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

Author Occom, Samson[pers0030.ocp]

21 September 1773[1773-10-21]

ms number773521

[note (type: abstract): Occom 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.][note (type: handwriting): Hand is clear and legible, with some deletions and additions.][note (type: paper): Paper 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][note (type: ink): Dark brown-black][note (type: noteworthy): Occom 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[pers0574.ocp]
I have been [Conſtantly | constantly]Conſtantlyconstantly upon a go Since I got home from [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp], I have [miſt | missed]miſtmissed two opportunities Since a gentleman from [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp] [Call'd | called]Call'dcalled on me one Morning, I forgot to [aſk | ask]aſkask his name he [Stayd | stayed]Staydstayed but 3 or 4 minutes, I Sent a verbal [meſsage | message]meſsagemessage by him, to let you know we were well and I heard this week, you was very low [laſt | last]laſtlast week, — [Tueſday | Tuesday]TueſdayTuesday after I left [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp] — I [preachd | preached]preachdpreached at Natick[place0153.ocp] in the fore noon to a large [Aditory | auditory]Aditoryauditory, for a Short-Notice, the Indians there, are [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost extinct, — as Soon as meeting was over I went on my way, and was[illegible] Invited [Deſir'd | desired]Deſir'ddesired to Stop to Preach in many Places by the way and I might have [Stayd | stayed]Staydstayed by the way Preaching to this Day, but I [Complyd | complied]Complydcomplied with none, — and a [Thirdsday | Thursday]ThirdsdayThursday about noon I got Home I [reachd | reached]reachdreached Home, and [thro' | through]thro'through the [goodneſs | goodness]goodneſsgoodness of god I found my Family in Good State of Health, and the Same [goodneſs | goodness]goodneſsgoodness we are well to this Hour, and it is a Time of Health in our Place, — my [viſi[gap: tear][guess (cassandrah): t]t ir^[above] [illegible]^[illegible]s | visi[gap: tear][guess (cassandrah): t]tor^[above] [illegible]^[illegible]s]viſi[gap: tear][guess (cassandrah): t]t ir^[above] [illegible]^[illegible]svisi[gap: tear][guess (cassandrah): t]tor^[above] [illegible]^[illegible]s Continue as thick as ever, I expect[illegible] a grea^[above] t^t Company of Indians this week from Several Tribes, — I waited on Sir William ^[above] [Jhonſon | Johnson]JhonſonJohnson^[Jhonſon | Johnson]JhonſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] the week before [laſt | last]laſtlast, at [Fiſhes | Fishers]FiſhesFishers Island[place0075.ocp], and he appears very Friendly to me, — I have Some Thoughts of Taking a Tour to [viſit | visit]viſitvisit ^[above] the^the Indians in the [wilderneſs | wilderness]wilderneſswilderness this fall, if my Health will permit the Lord Support ^[above] you^you under your great afflictions and [Bleſs | bless]Bleſsbless [theſe | these]theſethese Troubles for your Eternal good, — and the Lord remember your great [kindneſs | kindness]kindneſskindness to me and mine
and reward you a [Thouſand | thousand]Thouſandthousand fold in Eternal rewards — I want much to hear from your Dear Son[pers0573.ocp] and Phillis[pers0428.ocp], — I hope in god, we Shall meet in a better World than this, where all Sin and Sor- row Shall forever [Ceaſe | cease]Ceaſecease — I return you once more [moſt | most]moſtmost Hearty and Sincere thanks for all the Favours you have Shown and [Confir'd | conferred]Confir'dconferred upon me and mine, [Pleaſe | please]Pleaſeplease to remember me to Dear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheatley[pers0572.ocp] and your Dear [Siſter | sister]Siſtersister Mitchel[pers0751.ocp], to your other [Siſter | sister]Siſtersister, to ^[above] [Miſſ | Miss]MiſſMiss Amey[pers0750.ocp]^[Miſſ | Miss]MiſſMiss Amey[pers0750.ocp], and to the Little [Miſs | Miss]MiſsMiss, and Servants, — My Wife[pers0029.ocp] and ^[above] child^child Join me in Grateful [reſpect | respect]reſpectrespect to you — I am most kind Madam,
Your [moſt | most]moſtmost obliged and very  [Huml | humble]Humlhumble [illegible] [Servt | servant]Servtservant Samson Occom[pers0030.ocp]
[Sepr | September]SeprSeptember 21: 1773[1773-10-21]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0574.ocp Madam recipient Wheatley, Susanna
pers0292.ocp Sir William Jhonſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0573.ocp your Dear Son mentioned Wheatley, Nathaniel
pers0428.ocp Phillis mentioned Wheatley, Phillis
pers0572.ocp M r Mr. Wheatley mentioned Wheatley, John
pers0751.ocp Siſter sister Mitchel mentioned Mitchel, Sister
pers0750.ocp Amey mentioned Amey
pers0029.ocp My Wife mentioned Occom, Mary (née Fowler)
pers0030.ocp Samson Occom writer Occom, Samson

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston
place0153.ocp Natick Natick
place0075.ocp Fiſhes Fishers Island Fishers Island

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1773-10-21 SeprSeptember 21: 1773

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