My duty to let you know this ^[illegible][guess: ſhort]^ State of the Affair, & doubtleſs the Honbl Comiſsioners may find ſome more ſuitable Perſon to have the Care of directing him. [illegible]I ſhall ^be glad to be^ Eaſed Me of The Fruitleſs trouble of hearing ſo often of his Circumſtances & being neither able to direct him nor do any thing for him. wiſhg ye Div.n Bleſsing upon ye Pious & Noble Deſign of Promotg Xtn Knowledge & Relign among ye Indns I am Sr with great Reſpect your Moſt obt Humbe Servt S W
Leb : July 24. 1751.
[bottom]aſkd by the Counsel in order [illegible] a Reſult Agreeable to him. but wch have a Tendency to Render Eccleſiastical Councils Ridiculous & the Reſult, Contimptible & Mankind will be apt to [illegible] yt if a [illegible] Sallery Stands in ye way or c.d be found & his [illegible] [illegible] In Nomeni Domini is — Muſt be done.