Solomon Williams, letter, to Andrew Oliver, 1751 October 7


[note (type: abstract): Williams gives his opinion of the recent decision by the Boston Commissioners to send Samson Occom on a mission to Susquehanna and to pay him 20 pounds sterling per annum. He notes that, though Occom intends to marry, he has assured Williams this would not interfere with his missionary work.][note (type: handwriting): Loose, informal handwriting is frequently difficult to decipher. There are several deletions and additions][note (type: paper): Medium-sized sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.][note (type: noteworthy): As noted in the trailer, this document is Williams's copy of his own letter.]

EventsOccom’s Marriage

 [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Sir
I [illegible]On the 7 of [Septr | September]SeptrSeptember[1751-09-07] 7 ^[above] I [Red | received]Redreceived from you^I [Red | received]Redreceived from you the vote of [ye | the]yethe [Honle | Honourable]HonleHonourable [Commiſsi­ oners | Commissi­ oners]Commiſsi­ onersCommissi­ oners[org0095.ocp] [Reſpecting | respecting]Reſpectingrespecting [Samſon | Samson]SamſonSamson [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] [ſignifying | signifying]ſignifyingsignifying their  [guess (ivys): Judination]Judination that the [Sd | said]Sdsaid [Samſon | Samson]SamſonSamson[pers0030.ocp] (upon the [de ſire | de sire]de ſirede sire [& | and]&and Motion of [ye | the]yethe [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Pemberton[pers0415.ocp] of [N | New]NNew York)[place0166.ocp]  ^[above] their [guess (maggiec): Judination]Judination that He^their [guess (maggiec): Judination]Judination that He [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould go on a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission to [Suſquehana | Susquehanna]SuſquehanaSusquehanna[place0360.ocp] [& | and]&and offi ciate as a [Catechiſt | catechist]Catechiſtcatechist, [& | and]&and that They have voted  him after the Rate of Twenty pounds [Sterng | Sterling]SterngSterling  [p | per]pper Annum [& | and]&and are [Pleaſed | pleased]Pleaſedpleased to [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire My opinion  [Reſpecting | respecting]Reſpectingrespecting Their votes. I take leave to Inform  you That [Samſon | Samson]SamſonSamson[pers0030.ocp] when he was [laſt | last]laſtlast here  intimated his [deſire | desire]deſiredesire to Marry a woman at  [Mantauk | Montauk]MantaukMontauk[place0144.ocp]. I [deſird | desired]deſirddesired[adviſd | advised]adviſdadvised him heto [muſt | must]muſtmust be Cautious in  [Chooſing | choosing]Chooſingchoosing a wife [leſt | lest]leſtlest he [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould be intangled ^[above] Put [him ſelf | himself]him ſelfhimself^Put [him ſelf | himself]him ſelfhimself in  [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch [Circumſtances | circumstances]Circumſtancescircumstances as Might Render him [leſs | less]leſsless  able to [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer the [deſign | design]deſigndesign of his Education  for it being uncertain where the [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners[org0095.ocp]  would [illegible][Imploy | employ]Imployemploy him. he [ſaid | said]ſaidsaid his Marrying there  would not prevent his [Readineſs | readiness]Readineſsreadiness to go where  the [Commiſioners | Commisioners]CommiſionersCommisioners[org0095.ocp] [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to Employ ^[above] send^send him  Either on the [Iſland | Island]IſlandIsland[place0129.ocp] or the Main. I am not  [ſo | so]ſoso acquainted with the [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect of his doing  [ſervice | service]ſerviceservice at [Suſquehana | Susquehanna]SuſquehanaSusquehanna[place0360.ocp] as to be able to Judge  whether it be [beſt | best]beſtbest to [adviſe | advise]adviſeadvise to his going there  ^[above] be [adviſable | advisable]adviſableadvisable I know not [illegible][guess (maggiec): but]but^be [adviſable | advisable]adviſableadvisable I know not [illegible][guess (maggiec): but]but. The [Sallery | salary]Sallerysalary may at [Preſent | present]Preſentpresent be Sufficient [illegible]to Support  [illegible]Him. In [theſe | these]theſethese [illegible]Things I beg to be [Excuſed | excused]Excuſedexcused from  ^[above] [offerg | offering]offergoffering my^[offerg | offering]offergoffering my I only [deſired | desired]deſireddesired ^[above] only^only to know what the [Plea ſure | plea sure]Plea ſureplea sure of the [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners[org0095.ocp] was that I might  be able to direct him [ſo | so]ſoso long as They [Tho't | thought]Tho'tthought fit  to give him their orders [Thro | through]Throthrough My hands.—
I am [Sr | Sir]SrSir with all due [Reſpect | respect]Reſpectrespect [Yr | your]Yryour [Hum.b | humble]Hum.bhumble [Sert | servant]Sertservant  [Solm | Solomon]SolmSolomon Williams[pers0039.ocp]
Copy of My [Lr | letter]Lrletter to  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Oliver[pers0031.ocp] [Octobr | October]OctobrOctober 7 1751[1751-10-07]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp Samſon Samson Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp Samſon Samson mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0415.ocp Rev d Rev. M r Mr. Pemberton mentioned Pemberton, Ebenezer Jr.
pers0039.ocp Sol m Solomon Williams writer Williams, Solomon
pers0031.ocp M r Mr. Oliver recipient Oliver, Andrew

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place0122.ocp Leb: Lebanon Lebanon
place0166.ocp N New York) New York
place0360.ocp Suſquehana Susquehanna Susquehanna
place0144.ocp Mantauk Montauk Montauk
place0129.ocp Iſland Island Long Island

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0095.ocp HonleHonourable Commiſsi­onersCommissi­oners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0095.ocp CommiſsionersCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0095.ocp CommiſionersCommisioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America

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1751-10-07 OctobrOctober 7 1751
1751-09-07 7 of SeptrSeptember

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