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Ebenezer Little, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 March 1

ms-number: 765201

[note (type: abstract): Little updates Wheelock on sundry goods, and suggests that Occom's presence in Newburyport would help the Design.][note (type: handwriting): Informal handwriting is small, somewhat scrawling and frequently very difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in good condition with light staining, creasing and wear. A tear from the seal results in a minor loss of text.][note (type: ink): Brown ink varies in intensity.][note (type: noteworthy): Due to the extreme difficulty of discerning Little’s hand, the transcribers have used their discretion with regard to letter case and spelling.]

[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.d Rev. [& | and]&and Dear Sir

I [recd | received]recd received your [fav[guess (h-dawnd): e]er | favour]fav[guess (h-dawnd): e]erfavour of [guess (h-dawnd): December]December [1764-12] with [guess (h-dawnd): [Sunrdy | sundry]Sunrdysundry ] [Sunrdy | sundry]Sunrdysundry [Coppys | copies]Coppyscopies of
Letters (return you thanks for your good [wiſhis | wishes]wiſhiswishes) which
give Great hopes that the Set time to [fav[guess (h-dawnd): e]er | favour]fav[guess (h-dawnd): e]erfavour
the [illegible] [Nativs | natives]Nativsnatives is come —
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[guess (h-dawnd): Sundry]Sundry goods as youll [guess (h-dawnd): [ [guess (h-dawnd): s]se | see] [guess (h-dawnd): s]sesee ] [ [guess (h-dawnd): s]se | see] [guess (h-dawnd): s]sesee [pd | paid]pd paid [invoyce | invoice]invoyceinvoice which our people [& | and]&and [m.r | Mr.]m.r Mr. [guess (h-dawnd): Lowels]Lowels
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[lawfull | lawful]lawfulllawful I hope [youl | you'll]youlyou'll have [rec.d | received]rec.dreceived them before this their
[guess (h-dawnd): wares]wares put up the [begining | beginning]beginingbeginning of [Decembr | December]Decembr December [1764-12] but [ye | the]ye the cold hindered [ye | the]ye the
[veſil | vessel]veſilvessel [Saling | sailing]Salingsailing for [above] aa long time —
if [Re.d | Rev.]Re.dRev. [mr | Mr.]mrMr. [Ocom | Occom]OcomOccom [pers0030.ocp] Should come with you it would
I [belive | believe]belivebelieve Serve the [cauſe | cause]cauſecause very much the [objectns | objections]objectnsobjections
[Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [mr | Mr.]mrMr. [Whitiker | Whitaker]WhitikerWhitaker [pers0037.ocp] [illegible] [guess (h-dawnd): mentioned]mentioned when [hear | here]hearhere [againſt | against]againſtagainst his
coming I dont think are of [waite: | weight]waite:weight [peaple | people]peaplepeople [hear | here]hearhere are
very [deſirous | desirous]deſirousdesirous of his coming: the [Site | sight]Sitesight of him would [due | do]duedo much
much more [& | and]&and to hear [ye | the]ye the [Goſpel | Gospel]GoſpelGospel [prech.d | preached]prech.dpreached by an Indian [miniſter | minister]miniſterminister
I am much [pleſed | pleased]pleſedpleased with Peter[pers1768.ocp] hope when he comes to your
School[org0098.ocp] you will keep him [till | 'til]till'til he has Learned [ye | the]ye the bible it may
be of great [Servis | service]Servisservice as then he may preach to his [countrimen | countrymen]countrimencountrymen [ye | the]ye the pure [Goſpell | Gospel]GoſpellGospel
in their own Language —
[pleſt | please]pleſtplease to give my Respects to him [& | and]&and tell him I [guess (h-dawnd): [deſirig | desiring]deſirigdesiring ] [deſirig | desiring]deſirigdesiring his [prayes | prayers]prayesprayers
for me [& | and]&and mine [& | and]&and Gods people [hear | here]hearhere: I wish he [mite | might]mitemight come with
you [& | and]&and Mr [Ocom | Occom]OcomOccom [pers0030.ocp]. [pleſt | please]pleſtplease to [tel | tell]teltell him God has [dun | done]dundone [Greete | great]Greetegreat things
for [ous | us]ousus [hear | here]hearhere [laſt | last]laſtlast year [& | and]&and his [Bleſed | Blessed]BleſedBlessed [Sprite | Spirit]SpriteSpirit is yet Striving, with a
goodly [numbur | number]numburnumber one Soul gives [illegible] [guess (h-dawnd): abundant]abundant [evedence | evidence]evedenceevidence of being [above] bornborn of God [laſt | last]laſtlast
monday [eveng | evening]evengevening at [prvate | private]prvateprivate [miting | meeting]mitingmeeting.—
I Conclude with my [Respct | respect]Respctrespect to you [mr | Mr.]mr Mr. [Whitker | Whitaker]WhitkerWhitaker [pers0037.ocp] [mr | Mr.]mr Mr. [Ocom | Occom]OcomOccom [pers0030.ocp] [gap: tear] [guess (h-dawnd): you [& | and]&and ]you [& | and]&and
[Spauſe | spouse]Spauſespouse [pers0577.ocp] Son[pers0578.ocp] [& | and]&and [famuely | family]famuelyfamily [& | and]&and who [illegible] le School[org0098.ocp] [intrate | entreat]intrateentreat you to [Rember | remember]Remberremember us
I wish you much very much [Suckces | success]Suckcessuccess in your Great
undertaking [rejoise | rejoice]rejoiserejoice to See it [profte | profit]profteprofit. I [belive | believe]belivebelieve it will
more [& | and]&and more: when you [& | and]&and mr [Ocom | Occom]OcomOccom [pers0030.ocp] [& | and]&and Peter[pers1768.ocp] comes
[pleſt | please]pleſtplease to come [rite | right]riteright to my [houſe | house]houſehouse [& | and]&and make it your home
I remain [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.d Rev. Sir your friend [& | and]&and Humble [Servend | servant]Servendservant
Ebenezer Little[pers0330.ocp]

