Samson Occom, Journal, 1785 December 5 to 14

Author Occom, Samson

Date5-14 December 1785

ms number785655

abstractOccom details his travels as an itinerant preacher.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible. There are several uncrossed t's and crossed l's, which the transcriber has corrected.

paperSeveral small sheets folded into a booklet are in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining and wear. There is some repair work on the heavy central crease of the outer pages.

inkBrown ink varies in intensity.

noteworthyThe booklet is bound with a small pin, which is visible on the images of three verso and four recto. There is a red wax-pencil mark on one recto. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added notes and overwrites in black ink; these edits have not been included in the transcription.

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MondDay Decr 5: 1785

got up very early, and Prayd together & Soon after Prayer I went to Mr Clarks. and from there to Mr Holmss, I [illegible]rid Mr Clarks mare and Came directly back, for Mr Dake was waiting for me to Carry me in his Slay to Balls Town; about 9: we Sot off, & to Balls about 12: and I put up in Mr Weeds Houſe, and he receivd me kindly; (abou^t^ [gap: tear]2 went to meeting and there wa^s^ a little Number of People and I preachd to them from Acts, XIII. 30: and there was great Seriouſneſs in the aſem‐ bly. after meeting went to Mr Weeds and took Some Victua^ls^ and al) Lodged Some Time in the evening, a man Came to the Houſe and deſired me to go to See a man that was very Sick, and I went directy and Soon got there, a bout
eight O: C, and found the man very Sick his Name is Mr Theophilus Hide, and was greatly Deſirous to be Baptiſd and I [illegible] Examind and found him much Diſtreſt about his Soul, and I endeavourd to Explaind to him the Nature of Baptiſm, and finding him to underſtand Some thing of the Nature of Baptiſm & he earneſtly Deſirin[illegible]g it, So at laſt I Concented it and I Baptiſed him — and his wife was alſo greatly Exer ciſed a bout her Soul, and they wanted to have their Child Baptiſed alſo, but I declined — and I lodgd there and Docr Jerviſs was there all Night. —

Tueſday Decemr 6:

after Brea faſt went to Mr Weeds in a Slay Mr Hide Carried me, got to Mr
Weed Some Time before noon about 1 went into the meeting Houſe, and there but few People the Smalleſt Congregation I have had in theſe parts, and I Spoke from Acts VIII: 30: the People attend ed well, — went with one Mr Hollister and in the evening, there a Num ber of Neighbours Came in and my good old Friends Mr Larkins and his wife Came in alſo, I was well acquainted with them on Long Island, and we were very glad to See one another, and 2 of their Children Came in alſo a Son and Daughter, a likely young Folks, — and we had very agreable Exerciſe with my Cards and we Sung and Prayd together and then I went home with Mr Larkins and Lodged there and was extreamly well receivd & Treated, went to bed late and Slept Comfortablely —

Wedneſday Decr 7:

after Break faſt Mr Holliſter Came to Mr Larkins with a Slay to Carry to meeting Mrs Larkins and her Daughter Bettſey went with us in the Slay,; we got the meeting a bou^t^ 10: and the people had not got together but few, and we Stayd till a bout 12 w and went in to a School, Houſe and there was prety good number of People & I Spoke from 1 Peter 1:24 — and there was great Solemnity in the Asembly, Soon after I went to one Mr Jeremiah Bettys Houſe and a number of People went alſo, and the man deſired me to Baptiſe his Child, the woman was of Baptiſt Perſwaſion, Yet She gave her ful Concent, and after Examination, I got up to Show the Nature of offering a Child unto god in Baptiſm & the woman was much afected
and I Proceeded to Baptiſe the Child, — after that, I Sot down to eat with them, Soon after, I went to Mr Palmmers, and in the Evening, w[illegible]e again [illegible][guess: w]I had Ex erciſe with my Cards there was a Number of Young People and they behaved well, — late in the evening I went to Bed quietly once more, the Lord the^be^ Praiſed —

Thirdsday Decr 8:

got up very early, and Mrs Palmmer got Brea^k^ faſt early and Soon after eating I went of to a meeting North part of Ball's Town, to Preach got to the Mr weeds Some Time in the morning, and Stayd Some Time, and one Mr Sprague Come with a Slay for me, and we went off Directly, and got to Mr Spragues a bout 12: and took Dinner with them, and then directly went to meeting, and there was a great number
of People, and I Spoke from John XVII. 3: and there was a great and moſt Solemn attenti on there were many Tears — Soon after meeting I went di rectly back with Mr Spragues Folks; and went directly to Mr Turners, and had a mee^t^ ing there in the Evening, and there was a Number of People again they Crouded the Houſe and I preachd. from Hebre – 2: 3: and I belive the Lord was preſent, I had Some Senſe of Divine things, and the People were greatly affected, there was a flood of Tears, — I Lodgd at the Same Houſe —

