Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1761 June 24


[note (type: abstract): Occom reports from New York that collections were taken and recommendations written in support of his mission.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is slanting and somewhat crowded, but largely clear and legible][note (type: paper): Two large sheets are in fair condition, with moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark brown.][note (type: noteworthy): The year of the letter is catalogued as June 1761, but the trailer gives a date of 1762.]

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. Sir
We [reach'd | reached]reach'dreached New York[place0308.ocp] [ye | the]yethe 15 [Inſt | instant]Inſtinstant[1761-06-15], and to my  [Surprize | surprise]Surprizesurprise, the [Genltemen | gentlemen]Genltemengentlemen had Concluded, not Send me  at all, and all the [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason that they Can give is,  they are [affrai[illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): r]r]d | afraid]affrai[illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): r]r]dafraid, the Indians will kill me, I told  them, they [Cou'd | could]Cou'dcould not kill ^[above] me^me but once, and told them  I intended to Proceed on my Journey, and if I [Periſh | perish]Periſhperish  for want of Support, I [Periſh | perish]Periſhperish,—But I intended to [uſe | use]uſeuse  your Money Sir, that David[pers0155.ocp] has with him; and when  they [Perceiv'd | perceived]Perceiv'dperceived my [Reſolutions | resolutions]Reſolutionsresolutions, they [Emediately | immediately]Emediatelyimmediately [Conſulted | consulted]Conſultedconsulted  the matter, and Concluded, that I [Shoud | should]Shoudshould go, and ^[above] a^a Collection  [Shou'd | should]Shou'dshould be made for me, and Recommendations [Shou'd | should]Shou'dshould  bye Sendt by me to [Genl | Gen.]GenlGen. [Amhurſt | Amherst]AmhurſtAmherst[pers0055.ocp] and to Sir William[pers0292.ocp]
And the whole Matter is [Acompliſh'd | accomplished]Acompliſh'daccomplished to my [Surprize | surprise]Surprizesurprise  [beyound | beyond]beyoundbeyond all my expectations, The [Laſt | last]Laſtlast Sabbath after  the [after Noon | afternoon]after Noonafternoon Service was over, at [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Boſtweck | Bostwick]BoſtweckBostwick[pers0089.ocp]'s Con­ gregation, they made a Collection for me and my  Family's Support, and it [munted | mounted]muntedmounted to [£60:ſ15:d7 | £60 15s 7d]£60:ſ15:d7£60 15s 7d and  Monday Evening the [Baptiſts | Baptists]BaptiſtsBaptists[org0124.ocp] made a Collection for me  at their Meeting [Houſe | House]HouſeHouse, and it mounted to [£13:0:0 | £13 0s 0d]£13:0:0£13 0s 0d  And ^[above] my^my Recommendations are done by the [Moſt | most]Moſtmost Noted Gentlemen  of this Place, not only to the [genrals | generals]genralsgenerals, but to other [genn | gentlemen]genngentlemen  of their [Aquantance | acquaintance]Aquantanceacquaintance, from this City to the further [moſt | most]moſtmost  [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish Settlements,— the People are uncommonly kind  to us in this great City[place0308.ocp];— But we live ^[above] in [ye | the]yethe Suburbs^in [ye | the]yethe Suburbs with one  [obediah | Obediah]obediahObediah Wells[pers0566.ocp] and old [Diſciple | disciple]Diſcipledisciple — I am invited to  the City[place0308.ocp] Every Day to Dine with Some gentleman  or other; [Som times | sometimes]Som timessometimes Two or three Invitations at once,
[Eſpiceally | especially]Eſpiceallyespecially the [Miniſter | minister]Miniſterminister, of all Sects and Denomina^[above] tions^tions  are [Extreamly | extremely]Extreamlyextremely Kind to me,— [Yeſteday | yesterday]Yeſtedayyesterday ^[above] 3 [o'c | o'clock]o'co'clock PM^3 [o'c | o'clock]o'co'clock PM I was [Intro | introduced]Introintroduced  to wait upon his Honor, Colden[pers0135.ocp] [Preſident | President]PreſidentPresident and Com­ mander in Chief in ^[above] the^the Province of [N:York | New York]N:YorkNew York[place0166.ocp], and [wiſh'd | wished]wiſh'dwished  me Good [Succees | success]Succeessuccess and Gave me ^[above] good^good advice and [Counſil | counsel]Counſilcounsel,  —I believe tomorrow Morning we Shall out from  here on our way to [Onoyda | Oneida]OnoydaOneida[place0179.ocp],