from [Mr | Mr.]Mr Mr. Little[pers0330.ocp]
March [1st | 1st]1st 1st 1765[1765-03-01].
The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]Mr Mr.
[Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]

[guess (h-dawnd): [Pr | Per]Pr Per ] [Pr | Per]Pr Per
[illegible] [mr | Mr.]mr Mr. [Moſes | Moses]MoſesMoses Peck[pers0032.ocp] [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston [place0013.ocp]
Moor’s Indian Charity School
Moor’s Indian Charity School was a grammar school for Native Americans that Eleazar Wheelock opened in North Lebanon, Connecticut in 1754. The school was named for Colonel Joshua Moor, also spelled More, who donated the land and school building. Moor’s was essentially an expansion of the grammar school that Wheelock opened in 1743 to support himself during the fallout from the First Great Awakening, when Wheelock, who'd participated in itinerant ministry during the Awakening, had his salary confiscated by the colony of Connecticut. In December of that year, Samson Occom asked Wheelock to teach him as well. Wheelock's work with Occom was so successful that Wheelock decided to replicate the experiment with other Native American boys. He accepted his first Indian students in 1754, and in 1761 began taking female students as well. Wheelock believed that in time, his school would become just one part of a larger missionary enterprise. He planned to send his Anglo American and Native American students to various tribes as missionaries and schoolmasters, with explicit instructions to pick out the best students and send them back to Moor’s to continue the cycle. His ultimate goal was to turn his school into a model Christian Indian town that would include farms, a college, and vocational training. However, Wheelock’s grand design did not survive the decade. Wheelock lost the vast majority of his Native American students; he fought with many of the best, including Samson Occom, Joseph Johnson, David Fowler, and Hezekiah Calvin, and other former and current students accused him of subjecting Native Americans to disproportionate amounts of manual labor. In 1769, perhaps due to concerns about corporal punishment, the Oneida withdrew all their children from Moor’s. When Wheelock relocated to Hanover in 1769, only two Native American students came with him, and it became clear that Wheelock’s focus was on Dartmouth and that Dartmouth was for white students. After Wheelock’s death in 1779, Moor’s Indian Charity School receded further into the background as John Wheelock, his father’s reluctant successor, stopped taking Indian students. Some Native American students were enrolled in Moor’s until 1850, when the school unofficially closed.

