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

Author Sergeant, John[pers0470.ocp]

19 May 1788[1788-05-19]

ms number788319

[note (type: abstract): Sergeant 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.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small, but largely clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Single large sheet folded in half to make four pages in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: noteworthy): The 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 | enclosing]encloſingenclosing the Bills last [Fryday | Friday]FrydayFriday[1788-05-16] thank you kindly for your attention to the [buſineſs | business]buſineſsbusiness I thought it might be agreeable to you and the [Com==miſsioners | Commissioners]Com==miſsionersCommissioners[org0011.ocp] in general to be informed that in com==pliance with their direction; I have made application to the neighbouring [Miniſters | ministers]Miniſtersministers for Ordination. [incloſed | enclosed]incloſedenclosed I send [coppies | copies]coppiescopies which will give you the full infor=mation of the [buſineſs | business]buſineſsbusiness. conclude it is perfectly agree=able to the [wiſh | wish]wiſhwish of the Board[org0011.ocp], who command the line of my conduct in the [buſiniſs | business]buſiniſsbusiness of my [miſsion | mission]miſsionmission
It was thought [beſt | best]beſtbest I should be ordained at large for several [reaſons | reasons]reaſonsreasons. There could be but few of my people [preſent | present]preſentpresent. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Kirkland[pers0315.ocp] has told me that he [informd | informed]informdinformed the Board[org0011.ocp] of some [diſputes | disputes]diſputesdisputes and [Diviſions | divisions]Diviſionsdivisions that had taken place among my people [laſt | last]laſtlast summer before my new appointment. dont fully know in what light he [repreſented | represented]repreſentedrepresented the matter. Think he could know but little of their [preſent | present]preſentpresent situation and feelings to==wards me, in a view of my new appointment having had no [oppertunity | opportunity]oppertunityopportunity with them since [laſt | last]laſtlast fall [& | and]&and the [begining | beginning]beginingbeginning of winter before they had knowledge of my being again put into the [miſsion | mission]miſsionmission. I have not time Sir to relate to you the [perticulars | particulars]perticularsparticulars of their [diſputes | disputes]diſputesdisputes will only mention, the [diſpute | dispute]diſputedispute began upon this [queſtion | question]queſtionquestion, [wheather | whether]wheatherwhether they had better take [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Ocam | Occom]OcamOccom[pers0030.ocp] or myself for their [Miniſter | minister]Miniſterminister, as he was about to settle in a neighbouring Town, expecting to have him part of the time and could support him [eaſier | easier]eaſiereasier than [myſelf | myself]myſelfmyself — in their ^[above] [diviſion | division]diviſiondivision^[diviſion | division]diviſiondivision of the Tribe on the [queſtion | question]queſtionquestion, there were 30 for [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [O | Occom]OOccom[pers0030.ocp] 50 for [myſelf | myself]myſelfmyself. Since my new ap==pointment about half of the 30 have openly left [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [O. | Occom]O.Occom[pers0030.ocp] I [hant | haven't]hanthaven't time Sir to mention some unkind [mea==ſures | measures]mea==ſuresmeasures [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [O | Occom]OOccom[pers0030.ocp] has taken to support his [wiſh | wish]wiſhwish — but only mention that the bigger half of my people are so [prej[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): d]dud[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): uce]uced | prejudiced]prej[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): d]dud[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): uce]ucedprejudiced [againſt | against]againſtagainst [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [O | Occom]OOccom[pers0030.ocp] that I sincerely believe if I was to leave them, they would be the [moſt | most]moſtmost un=happy people in the world — in short the Tribe[org0121.ocp] broken up, and come to ruin. Having [theſe | these]theſethese views of their of their situation induced me to say what I did to the [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners[org0011.ocp] concerning the importance of my [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission.
The Chief, and only supporter of [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]s [Intreſt | interest]Intreſtinterest made that [speach | speech]speachspeech 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 | reason]reaſonreason why my ordination has been in the manner it is. in the [diviſion | division]diviſiondivision of the old [profeſsors | professors]profeſsorsprofessors of religion belonging to the stockbridge[place0225.ocp] church there were 10 [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [O | Occom]OOccom[pers0030.ocp]. 16 for [myſelf | myself]myſelfmyself. I have written this Sir in [ſome | some]ſomesome [haſt | haste]haſthaste you will [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to [excuſe | excuse]excuſeexcuse it — my time very much taken up. I expect to set out for the [Wildnerneſs | wilderness]Wildnerneſswilderness god willing tomorrow. [illegible]hope I may be the means of union [& | and]&and [happineſs | happiness]happineſshappiness among my people I know they have all a strong affection for me
I remain [Rev..nd | Rev.]Rev..ndRev. Sir your [moſt | most]moſtmost obliged friend and Brother John Sergeant[pers0470.ocp] [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Thatcher[pers0532.ocp]
Mr Sargeant[pers0470.ocp]'s Letter 1788
The Reverend Peter Thatcher[pers0532.ocp] Boston[place0013.ocp]
[right] Favoured by [Hon.ble | Honourable]Hon.bleHonourable [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Sedgweck[pers0720.ocp]
Favoured by [Hon.ble | Honourable]Hon.bleHonourable [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Sedgweck[pers0720.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirkland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Ocam Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. O Occom — mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp O. Occom — mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. O Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0470.ocp John Sergeant writer Sergeant, Jr., John
pers0532.ocp M r Mr. Tha t cher recipient Thacher, Peter
pers0470.ocp Mr Sargeant writer Sergeant, Jr., John
pers0532.ocp Peter Tha t cher recipient Thacher, Peter
pers0720.ocp M r Mr. Sedgweck mentioned Sedgweck

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0225.ocp Stockbridge Stockbridge
place0225.ocp stockbridge Stockbridge
place0013.ocp Boston Boston

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0011.ocp the Com==miſsionersCommissioners Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0011.ocp the Board Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0121.ocp the Tribe Stockbridge Tribe
org0011.ocp the CommiſsionersCommissioners Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

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