David McClure and Levi Frisbie, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 May 28

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[note (type: abstract): McClure and Frisbie write to suggest that Occom join them on the mission soon to be undertaken near the Ohio.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small, yet formal and clear.][note (type: paper): Single sheet is in fair-to-poor condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown-black ink fades in and out.]
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[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and dear [ſir | sir]ſirsir // 
[top] To [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [illegible] Samson Occom[pers0030.ocp] May 28. 1772
To [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [illegible] Samson Occom[pers0030.ocp] May 28. 1772
You have [doutleſs | doubtless]doutleſsdoubtless been informed of the good  desire of the Indians[org0038.ocp] who live near the Ohio[place0178.ocp], to have english [Miſsio= naries | missio‐ naries]Miſsio= nariesmissio‐ naries tCome among them to instruct them in the great truth of the  Gospel [illegible] [& | and]&and of the applications they have  repeatedly made in the Synod of New York[org0102.ocp] to send them [Miſsio= naries | missio‐ naries]Miſsio= nariesmissio‐ naries for that purpose; we your friends, educated with reference to  the important design of spreading abroad among them the knowledge  of the only true God [& | and]&and his Son our [bleſsed | blessed]bleſsedblessed Redeemer, [tho' | though]tho'though in our= selves every way unworthy [& | and]&and unqualified for so important a [busineſs | business]busineſsbusiness  were the last week solemly ordained with a design to set out  for that Country [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): abroad]abroad in a short time. The undertaking is great —  but we hope we trust in God for support [& | and]&and Strength [& | and]&and that he  will mercifully preserve our Lives amid the many dangers we  [illegible]expect will surround us; We think we are moved hereto from  a desire to reclaim be instrumental to reclaim those poor deluded [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): im‐]im‐ [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): matals]matals from their ignorance [& | and]&and Barbarism to a knowledge of the Gospel.  We heartily [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): re]rejoin in every opening of divine providence for this de‐ sirable End.
And as, Sir, we understand that not far from the  place where we are going there are a Tribe of Indians who talk 
the Mohegan[org0063.ocp] Language, wAnd where probably th a [Miſsionay | missionary]Miſsionaymissionary  [espeially | especially]espeiallyespecially one whose native ^[above] Language^Language is their own would meet a kind reception  among [illegible]: We would therefore take this [Opp.y | opportunity]Opp.yopportunity to  manifest how very agreeable to us it would be, should  you think but to make a trial ^[above] with us^with us [illegible]. And we ^[above] are^are  [perswaded | persuaded]perswadedpersuaded that [accord.g | according]accord.gaccording to human probability the prospect  of your being eminently survivable among them is very  great. Your Influence would be much greater than  any english [miſsionary | missionary]miſsionarymissionary's would be. the prejudice they  naturally imbibe [& | and]&and which have [amog | among]amogamong many tribes proved an  effectual bar against their cordial reception of English [Miſ‐ sionaries | mis‐ sionaries]Miſ‐ sionariesmis‐ sionaries would have no room to exercise itself Should You  go [illegible]. We shall probably continue some time among  them should the arrangments of God in his providence should  not forbid if we can with safety continue [illegible]
And we hope, Sir, you will [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): please]please think [favorablely | favourably]favorablelyfavourably  of such a project [& | and]&and that ^[above] [ye | the]yethe Lord^[ye | the]yethe Lord your way will be clear ^[above] your way [& | and]&and your [illegible] ^[above] [inclin'd | inclined]inclin'dinclined ^[inclin'd | inclined]inclin'dinclined to comply^your way [& | and]&and your [illegible] ^[above] [inclin'd | inclined]inclin'dinclined ^[inclin'd | inclined]inclin'dinclined to comply  with the present agreeable opening. We earnestly ask  your fervent Prayers for us [illegible] [yt | that]ytthat God would graciously  manifest his favor [& | and]&and guide [& | and]&and direct us [thro' | through]thro'through all our way [& | and]&and makes us  instrumental of great Good among the Heathen.
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[illegible][illegible] [illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): are]are]  with much Affection [& | and]&and Esteem Your Cordial Wellwisher[illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): s]s]   in this Lord — [D. M:C– | David McClure]D. M:C–David McClure[pers0368.ocp] Levi Frisbie[pers0209.ocp]
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pers0030.ocp Rev. d Rev. Samson Occom recipient Occom, Samson
pers0368.ocp D. M:C– David McClure writer McClure, David
pers0209.ocp Levi Frisbie writer Frisbie, Levi

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place0178.ocp Ohio Ohio River

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org0037.ocp Dartmouth College Dartmouth College
org0038.ocp the Indians Delaware Tribe
org0102.ocp Synod of New York Synod of New York and Philadelphia
org0063.ocp Mohegan Mohegan Tribe

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1772-05-28 May 28, 1772

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modernization Rev.d Rev.
modernization ſir sir
modernization doutleſs doubtless
modernization Miſsio= naries missio‐ naries
modernization bleſsed blessed
modernization busineſs business
modernization Miſsionay missionary
variation espeially especially
variation perswaded persuaded
modernization miſsionary missionary
modernization Miſ‐ sionaries mis‐ sionaries
variation favorablely favourably
modernization ye the
modernization yt that

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& and
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D. M:C– David McClure

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