The first English immigrant to settle on a peninsula in a harbor on the northeastern coast of North America the local Algonquin Indians called "Shawmet" was William Blackstone in 1629. A year later, John Winthrop arrived with a group of English Puritans and other settlers and named the area Boston after his hometown in Lincolnshire, England. The colony quickly developed representative political institutions that would help shape a democratic nation. Over the next few centuries, Boston emerged as an intellectual and educational center, and, because of its excellent harbor, became a leading commercial hub and a primary port for North America. It is the capital and largest city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the largest city in New England. Boston was the home for the Boards of Commissioners of several overseas religious societies who sent missionaries throughout the colonies in the 18th century, and was the site of many important events of the American Revolution.


Lebanon is a town located in the state of Connecticut southwest of the town of Hartford. The land that became Lebanon was inhabited at least 10,000 years ago based on the archeological record. By the 1600s, the land was permanently inhabited by the Mohegan Indians, who used the area primarily for hunting. Lebanon was officially formed in 1700 when English settlers consolidated a number of land tracts, including several land grants by the Connecticut General Assembly and lands purchased from the Mohegans. However, these purchases were controversial. In 1659, the Mohegans entrusted their reserve land to Major John Mason, and in the following year, Mason transferred this land to the Connecticut colonial government with the understanding that there would be enough land left for the Mohegans to farm. The Mohegans claimed that they never authorized a transfer to the colonial government and only Mason’s heirs were entrusted with their land. In 1662, Connecticut, which included the Mohegan land that had been entrusted to the Masons, was incorporated by a royal charter. Based on this charter, the colony argued that the land was now the property of the government. In 1687, the colony began granting the Mohegan land to townships, and in 1704 the Masons petitioned the Crown on behalf of the Mohegans, claiming that such transfers of land to townships were illegal. Between the years of 1705 and 1773 legal disputes and controversies persisted, finally ending in a verdict by the Crown against the Mohegans. In 1755, Wheelock received property and housing in Lebanon that he would use as his house and school. While Lebanon was originally incorporated as a part of New London County in 1700, in 1724 it became a part of New Windham, before once again becoming a part of New London County in 1826. Lebanon was central to the American Revolution with half of its adult population fighting for the colonists and hundreds of meetings convened in the town for the revolutionary cause.

Little, Ebenezer

Ebenezer Little was a Massachusetts merchant and a supporter of Wheelock's school, who shipped goods to Wheelock and helped the design however he could. His commitment to Wheelock's Indian School was such that the Reverend Parsons mentioned it in his sermon at Little's funeral. Manuscript 764662, not included in the Occom Circle, relates to Wheelock and Little's trade relationship. Little was very involved in the Presbyterian Church at Newburyport, as well as local government.

