Solomon Williams, letter, to Andrew Oliver, 1750 April 16


[note (type: abstract): Williams writes to Oliver that he has advised Occom, who has been successfully teaching the Indians at Montauk for the last six months, to remain with them and await orders from the Commissioners. He includes an extract of a letter from Azariah Horton asking for an extension of Occom's services.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is very neat and clear; it is not Williams's. The trailer, however, is in Williams's hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear. Repair work has been done to particularly heavy creases. The watermark is visible on two recto.][note (type: ink): Black-brown ink has corroded the paper near the top of one recto.][note (type: noteworthy): As is noted on one recto and two verso, this document is a copy.]

EventsOccom’s Mission to the Montauketts

[Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured [S.r | Sir]S.rSir 
This waits on you to inform [gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): you]you the [hon.le | honourable]hon.lehonourable [Com̅iſ.rs | Commissioners]Com̅iſ.rsCommissioners[org0095.ocp]  that [Sampson | Samson]SampsonSamson [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] the Indian under your care was with  me on Saturday last from Long Island[place0129.ocp], where he has been  keeping school among the Indians[org0061.ocp] at Montauk[place0144.ocp] for  6 months past. He tells me he has had about 40 Children  who have steadily attended his school [& | and]&and made good profici= ‐ency, and the Indians have given him his board and  about £10 York [mony | money]monymoney, [& | and]&and some English People have con= tributed 40[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [ſ | s]ſs][ſ | s]ſs more. The Indians are very desirous of his  continuance in the School 6 months longer and offer  him £13 York [mony | money]monymoney; I am [informd | informed]informdinformed from [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Horton[pers0262.ocp] the  Gentleman who has the care of those Indians[org0061.ocp] that [Sampson | Samson]SampsonSamson[pers0030.ocp]  has been serviceable to them on religious accounts [& | and]&and very  much [helpd | helped]helpdhelped them against some wild enthusiastical Notions  they had been led into by some foolish Indian Exhorters, [& | and]&and  given them more just thoughts of the nature of Religion.  I am told by [Sampson | Samson]SampsonSamson[pers0030.ocp] that [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Pemberton[pers0415.ocp] [& | and]&and Burr[pers0108.ocp] are  desirous to have him in the Jersies[place0163.ocp]. His eyes have been at  times something better but are not so well as that He ca[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): n]n  pursue his Studies. I have advised him to go back to  the Indians[org0061.ocp] at Montauk[place0144.ocp], but not to engage for any  certain time [till | 'til]till'til the pleasure of the [Comiſ.rs | Commissioners]Comiſ.rsCommissioners[org0095.ocp] be known —  with due respects I am
[ſr | sir]ſrsir [y.r | your]y.ryour very [humle | humble]humlehumble [Servt | servant]Servtservant  Solomon Williams[pers0039.ocp]
To Andrew Oliver[pers0031.ocp] [Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq.  Copy
Extract of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Az: | Azariah]Az:Azariah Horton[pers0262.ocp]s Letter dated Montauk[place0144.ocp]  [Sep.r | September]Sep.rSeptember 6. 1750[1750-09-06]. to the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Sol.o | Solomon]Sol.oSolomon Williams[pers0039.ocp] which he sent  forward for the Government of the [Comiſ.rs | Commissioners]Comiſ.rsCommissioners[org0095.ocp]
"Understanding that the [Comiſrs | Commissioners]ComiſrsCommissioners[org0095.ocp] had [refe[illegible]red | referred]refe[illegible]redreferred [Sampson | Samson]SampsonSamson[pers0030.ocp] "[Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] to your care [& | and]&and advice, and his half years agree= "ment with my People being almost [expird | expired]expirdexpired I now use  "the freedom to [adviſe | advise]adviſeadvise you by a Line with respect to his  "continuance among them –– I most humbly [& | and]&and  "importunately beg your countenance [& | and]&and leave in the  "Affair.
Upon this the [Comiſ.rs | Commissioners]Comiſ.rsCommissioners[org0095.ocp] on 14 [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember following[1750-11-14] voted That  [Sampson Occum | Samson Occom]Sampson OccumSamson Occom[pers0030.ocp] be permitted to keep the School at Mon= tauk[place0144.ocp] for 6 months longer.  And on 5 May 1751[1751-05-05]. Consented to his going to the Jersies[place0163.ocp]
and from thence to [Susquehanah | Susquehanna]SusquehanahSusquehanna[place0206.ocp], [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Williams[pers0039.ocp] having  first mentioned the thing, if not approving, yet  [expreſsing | expressing]expreſsingexpressing no dislike to the Proposal, since which  I do not remember ever to have [rec.d | received]rec.dreceived a Line from [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Williams[pers0039.ocp] about it, [& | and]&and verily believe I never did as I  am always careful to file all Letters which concern  the [Comiſ.rs | Commissioners]Comiſ.rsCommissioners[org0095.ocp]
I am [ſr | sir]ſrsir  [Yo.r | your]Yo.ryour most [obed.t | obedient]obed.tobedient [Serv.t | servant]Serv.tservant  [A | Andrew]AAndrew Oliver[pers0031.ocp]    [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp] 24 [Aug.t | August]Aug.tAugust 1751[1751-08-24].    ^[bottom] [Hon.le | Honourable]Hon.leHonourable [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Secr | Secretary]SecrSecretary Willard[pers0793.ocp].^[Hon.le | Honourable]Hon.leHonourable [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Secr | Secretary]SecrSecretary Willard[pers0793.ocp]. 
[note (type: editorial): Blank page.]
Copy of My [Lr | letter]Lrletter to  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Oliver[pers0031.ocp], [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Hor ton[pers0262.ocp]s [Lr | letter]Lrletter to Me. 
Document Summary

