Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1749 September 6


abstractWheelock writes to express his belief that Occom should take a school, provided he neither strains his eyes nor renders himself otherwise unavailable to the Honorable Commissioners.

handwritingHandwriting is small and informal, yet largely clear and legible.

paperSmall single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.

noteworthyThis letter is on the same paper as manuscript 749507. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note on one verso that reads "— + Sol. Wms 1749." This note, which has not been transcribed, refers to the author of manuscript 749507.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

EventsOccom leaves his studies

Dear Child 
Yours of Aug.t 28. is Now before  me, I've heard Nothing from the Honle  Com̅issrs Since I Saw you. I cant think yt  they will be Diſpleaſ'd at your Leaving  your Studies Since your Reaſons for  it are So Sufficient. & provided it is  not too much for your Eyes, & you  Can have a Sutable reward Secur'd to  you, and the benefit of Good Converſa­ ­tion where you board, I Dont See  but it is adviſable for you to take  a School and to take it for half a  year if you do it with this proviſo  yt if your health Shod be reſtor'd  you may be at Liberty to obey any  orders You Shall have from the Honle  Com̅iſsrs &c. Dont let any of your ingag ­ments interfere with y.t which has  been the Grand Deſign & view of those  Gentlemen and others who have been  doing for you. I heartily Sympathi^ze^  with you in y.e Late awfull providence  of God towards your family. I pray  GOD to Sanctify to you and all ſur­ ­vivers. & Effectually convince us of the  neceſsity of being always Ready for  our own Turn. Mine & Br. Pomroys  families are in usual health. accept  my Love who am   
your aſsured Friend &c   Eleaz.r Wheelock    Leb. Sept.r 6  AD 1749.     
Dr Wheelocks   
To  M.r Samſon Occom  Now at Muntaugg  on Long Island  Theſe