Wheelock, Eleazar

Eleazar Wheelock was a New Light Congregationalist minister who founded Dartmouth College. He was born into a very typical Congregationalist family, and began studying at Yale in 1729, where he fell in with the emerging New Light clique. The evangelical network that he built in college propelled him to fame as an itinerant minister during the First Great Awakening and gave him many of the contacts that he later drew on to support his charity school for Native Americans. Wheelock’s time as an itinerant minister indirectly brought about his charity school. When the Colony of Connecticut retroactively punished itinerant preaching in 1743, Wheelock was among those who lost his salary. Thus, in 1743, he began operating a grammar school to support himself. He was joined that December by Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian, who sought out an education in hopes of becoming a teacher among his people. Occom’s academic success inspired Wheelock to train Native Americans as missionaries. To that end, he opened Moor’s Indian Charity School in 1754 (where he continued to train Anglo-American students who paid their own way as well as students who functionally indentured themselves to Wheelock as missionaries in exchange for an education). Between 1754 and 1769, when he relocated to New Hampshire, Wheelock trained approximately 60 male and female Native American students from nearby Algonquian tribes and from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) of central New York. At the same time, he navigated the complicated politics of missionary societies by setting up his own board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, although he continued to feud with the Boston Board of the SSPCK and the London Commissioners in Boston (more colloquially called the New England Company). By the late 1760s, Wheelock had become disillusioned with the idea of Native American education. He was increasingly convinced that educating Native Americans was futile (several of his students had failed to conform to his confusing and contradictory standards), and, in late 1768, he lost his connection to the Haudenosaunee. With his inclination and ability to sponsor Native American missionaries largely depleted, Wheelock sought instead to fulfill his ultimate ambition of obtaining a charter and opening a college, which he did in 1769. To fund this new enterprise, Wheelock drew on the £12,000 that Samson Occom had raised for Moor’s Indian Charity School during a two-and-a-half year tour of Great Britain (1765 to 1768). Much of this money went towards clearing land and erecting buildings in New Hampshire for the Charity School’s relocation — infrastructure that also happened to benefit Dartmouth. Many of Wheelock’s contemporaries were outraged by what they saw as misuse of the money, as it was clear that Dartmouth College was not intended for Indians and that Moor’s had become a side project. Although Wheelock tried to maintain at least some commitment to Native American education by recruiting students from Canadian communities, the move did a great deal of damage to his public image. The last decade of Wheelock’s life was not easy. In addition to the problems of trying to set up a college far away from any Anglo-American urban center, Wheelock experienced the loss of relationships with two of his most famous and successful students, Samson Occom and Samuel Kirkland (an Anglo-American protégé). He also went into debt for Dartmouth College, especially after the fund raised in Britain was exhausted.

Peck, Moses

Watchmaker Moses Peck took collections for Occom, and Wheelock had an account with him that involved shipping items to Lebanon and debits/credits for funding Occom. It is possible that Peck was Occom’s credit source in Boston. He was enthusiastic about and involved in the Indian education mission, and offered Wheelock advice about how to deal with Anglicans. Wheelock had Peck print his brief defense of Occom to counter the London Society’s rumors. Peck paid to send his son Elijah to school with Wheelock, although Elijah eventually failed his graduation examinations.

Occom, Samson

Samson Occom was a Mohegan leader and ordained Presbyterian minister. Occom began his public career in 1742, when he was chosen as a tribal counselor to Ben Uncas II. The following year, he sought out Eleazar Wheelock, a young Anglo-American minister in Lebanon, CT, in hopes of obtaining some education and becoming a teacher at Mohegan. Wheelock agreed to take on Occom as a student, and though Occom had anticipated staying for a few weeks or months, he remained with Wheelock for four years. Occom’s academic success inspired Wheelock to open Moor’s Indian Charity School in 1754, a project which gave him the financial and political capital to establish Dartmouth College in 1769. After his time with Wheelock, Occom embarked on a 12-year mission to the Montauk of Long Island (1749-1761). He married a Montauk woman, Mary Fowler, and served as both teacher and missionary to the Montauk and nearby Shinnecock, although he was grievously underpaid for his services. Occom conducted two brief missions to the Oneida in 1761 and 1762 before embarking on one of the defining journeys of his career: a fundraising tour of Great Britain that lasted from 1765 to 1768. During this journey, undertaken on behalf of Moor’s Indian Charity School, Occom raised £12,000 (an enormous and unanticpated amount that translates roughly to more than two-million dollars), and won wide acclaim for his preaching and comportment. Upon his return to Mohegan in 1768, Occom discovered that Wheelock had failed to adequately care for his family while he was gone. Additionally, despite the vast sums of money that he had raised, Occom found himself unemployed. Wheelock tried to find Occom a missionary position, but Occom was in poor health and disinclined to leave his family again after seeing the treatment with which they had met while he was in Britain. Occom and Wheelock’s relationship continued to sour as it became apparent to Occom that the money he had labored to raise would be going towards infrastructure at Dartmouth College, Wheelock’s new project, rather than the education of Native Americans. After the dissolution of his relationship with Wheelock, Occom became increasingly focused on the needs of the Mohegan community and increasingly vocal in criticizing Anglo-Americans’ un-Christian treatment of Native Americans. In September of 1772, he delivered his famous “Sermon on the Execution of Moses Paul,” which took Anglo-American spiritual hypocrisy as one of its major themes, and which went into four printings before the end of the year. In 1773, Occom became further disillusioned when the Mason Land Case was decided in favor of the Colony of Connecticut. The details of the Mason Case are complicated, but to summarize: the Colony of Connecticut had gained control of Mohegan land early in the 18th century under very suspect circumstances, and successfully fended off the Mohegan’s 70-year-long legal challenge. The conclusion of the case came as a blow to the Mohegans, and further convinced Occom of Anglo-American corruption. Along with David Fowler (Montauk Tribe), Occom's brother-in-law, and Joseph Johnson (Mohegan), Occom's son-in-law, Occom helped found Brothertown, an Indian tribe formed from the Christian Mohegans, Pequots, Narragansetts, Montauks, Tunxis, and Niantics. They eventually settled in Oneida country in upstate New York. Occom moved there with his family in 1789, spending the remaining years of his life serving as a minster to the Brothertown, Stockbridge, and Mohegan Indians. Harried by corrupt land agents, the Brothertown and Stockbridge groups relocated to the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago, though Occom died in 1792 before he could remove himself and his family there. Occom's writings and legacy have made him one of the best known and most eminent Native Americans of the 18th century and beyond.

