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Samson Occom, letter, to Susanna Wheatley, 1771 March 5

Manuscript Number: 771205.1

Date: 5 March 1771

Title: Samson Occom, letter, to Susanna Wheatley, 1771 March 5

Author: Occom, Samson

Recipient: Wheatley, Susanna

Abstract: Occom writes of the dire straits his family is under from lack of provisions, and of his trust in God. His eldest son has recently died. He requests a singing book for his children.

John Thornton, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1771 April 26

Manuscript Number: 771276

Date: 26 April 1771

Title: John Thornton, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1771 April 26

Author: Thornton, John

Recipient: Wheelock, Eleazar

Abstract: Thornton writes that he is grieved at the troubles between Wheelock and Kirtland. He warns that there has been “almost an outcry” over a misuse of the funds raised for the Indian Charity School, and that Whitaker is not well-liked in England. He hopes that reports of Occom drinking are untrue.

Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1771 July 24

Manuscript Number: 771424

Date: 24 July 1771

Title: Samson Occom, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1771 July 24

Author: Occom, Samson

Recipient: Wheelock, Eleazar

Abstract: Occom notes his disinclination to go into the wilderness, and complains bitterly of having been used as an agent and a curiosity in England to collect money for the college. He points out that there are no Indians at the school at present (except "two or three Mollatoes") and that this confirms his suspicion that Wheelock was scheming all along to use the charity for whites.

Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1771 September 9

Manuscript Number: 771509

Date: 9 September 1771

Title: Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1771 September 9

Author: Wheelock, Eleazar

Recipient: Thornton, John

Abstract: Wheelock thanks Thornton for his assistance, describes the buildings and details expenses for the Charity School. He adds his hopes that Occom has reformed and can be of service again.

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