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Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Benjamin Forfitt, 1763 September 8

Manuscript Number: 763508.1

Date: 8 September 1763

Title: Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Benjamin Forfitt, 1763 September 8

Author: Wheelock, Eleazar

Recipient: Forfitt, Benjamin

Abstract: Wheelock writes to Forfitt thanking him for sending a chest of books for the School, and detailing troubles with the Indians that have prevented the missions of Charles Jeffrey Smith, Occom and Ashpo.

John Smith, letter, to his friend, 1764 May 18

Manuscript Number: 764318.2

Date: 18 May 1764

Title: John Smith, letter, to his friend, 1764 May 18

Author: Smith, John

Recipient: Unknown

Abstract: Smith gives an account of his visit to Wheelock’s school, and to the Mohegan country, where he saw Occom.

Nathaniel Whitaker, narrative, 1766

Manuscript Number: 766900.11

Date: 1766

Title: Nathaniel Whitaker, narrative, 1766

Author: Whitaker, Nathaniel

Abstract: Whitaker gives a brief history of Indian conversion in America and why it has thus far been relatively unsuccessful. Occom’s story is used as an argument for promoting Wheelock’s School and its focus on educating Indians, rather than English, as missionaries. A plan for an expanded school is put forth.

Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1772 July 25

Manuscript Number: 772425.2

Date: 25 July 1772

Title: Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1772 July 25

Author: Wheelock, Eleazar

Recipient: Thornton, John

Abstract: Wheelock writes that he has drawn on Thornton for 50 pounds to discharge Occom’s debts in the hopes that Occom will go on a mission. He relates other news regarding Occom and Mr. Jewett, and notes that building is complete on the mills and a large barn.

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