Whitaker, Nathaniel

Nathaniel Whitaker was an outspoken Presbyterian minister with a long and wide-ranging career. Between his ordination in 1755 and his death in 1795, Whitaker ministered to five different congregations. His longest tenure was at Chelsea, CT (near Norwich), from 1761-1769, during which he joined Occom on his two-and-a-half-year fundraising tour of Britain. While in Chelsea, Whitaker was very involved in Wheelock's project. The two engaged in frequent correspondence, and Whitaker served on Eleazar Wheelock's Board of Correspondents in Connecticut, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Moor's Indian Charity School. At one time, he was Wheelock's presumed successor, but Dartmouth's Trustees demanded that Wheelock appoint another. Wheelock, in part due to his strongly-held belief that Native Americans were childlike and rash, was convinced that Occom needed an Anglo-American supervisor on his fundraising tour. After several candidates turned down the job, Wheelock selected Whitaker. He proved to be a poor choice; he was, by many accounts, a difficult man to get along with, and many of Wheelock’s British allies, including George Whitefield and the English Trust (the organization that took control of the money Occom raised in England) preferred to deal with Occom, although Whitaker insisted on handling the tour’s logistics. Furthermore, in Britain, Occom was the obvious star of the tour, and it was unclear to many why Whitaker asserted himself so prominently. Whitaker’s poor decisions seriously alienated the English Trust and increased their suspicion of Wheelock’s later dealings and treatment of Occom. He gave the English Trust the impression that they would have control over money raised in Scotland (which was in fact lodged with the parent organization of the SSPCK), and he was the executor of the “Eells Affair,” a plan initiated by the CT Board of the SSPCK to bring the money that Occom and Whitaker raised back to the colonies by investing it in trade goods and selling them at a profit (Eells was one of the merchants who was to help with the resale of goods). The English Trust learned about the plan by reading letters that Whitaker had given them permission to open in his absence, and were immediately shocked. The wording of certain letters made it appear that only a percentage of the profit from the resale of the goods would go towards Moor’s Indian Charity School, but beyond that detail, the English Trust was scandalized at the thought of money raised for charity being invested in trade. The English Trust blamed Whitaker entirely for these affairs, and issued specific instructions for Occom to notarize all documents requiring Whitaker’s signature. In short, they wanted Occom to supervise Whitaker, when Wheelock had envisioned the opposite relationship (both Occom and Whitaker seem to have ignored their instructions, preferring to have as little contact with one another as possible). In 1769, a year after his return to Connecticut in 1768, Whitaker found himself dismissed by his Chelsea congregation (likely because he had spent two and a half years away from them). He went on to serve several more congregations before his death in 1795. Whitaker was an outspoken Whig, and during the Revolution he published several pamphlets on his political opinions.