Fryday, Decr 9:

Some Time after Breakfaſt, I went of a young man went with me I Call on Colol Gordon, and he Treated me very kindly
woud had me Stay to Dine with him, but I Coud not Stay, and So went on Soon, Calld on [gap: omitted] but Stay but few mi[illegible]ntes and So went on, got to Mr weeds be fore Noon, and was there till a bout Sun Sit; and then Mr Holleſter Came with his Slay for me, and we[illegible]nt with him directly, and got to his[illegible] Houſe and got there Some Time in the Evining. and when, we ^got^ ^there^ found a number of Friends together waiting for us; and I Sot a litle while, and I began with them with my Cards and we had Very agreable Exer ciſe, and we Sot up late and finally we brok up, and I went to be[illegible][guess: g]d quietely once more; Bleſsed be the name of the Lord for his goodneſs to me

Saturday Decr 10,

Some Time after Breakfaſt went to Mr Larkins and took Dinner with them, and Soon after Dinner I went back to Mr Ho[illegible]lleſters Call, an Mr Bettys, and Sot only few minutes, and went on, — and Some Time in the afr noon, Mr Holleſter got his Slay ready and we went on, Mr Amos Larkin, Mr Ely and a woman went with us, and we got to Mr Rogerss juſt before Sun Sit, and we Stopt there a while, took Tea with them, — and Soon after Tea we went on, and Calld on Mr Clarke, a few minutes and then we went on to good old Mr North^rop^ and there I Lodgd, we had Some agreable Exerciſe with my Cards only with the old People and one young man, I read
a great Number of the Cards after they had Choſen each of them a Text —

Sabb: Decr 11

After Breakfaſt went to Mr Clarkes and abou^t^ 11 the People began to Collect faſt, and a Prodigious numbe^r^ of People Gathered, — and I began the Exerciſe about 1 and I Spoke from, Cant, 2 ^16^ and I think the Lord was pre‐ ſent, the People attended with all attention, and there was great Solemnity and many Tears were Shed, and I beli^v^e the People will not forget this Sabbath Soon, eſpecially Some after meeting took Dinner with Mr Clark — and in the evening, I went to one Mr Brown, to attend ^upon^ the Young with my Cards and there was a Prodigious Number of Peop^le^
old and Young, and we had had very agreable Exerciſe it was a Solemn Night, and [illegible] the People, old angd young I believe will not forget it all their Days, and I hope & pray, that it may be a Night to be rememberd to the Glory of God — Choice Portions of Scriptures were Sown [illegible]this Night among the People as they never had; — we broke up near midnight, and I went to Mr Benjamins, and it was Rainy, — and went to bed late

Monday Decr 12:

Some Time in the morning, I went to Mr Clarkes, and from thence to Mr Holms's, and was there till about 2 in the after noon and there was a Young man Came to fetch me from Galla way, and I went off with him
directly, and we got to Mr Andierſon's near night where I am to marry a Cupple of Scotch Folks and they receivd me with all kindneſs and Friend ſihp, Lodged there and had a Comfortable reſt, —

Tueſday Decr 13:

we all got up very early, and they got Breakfaſt Soon, — and we wait ‐ed for weddeners, and about 1 o.c they Came, and a young man went out with a bottle to meet them and treated them round before they Came into the Houſe, and Soon after they got into the Houſe, we proceede^d^ in Celebratidng the ordernance of Marriage, — and as Soon as it was over we Sat down to Dinner, and w^h^en that was over, the weddeners Sot of
to the North end of gallaway, — and I returned to 5000 A[illegible]ires, and got to Mr Holms juſt before Sun Sit, and in the evening a number of Peop^le^ came in and we had exerciſe with my notes, and it was quite agreable, and wen^t^ bed late, —

Wedneſday, Decr 14:

This morn ing Converſation, with Mr Coffin, the Univerſaliſt Prea^ch^ er, the Same I had Conver‐ ſation with the other Day, he is a very bold Creature about 10: I went of to go to one Mr Wakemans and had a meeting there, and there was ^[illegible]^ a goodly num ber of People, [illegible]after meeting