Samson Occom, letter, to Mary Occom, 1763 June 1

Author Occom, Samson

Date1 June, 1763

ms number763351

abstractOn the eve of his departure for a mission, Occom writes with instructions for management of the farm in his absence.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible, though letter case is frequently difficult to decipher, especially with regard to the letters “s” and “y.”

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair-to-poor condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthyOn two verso, adhered to the top-left corner of the page, is a typed note that reads: “307 OCCOM, Samson. Famous Indian preacher. A. L. S. 1 p. 4to. 1763. Fine and very rare .................. 4 00” This piece of paper and the remnants of modern paper on the edge of two verso suggest that the letter may have been glued into a book to be sold. The letter is stuck together at the center and does not open completely.

EventsOccom’s Third Mission to the Oneidas

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My Dear
I am yet at New York and I expect to set off tomorrow morning on my Journey, I have been very well Since I came from Home, and hope theſe few Lines may find you all in good Health, I have left a five pound Bill in Mr Wells’s Hands to be convey’d to You for our Family’s uſe; — as soon as Graſs is fit to Cut do you hire Hands to get four or five Load of Hay, I dont know what time I shall get Home, but I believe it will be late in the fall if I shou’d live — Remember god and truſt in him at all Time — I Shall write to you as often as I Can,
I am your true and Loving Huſband Samſon Occom New York June 1: 1763
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