Petition of Sundry Indians of Mashpee to the Trustees of Harvard College

The proprietors of Marshpee Plantation send their humble request to Harvard College, the trustee of the Williams' fund for converting the Indians in New England:

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First: The money paid to Mr. Fish who was settled here by Harvard College, and never by the Indians, is of no use to us.  Mr. Fish is paid for preaching to the Whites and not for preaching to us,

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Second:  Mr. Fish is of no use benefit to us as a missionary.  He does not visit or instruct us, and there is no prospect of the Indians ever being willing to hear him preach.  He took part against us when we tried to get our liberties.

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Third:  Nathan Pocknet and his family and two or three more who opposed our getting our liberties are all the Colored people who go to Mr. Fish's meeting and he keeps our meeting house from us.

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Fourth:  We wish the College to dismiss Mr. Fish and give the money to schoolmasters.  They will send to teach our children, which we think will do more to convert them than Mr. Fish will ever do.

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Fifth:  If the College cannot do this, we wish them to withdraw the money now paid for nothing and which only makes divisions with us, and bestow it on our brethren in some other part of New England if Mr. Williams so designed.

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Your Most Obedient,

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William Mingo 

Isaac Coombs                                    

Ezra Attaquin                                  

Daniel B. Amos                                    

Ebenezer Attaquin

Daniel Queppish

Timothy Pocknet

Anthony Henson                              

Oaks A. Coombs                              

Christopher Henson                         

Francis Hicks, his mark                 

Joseph Pocknet                                   

William Jones                                       

Isaac Wickham                                    

Isaac Simons, his mark                                    

James Lewis, Jr., his mark                              

Job Squib, his mark                                                                                                                    

John Queppish, his mark               

James Brown, his mark

David Wilbur

Joseph Tobias

Charles DeGrass

Sampson Alvis

Jeremiah Hicks, his mark             

Abraham Jackson, his mark       

Moses Pocknet

Ebenezer Low

Dives Queppish

William Holland, his mark          

Joseph Amos, his mark

Gideon Nautumpum, his mark 

Solomon Attaquin

Daniel Pocknet, his mark             

Nicholas Pocknet, his mark        

Simon D. Low

May 10, 1836

District of Marshpee, 1836

                                                                       

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[35 Signers out of 41 voters present in District Meeting. 21 of whom write their names]

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B. F. Hallett, Esq., Sir you are requested and authorized as counsel for the Selectmen and Proprietors of Marshpee, to lay the petition before Harvard College, and act for us as in trying to get the College to remove Mr. Fish and restore our rights.

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Selectmen and Town Clerk of Marshpee District

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William Mingo

Isaac Coombs

Ezra Attaquin

Daniel B. Amos

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Marshpee

May 10, 1836

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Mr. Mingo says that the petition was read twice before the District meeting, Mr. Marston being present, and that afterward those signed it who chose.

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Endorsement:

Petition of the Marshpee Indians, etc., May 19, 1836

Notation:

D / Petition of Marshpee Indians to Trustees of the Williams Fund, May 10, 1836

Cataloguing:

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