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.

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

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Most kind Madam
I have been constantly upon a go Since I got home from Boston, I have missed two opportunities Since a gentleman from Boston called on me one Morning, I forgot to ask his name he stayed 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 preached at Natick in the fore noon to a large auditory, for a Short-Notice, the Indians there, are almost extinct, — as Soon as meeting was over I went on my way, and was desired to Stop to Preach in many Places by the way and I might have stayed by the way Preaching to this Day, but I complied with none, — and a Thursday about noon I reached Home, and through 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]ors Continue as thick as ever, I expect[illegible] a great Company of Indians this week from Several Tribes, — I waited on Sir William Johnson the week before last, at Fishers Island, and he appears very Friendly , — 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 conferred 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  humble servant Samson Occom
September 21: 1773