Letter to Israel Williams, July 22, 1755

Albany July 21th [sic] 1755


Inclosed I send you my last Will and Testament desire you to Consult with Mr. Worthington whether it be Legal. If it is not plese to write one that is, Send it up and I will Execute it. I have alterd my mind since I left your Hous for reasons as to what I designd to give (which shou'd have been Handsom) to one very near to you, have given a small matter to others, as near to you, whose Conduct to me has renderd them selves most Amiable. Also since I left your House for reasons I have alter'd my mind as to what I designed to give to the Children of my Great Benefactor; have given but a small matter to two of them only. You will perceive I have given something for the benifit of those unborn, & for the sake of those poor Creatures I am mostly Concerned for fear my will should be Broke. I beleive Sir it would have been more agreable to you if I had gave it for an Accedemme at Hadley. I turned the affair over & over in my mind found so many difficultys, I thought it was best to give it in Another shape. I desire that you & Mr. Worthington would Inquire into the affair of Stockbridge Indians, which my Hond. [father?] left in charge: by no means let them be [torn] I desire you pay £ 20 to the [Pro]vince at a venture upon [said account?... I do not?] know that I owe them 1 quarter of it, but for fear I do, I will put anough in. Also plese to pay the following persons whose names are hereafter mentioned, if they are to be found; being soldiers under my command. I received the money out of the Treasury but never could find the men; have paid all but these- Danll. Wood, £ 4:10:8; Jonathan Connolly £ l:13:6; Nath. Ranger £ 2:12:0; Wm. Williston £ 1:16; lives near Rehoboth. These things above mentioned are most materael. I shall conclude by recommending my self to your prayers, & you and your Dear family to the Divine protection. I am Sir with great Esteem your Honr most Humble & most obliged servant

Eph Williams

PS in my will you find I ordered some money for the Benefit of the EastTown. I dont no there will be of a nough for the west; but so far is it goes pay well & then some good will come of it. E:W

P:S: Sr let no one but yr whole self, & John Worthington know what my will Contains

Source:Wyllis E Wright, Colonel Ephraim Williams: A Documentary Life (Pittsfield, Mass, 1970),111.