Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1761 June 24

Author Occom, Samson

Date24 June, 1761

ms number761374

abstractOccom reports from New York that collections were taken and recommendations written in support of his mission.

handwritingHandwriting is slanting and somewhat crowded, but largely clear and legible

paperTwo large sheets are in fair condition, with moderate creasing, staining and wear.

inkDark brown.

noteworthyThe year of the letter is catalogued as June 1761, but the trailer gives a date of 1762.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

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We reach'd New York ye 15 Inſt, and to my Surprize, the Genltemen had Concluded, not Send me at all, and all the Reaſon that they Can give is, they are affrai[illegible: [guess: r]]d, the Indians will kill me, I told them, they Cou'd not kill ^me^ but once, and told them I intended to Proceed on my Journey, and if I Periſh for want of Support, I Periſh,—But I intended to uſe your Money Sir, that David has with him; and when they Perceiv'd my Reſolutions, they Emediately Conſulted the matter, and Concluded, that I Shoud go, and ^a^ Collection Shou'd be made for me, and Recommendations Shou'd bye Sendt by me to Genl Amhurſt and to Sir William
And the whole Matter is Acompliſh'd to my Surprize beyound all my expectations, The Laſt Sabbath after the after Noon Service was over, at Mr Boſtweck's Con­gregation, they made a Collection for me and my Family's Support, and it munted to £60:ſ15:d7 and Monday Evening the Baptiſts made a Collection for me at their Meeting Houſe, and it mounted to £13:0:0— And ^my^ Recommendations are done by the Moſt Noted Gentlemen of this Place, not only to the genrals, but to other genn of their Aquantance, from this City to the further moſt Engliſh Settlements,— the People are uncommonly kind to us in this great City;— But we live ^in ye Suburbs^ with one obediah Wells and old Diſciple — I am invited to the City Every Day to Dine with Some gentleman or other; Som times Two or three Invitations at once,
Eſpiceally the Miniſter, of all Sects and Denomina^tions^ are Extreamly Kind to me,— Yeſteday ^3 o'c PM^ I was Intro to wait upon his Honor, Colden Preſident and Com­mander in Chief in ^the^ Province of N:York, and wiſh'd me Good Succees and Gave me ^good^ advice and Counſil, —I believe tomorrow Morning we Shall out from here on our way to Onoyda,
Pleaſe to remember us ^in^ your Fatherly Prays Continually, Except Duty, and Sutable Re­gards to the Family from
Your Moſt obediant Indian Son, Samſon Occom The Revd Mr Wheelock
I deliver'd £53:ſ7:d10 to Mr William Hedges of Eaſt- hampton, for the Support of my Family S:O:
The Letters that I have to the Genrals are Sign'd by The Hon.le Wm Smith Esqr Revd [illegible]David Boſtwick Mr PVB Livingſton Mr David Vanhorne Will.m Livingston Esqr
M.r Occum's May 1762 Rec.d £20 of Comiſsrs and to draw on them for Laſt Winter—
To The Rev:d Eleazer Wheelock at Lebanon, N:England Theſe
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