John Sergeant, letter, to Peter Thacher, 1788 May 19

Author Sergeant, John

Date19 May, 1788

ms number788319

abstractSergeant writes of a division within the Stockbridge Tribe regarding his position as minister, as opposed to Occom's. He reports that Occom has been resorting to unkind means to support his own position.

handwritingHandwriting is small, but largely clear and legible.

paperSingle large sheet folded in half to make four pages in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyThe last words of lines 28 and 29 on one recto spill over onto the page behind it (two recto).

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Reverend and Dear Sir
I received yours encloſing the Bills last Fryday thank you kindly for your attention to the buſineſs I thought it might be agreeable to you and the Com==miſsioners in general to be informed that in com==pliance with their direction; I have made application to the neighbouring Miniſters for Ordination. incloſed I send coppies which will give you the full infor=mation of the buſineſs. conclude it is perfectly agree=able to the wiſh of the Board, who command the line of my conduct in the buſiniſs of my miſsion —
It was thought beſt I should be ordained at large for several reaſons. There could be but few of my people preſent. Mr Kirkland has told me that he informd the Board of some diſputes and Diviſions that had taken place among my people laſt summer before my new appointment. dont fully know in what light he repreſented the matter. Think he could know but little of their preſent situation and feelings to==wards me, in a view of my new appointment having had no oppertunity with them since laſt fall & the begining of winter before they had knowledge of my being again put into the miſsion. I have not time Sir to relate to you the perticulars of their diſputes will only mention, the diſpute began upon this queſtion, wheather they had better take Mr Ocam or myself for their Miniſter, as he was about to settle in a neighbouring Town, expecting to have him part of the time and could support him eaſier than myſelf — in their ^diviſion^ of the Tribe on the queſtion, there were 30 for Mr O — 50 for myſelf. Since my new ap==pointment about half of the 30 have openly left Mr O.— I hant time Sir to mention some unkind mea==ſures Mr O — has taken to support his wiſh — but only mention that the bigger half of my people are so prej[illegible][guess: d]ud[illegible][guess: uce]d againſt Mr O — that I sincerely believe if I was to leave them, they would be the moſt un=happy people in the world — in short the Tribe broken up, and come to ruin. Having theſe views of their of their situation induced me to say what I did to the Commiſsioners concerning the importance of my Miſsion.
The Chief, and only supporter of Mr Occoms Intreſt made that speach to me which you find in my J[illegible]ournal This view of the situation of my people which is well known to the gentlemen here, has been another reaſon why my ordination has been in the manner it is. in the diviſion of the old profeſsors of religion belonging to the stockbridge church there were 10 Mr O. 16 for myſelf. I have written this Sir in ſome haſt you will pleaſe to excuſe it — my time very much taken up. I expect to set out for the Wildnerneſs god willing tomorrow. [illegible]hope I may be the means of union & happineſs among my people I know they have all a strong affection for me
I remain Rev..nd Sir your moſt obliged friend and Brother John Sergeant Revd Mr Thatcher
Mr Sargeant's Letter 1788
The Reverend Peter Thatcher Boston
[right]Favoured by Hon.ble Mr Sedgweck
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