Samson Occom, letter, to Susanna Wheatley, 1773 September 21

Author Occom, Samson

Date21 October, 1773

ms number773521

abstractOccom writes that he preached at Natick after leaving Boston, and thereafter turned down a number of requests to stop along his way home and deliver more sermons. He also met with Sir William Johnson at Fishers Island.

handwritingHand is clear and legible, with some deletions and additions.

paperPaper is heavily reinforced, which makes it difficult to determine exact condition, yet there appears to be only light creasing, staining and wear. A small tear results in minor loss of text

inkDark brown-black

noteworthyOccom mentions Phillis Wheatley, the slave poet. At the bottom of one verso an illegible word or words is written upside-down, and is cut off. The identities of "your other sister," "Little Miss," and "child" -- all mentioned in the closing salutation -- are uncertain and so they have been left untagged.

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Most kind Madam
I have been Conſtantly upon a go Since I got home from Boſton, I have miſt two opportunities Since a gentleman from Boſton Call'd on me one Morning, I forgot to aſk his name he Stayd but 3 or 4 minutes, I Sent a verbal meſsage by him, to let you know we were well and I heard this week, you was very low laſt week, — Tueſday after I left Boſton — I preachd at Natick in the fore noon to a large Aditory, for a Short-Notice, the Indians there, are almoſt extinct, — as Soon as meeting was over I went on my way, and was[illegible] Invited Deſir'd to Stop to Preach in many Places by the way and I might have Stayd by the way Preaching to this Day, but I Complyd with none, — and a Thirdsday about noon I got Home I reachd Home, and thro' the goodneſs of god I found my Family in Good State of Health, and the Same goodneſs we are well to this Hour, and it is a Time of Health in our Place, — my viſi[gap: tear][guess: t] ir^[illegible]^s Continue as thick as ever, I expect[illegible] a grea^t^ Company of Indians this week from Several Tribes, — I waited on Sir William ^Jhonſon^ the week before laſt, at Fiſhes Island, and he appears very Friendly to me, — I have Some Thoughts of Taking a Tour to viſit ^the^ Indians in the wilderneſs this fall, if my Health will permit the Lord Support ^you^ under your great afflictions and Bleſs theſe Troubles for your Eternal good, — and the Lord remember your great kindneſs to me and mine
and reward you a Thouſand fold in Eternal rewards — I want much to hear from your Dear Son and Phillis, — I hope in god, we Shall meet in a better World than this, where all Sin and Sor- row Shall forever Ceaſe — I return you once more moſt Hearty and Sincere thanks for all the Favours you have Shown and Confir'd upon me and mine, Pleaſe to remember me to Dear Mr Wheatley and your Dear Siſter Mitchel, to your other Siſter, to ^Miſſ Amey^, and to the Little Miſs, and Servants, — My Wife and ^child^ Join me in Grateful reſpect to you — I am most kind Madam,
Your moſt obliged and very  Huml [illegible] Servt Samson Occom
Sepr 21: 1773