[Pleaſe | Please]PleaſePlease to remember us ^[above] in^in your Fatherly [Prays | prayers]Praysprayers  Continually, [Except | accept]Exceptaccept Duty, and [Sutable | suitable]Sutablesuitable Re­ gards to the Family from
Your [Moſt | Most]MoſtMost [obediant | obedient]obediantobedient Indian Son,  [Samſon | Samson]SamſonSamson Occom[pers0030.ocp]  The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
I [deliver'd | delivered]deliver'ddelivered [£53:ſ7:d10 | £53 7s 10d]£53:ſ7:d10£53 7s 10d to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr.  William Hedges[pers0253.ocp] of [Eaſt | East]EaſtEast-  hampton[place0062.ocp], for the Support  of my Family  [S:O: | Samson Occom]S:O:Samson Occom[pers0030.ocp]
The Letters that I have  to the [Genrals | generals]Genralsgenerals are [Sign'd | signed]Sign'dsigned by  The [Hon.le | Honourable]Hon.leHonourable [Wm | William]WmWilliam Smith [Esqr | Esq. ]EsqrEsq. [pers0504.ocp]  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [illegible]David [Boſtwick | Bostwick]BoſtwickBostwick[pers0089.ocp]  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [PVB | Peter Vanbrugh]PVBPeter Vanbrugh [Livingſton | Livingstone]LivingſtonLivingstone[pers0332.ocp]  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. David Vanhorne[pers0552.ocp]  [Will.m | William]Will.mWilliam Livingston [Esqr | Esq.]EsqrEsq.[pers0333.ocp]
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom's[pers0030.ocp]  May 1762[1762-05]  [Rec.d | Received]Rec.dReceived £20 of [Comiſsrs | Commissioners]ComiſsrsCommissioners[org0011.ocp]  and to draw on them  for [Laſt | last]Laſtlast Winter— 
To  The [Rev:d | Rev.]Rev:dRev. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]  at  Lebanon[place0122.ocp], [N:England | New England]N:EnglandNew England[place0158.ocp]    [Theſe | These]TheſeThese
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0155.ocp David mentioned Fowler, David
pers0055.ocp Gen l Gen. Amhurſt Amherst mentioned Amherst, Jeffery
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0089.ocp M r Mr. Boſtweck Bostwick mentioned Bostwick, David
pers0566.ocp obediah Obediah Wells mentioned Wells, Obediah Oneida
pers0135.ocp Colden mentioned Colden, Cadwallader
pers0030.ocp Samſon Samson Occom writer Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0253.ocp William Hedges mentioned Hedges, William
pers0030.ocp S:O: Samson Occom writer Occom, Samson
pers0504.ocp W m William Smith Esq r Esq. mentioned Smith, William Sr.
pers0089.ocp Rev d Rev. David Boſtwick Bostwick mentioned Bostwick, David
pers0332.ocp PVB Peter Vanbrugh Livingſton Livingstone mentioned Livingstone, Peter Vanbrugh
pers0552.ocp M r Mr. David Vanhorne mentioned Vanhorn, David
pers0333.ocp Will. m William Livingston Esq r Esq. mentioned Livingston, William
pers0030.ocp Occum Occom 's writer Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0308.ocp New York New York City
place0308.ocp this great City New York City
place0308.ocp the City New York City
place0166.ocp Province of N:York New York New York
place0179.ocp Onoyda Oneida Oneida
place0062.ocp Eaſt East - hampton East Hampton
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0158.ocp N:England New England New England

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org0124.ocp BaptiſtsBaptists Baptists/Seventh Day Baptists
org0011.ocp ComiſsrsCommissioners Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

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1761-06-24 June yethe 24: 1761
1761-06-15 15 Inſtinstant
1762-05 May 1762

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