Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Correspondents, 1765 May 10

Author Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

Date10 May, 1765

ms number765310.1

abstractThe Board votes to send C.J. Smith to Europe to collect funds, to ask General Gage for help, to increase Occom’s pension to relieve his poverty, and to employ him as a missionary to the Six Nations if he doesn’t go to Europe.

handwritingUnknown hand, possibly that of Nathaniel Whitaker, is formal and clear.

paperSingle small sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


EventsBuilding of Occom’s house, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain, Occom returns to Mohegan

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At a meeting of the Board of Correspondents in the Colony of Connecticut on the 10th Day of may 1765 at the house of John Ledyard Esq. in Hartford
Voted, That the Clerk, in the name of this board, make application to the Rev. Charles Jeffery Smith to go to Europe to Solicit Charities for the Support of missionaries and the School under the Care of the Rev. Mr. Wheelock of Lebanon.
Voted, That the Secretary, in the name of this board, address General Gage for his countenance and Such favours as he Shall be pleased to grant to the missionaries and schoolmasters that are going among the Six nations next Summer.
Voted, That the President and Secretary with the Rev. Mr. Pomeroy make out commissions for the missionaries, and recommendations for the schoolmasters who are gone and going to the Six Nations this season.
The Rev. Mr. Samson Occom put in a memorial to this Board, representing his present pressing circumstances arising from the smallness of his former allowance; the greatness of his family; the extraordinary and necessary expenses in moving his family from Long Island to Mohegan, in which passage he lost by distress of weather a considerable part of what he had; although Some Christian friends at Rhode Island were generous to him in this distress; by his building a house for him and his family to live in, and by extraordinary Company; by all which he is con­siderably involved in debt whereby he is reduced to great Straights, and impeded in his ministerial business and usefulness. This Board tak­ing these things into consideration determine, in case said Mr. Occom shall not go to England with Mr. Whitefield or Some man appointed by us for that purpose, that he be imployed as a missionary among the Six nations the next Summer, and that he have a reasonable allow­ance from this Board for that Service, and that we will use our endea­vours that his debts be discharged as Soon as charities can be obtained.
May 10th 1765