Jacob Fowler, letter, to Samson Occom, 1775 March 14


[note (type: abstract): Fowler writes that he can offer Occom no financial assistance, that he has been licensed to preach, and that 16 new members were recently counted in church.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is formal and clear. Letter case with regard to the letter S is frequently difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Paper is in fair-to-poor condition, with heavy creasing and wear that results in some loss of text.][note (type: ink): Dark brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): Although it is uncertain, when Fowler refers, in his closing salutation, to "aged Dadda and Mamma," he is likely referring to James Fowler[pers0202.ocp] and Betty Fowler[pers0775.ocp]. Although it is uncertain, it is likely that "Miss Walcut" refers to Lucy Wallcut, daughter of Elizabeth Wallcut[pers0557.ocp]. This manuscript is improperly named — according to the date of the letter, the manuscript number should be 775214, not 774214. There is a note added to one verso in a different, likely 19th-century, hand that reads "(from fowler, college, 1775)." This note has not been included in the transcription.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.]
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Sir,
I do actually wish it lay in Power to help you but how I can I know not, I am [diſappointed | disappointed]diſappointeddisappointed still every way, I am sensible that your [Expences | expenses]Expencesexpenses are great, and stand in Need of Every small advance. — I am preparing to come out like an old sheeps horn and hope to shake the walls of Jerico. and do some good, as soon as may be — — — — — —
I think they say — Fowler[pers0018.ocp] has [past | passed]pastpassed Examination and is [Licenced | Licensed]LicencedLicensed to preach I believe [1.st | 1st]1.st1st of March[1775-03-01]. — I [gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): a]am full of [gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): B]Bus[gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): i]i[neſs | ness]neſsness and [gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): d]dont s[gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): e]eem to get [gap: hole][[guess (h-dawnd): a]any thing | anything][guess (h-dawnd): a]any thinganything neither. I am [affraid | afraid]affraidafraid sometimes I never will make a poor crooked sheep Horn, but Knowledge is said to grow as [doth | does]dothdoes the [Graſs | grass]Graſsgrass, which starts up, yet not seen [immedeately | immediately]immedeatelyimmediately. — — — — — — —
I want much to See yo[gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): u b]u but cant, — — —
I am glad to tell the g[gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): oo]ood News of [Converſion | conversion]Converſionconversion, [Numbr | number]Numbrnumber 16 were taken in Church [ye | the]yethe 12 [Ins:t | instant]Ins:tinstant[1775-03-12] which was an effecting sight. and animating to my drooping soul.— — — —  our Love to all your House People —
Duty to aged Dadda and mMamma, et omnia [Jx | Jacob]JxJacob Fowler[pers0018.ocp]
[left] M[iſs | iss]iſsiss [Wallcut | Wallcutt]WallcutWallcutt Sends ^[above] her^her Love and Duty to you. do Send her little Letter.
M[iſs | iss]iſsiss [Wallcut | Wallcutt]WallcutWallcutt Sends ^[above] her^her Love and Duty to you. do Send her little Letter.
To The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. Samson Occom[pers0030.ocp] Mohegan[place0143.ocp] in New London[place0164.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0018.ocp Fowler writer Fowler, Jacob
pers0018.ocp Jx Jacob Fowler writer Fowler, Jacob
pers0030.ocp Samson Occom recipient Occom, Samson

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0164.ocp New London New London

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0037.ocp Dartmouth College Dartmouth College

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1775-03-14 14:th14th March 1775
1775-03-01 1.st1st of March
1775-03-12 12 Ins:tinstant

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