Wheelock, Mary (née Brinsmead)

Mary Wheelock was born Mary Brinsmead on July 26, 1714 in Milford, Connecticut. In the year following the death of his first wife, Eleazar began to court Mary Brinsmead, and the two married on November 21, 1747. Mary and Eleazar had five children together, including John, who would succeed his father as President of Dartmouth College. Little appears in the historical record about Mary, but many of the people who wrote to Wheelock, especially his Native correspondents who often lived with the family, referred to her warmly. In September 1770, Mary dismantled her longtime home in Connecticut, and travelled with her children to the Wheelocks' new home in the wilderness of New Hampshire. They rode in a coach sent over from England by John Thornton, accompanied by 30 Charity School students on foot. Eleazar, who had gone ahead to build housing for everyone, wrote a letter to Mary with many instructions about the move; the disposition of domestic animals, people, supplies; and the acquisition of money that suggests she was an able and trustworthy manager (manuscript 770510.1; this manuscript is not included in Occom Circle documents). She died in 1784 in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she is buried in the Dartmouth College Cemetery.

Wheelock, Rodulphus

Ralph Rodulphus Wheelock was Wheelock's oldest son and heir apparent. While Wheelock believed that Ralph showed great aptitude for the "Indian business," others saw Ralph as arrogant and abrasive. He also suffered from epilepsy, which seriously impeded his ability to work. He died in Hanover as an invalid under almost constant care and guardianship. Wheelock's struggle to accept his son's illness and his son's struggle to overcome it provide an undercurrent for some of the stranger events in the history of Moor's Indian Charity School and Dartmouth College. Ralph grew up surrounded by and dedicated to Indian education, but also with an inflated sense of Wheelock's, and his own, importance, which stayed with him for much of his life. Joseph Brant recounts a telling anecdote: Ralph once ordered William Major, Sir William Johnson's son, to saddle his horse on the grounds that he was the son of a gentleman and William Major was not. Ralph was unable to finish coursework at the College of New Jersey, which he attended from 1761-1763, although he graduated from Yale in 1765. He made three tours of the Six Nations (in 1766, 1767, and 1768), assisting ministers in bringing back children and negotiating with tribes. He taught at Moor's for two years, and was briefly considered as a companion for Occom on the Fundraising Tour. Wheelock formally named him as his heir in the 1768 draft of his will. However, Wheelock's reliance on Ralph brought disastrous consequences for the school. In the spring of 1768, Wheelock sent Ralph to the Onondagas and Oneidas to negotiate about schoolmasters and missionaries. Once there, Ralph managed to offend the assembled chiefs beyond repair. Ralph blamed his failure on Kirkland, and it was not until 1772 that Wheelock learned the truth of the matter. It is likely that Ralph's conduct influenced the Oneidas' decision to pull their children out of Moor's later in 1768: Wheelock himself implied as much in his 1771 Journal. By the early 1770s, Wheelock had realized that Ralph was never going to take over Dartmouth College. In a later will, Wheelock provided Ralph with £50 per annum for his care, to be paid out by the College, and stipulated that his other heirs should look after his oldest son. Because Ralph was unable to serve as Wheelock's heir, the presidency of the College passed to John Wheelock, a soldier who had no theological training or desire to run a college.

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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0032.ocp m. r Mr. Peck mentioned Peck, Moses
pers0030.ocp Ocom Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp Whitiker Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers1768.ocp Peter mentioned Peter
pers0030.ocp Mr Ocom Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp m r Mr. Whitker Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp m r Mr. Ocom Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0577.ocp Spauſe spouse mentioned Wheelock, Mary (née Brinsmead)
pers0578.ocp Son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0030.ocp mr Ocom Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0330.ocp Ebenezer Little writer Little, Ebenezer
pers0330.ocp M r Mr. Little writer Little, Ebenezer
pers0036.ocp M r Mr. Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0032.ocp m r Mr. Moſes Moses Peck mentioned Peck, Moses

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place0155.ocp Newbury Por t t Newburyport Newburyport
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon

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