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Eleazar Wheelock, letters, to Andrew Oliver and Gideon Hawley, 1761 June 10

Manuscript Number: 761360.1

Date: 10 June 1761

Title: Eleazar Wheelock, letters, to Andrew Oliver and Gideon Hawley, 1761 June 10

Author: Wheelock, Eleazar

Recipients: Oliver, Andrew; Hawley, Gideon

Abstract: Wheelock informs Oliver that the Onaquaga chiefs are planning a visit to Boston, and encloses a letter for Gideon Hawley that encourages Hawley to make a visit to Onaquaga, and to oversee Samuel Ashpo as a missionary. He mentions that Occom and David Fowler have set out on their mission to the Six Nations.

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 the Trust in England, 20 June 1771

Manuscript Number: 771370.1

Date: 20 June 1771

Title: Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to the Trust in England, 20 June 1771

Author: Wheelock, Eleazar

Recipient: Trust in England

Abstract: Wheelock writes to enumerate his reasons for obtaining an incorporation for his seminary. He also writes that the Society in Scotland will not reply to his letters regarding the funds in their hands; and that Occom, about whom Wheelock has heard rumours of drunkenness, has not replied to recent offers of missionary work.

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