People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp Sampson Samson Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0262.ocp M. r Mr. Horton mentioned Horton, Azariah
pers0030.ocp Sampson Samson mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0415.ocp M. r Mr. Pemberton mentioned Pemberton, Ebenezer Jr.
pers0108.ocp Burr mentioned Burr, Aaron Sr.
pers0039.ocp Solomon Williams writer Williams, Solomon
pers0031.ocp Andrew Oliver recipient Oliver, Andrew
pers0262.ocp M. r Mr. Az: Azariah Horton mentioned Horton, Azariah
pers0039.ocp M r Mr. Sol. o Solomon Williams writer Williams, Solomon
pers0030.ocp Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp Sampson Occum Samson Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0039.ocp M. r Mr. Williams writer Williams, Solomon
pers0031.ocp A Andrew Oliver recipient Oliver, Andrew
pers0793.ocp M. r Mr. Sec r Secretary Willard mentioned Willard
pers0031.ocp M r Mr. Oliver recipient Oliver, Andrew
pers0262.ocp M r Mr. Hor ton mentioned Horton, Azariah

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0129.ocp Long Island Long Island
place0144.ocp Montauk Montauk
place0163.ocp the Jersies New Jersey
place0144.ocp Mon= tauk Montauk
place0206.ocp Susquehanah Susquehanna Susquehanna River
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0095.ocp hon.lehonourable Com̅iſ.rsCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0061.ocp Indians Montaukett Tribe
org0061.ocp those Indians Montaukett Tribe
org0095.ocp the Comiſ.rsCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0095.ocp the ComiſrsCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America

Dates identified in this document:

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1750-04-16 16 Apr.lApril 1750
1750-09-06 Sep.rSeptember 6. 1750
1750-11-14 14 Nov.rNovember following
1751-05-05 5 May 1751
1751-08-24 24 Aug.tAugust 1751

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modernization Esq.r Esq.
modernization Rev.d Rev.
modernization Mr Mr.
variation refe[illegible]red referred
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modernization adviſe advise
variation Sampson Occum Samson Occom
variation Susquehanah Susquehanna
modernization expreſsing expressing
modernization ſr sir
modernization Boſton Boston

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Apr.l April
Hon.d Honoured
S.r Sir
hon.le honourable
Com̅iſ.rs Commissioners
& and
Comiſ.rs Commissioners
ſr sir
y.r your
humle humble
Servt servant
Az: Azariah
Sep.r September
Sol.o Solomon
Comiſrs Commissioners
Nov.r November
rec.d received
Yo.r your
obed.t obedient
Serv.t servant
A Andrew
Aug.t August
Hon.le Honourable
Secr Secretary
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