Samuel Buell, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1758 October 17


abstractBuell writes that Occom should be sent on a mission to Virginia and, therefore, ordained as soon as possible.

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EventsOccom’s Ordination

  Revd And dear Sir, 
Yours by our little Jerime— I received,  and thank you for so much ^Love^ expreſsed in it to a Creture  so vile. I would have taken Your Dear little Jacob into  my Family during his stay here, but two Studients in  Divinity, and Dr^[illegible]^ Prime were sojourning with us already,  so ^that^ we were full; And it suited well that he should reſide  at Mr Hedges. I was for a Time determind to make  Trial of Peoples Generoſity, and see what they would do  for him, and other Indian Lads of Your School; but  upon second thought, I was apprehenſive that it might  be preventive of some future Acts of this Kind, and therefore  have omitted for the Preſent: How you came to hear  that my People are remarkable for Charity and  Liberallity I am not able to Say; they once indeed  exhibited Evidence of their Generoſity to Such a Degree  as I Suppoſe an equal Pr[illegible][guess: ſ]cedent is not to be found scarce  in the Annals of America, when they sent 17 teen  fat Oxen ^& Stears^ as a Preſent to our Army at Lake-George,  and bore the Expence of Conveyance; but otherwiſe I  am not aſſured they merit a high Incomium for Liberallity;  tho' I hope they will ever show a Chriſtian Spirit  upon proper Occaſion.— I am apprehenſive that it requiers  your Perſonal Preſence to obtain anything worthy of  mentioning from my People, for your School.   
'Tis true. some of my People abound with out^word^ Bleſsings;  But, I fear that in ^this^ Day ^in^ which there is so little  Mortification prevailing, little, very little, Liberallity  will be seen abounding. —  The laſt Week I receiv,d a second Letter from the Revd Mr  Davis in Virginia, as Secretary of a Society there, form,d  for propegating the Goſpel,— in which, in the moſt preſsing  manner, he urges that M.r Occum would by December ^next^ be  preſent with him — as engaging in a Miſſion among the  Cheireoikees, Upon the receiving of which — I immeadi[illegible]ately  applyed to Mr Occum to undertake, — and propoſed his  Ordination by our Presbetery, but this he declined, in  that, for Several Reaſons he thought he muſt neceſſarily  refuſe a complyance with the above Motion, at Preſent:  But has fully concluded, that upon renew,d Application  he will early the next Spring accept the Call. —  Accordingly I have wrote to Mr Davis and let him know,  that upon hearing from ^him^ again, as expreſsing his Deſier that  Mr Occum would come to him in the Spring; nothing  special occurring, he may depend thereupon: And 'tis  altogether Probible the Application will be renewe[illegible]d.—  You will therefore undoubtedly conclude, Sr, (without a Moments  Hiſitation,) that Mr Occums Ordination muſt neceſsarily be  attended as soon as it poſsibly can with Conveniency; and  I earniſtly beſeach it may; ^be our Side the Water^ or that You conſent, that he  Should be ordained by our Presbytery.— Mr Davis  Informs in his letter, that a Miſsionary now amoung the  Chei[illegible]rockees, writes encouraging,— "that they treat him with —   
"Honour and Affection, and have conſented to give  "him a fair Hearing; that there is Sufficient Encour  "agement to Send forth another Miſſionary.  Mr Davis writes, that the Salary they allow a  Miſsionary is at leaſt £70ty Sterl:^[below]g^: a Year; and they  Propoſe to bear Mr Occums Expences on his  Way to Virginia. I intended to have tranſcribed  much more of Mr Daviſe's Letter, but have not  Time. — It has so happen,d, that I have lately recei  ved a [illegible]large Number of Letters from Gentlemen  in the Miniſtry, ^several of which muſt now be anſwerd.—^ and Some have been so compleſant  as to Deſier my thoughts upon some critical Points  in Divinity, — the next Week is the Seſsion of our Preſby[illegible][guess: try]  Preſbytery which Occaſsion much [gap: hole] Buiſneſs this Week  and so ^much^ Ignor[illegible][guess: an]e, Selfe, Pride, Confuſion, and all that's  bad, attends m[illegible]e, yt I make but poor Work amidſt  all; You will :Dr Sr, Drop the Mantle of Love  over the Errors & Difficiencies of my Scrible. Pleaſe  to let me hear from You as Soon as may be.  I am pritty well aſſured from knowledge of the  Multiplicity of Buiſneſs that will lye before  the Preſbytery next Week — that we shall be  oblig,d to meet Soon again at this End of the  Iſland; ^in about 3 Weeks^ which will afford an Oppertune Seaſon  for Mr Occums Ordination, if You will pleaſe  to come, and aſſiſt, and make us Glad. I ^am^ Straitn,d  for time — am weary with Writing — and muſt omit many  things; But not this one ^viz^ my Dr Spouſe preſents you  with a thouſand-tun of Love, over and above Joyning  with me in cordial Salutations to your Selfe & Dr Spouſe.  I am, Revd & Dr Sr[gap: tear] utmoſt haſt   
Your Son & Sert[illegible]   Saml Buell    M,r Whelock   
M.r Buells Letter 
[below]M.r Buell's Letter  1758.
  ^[below]Rec.d Nov.r 4 1758.^   
For  The Revd MrWhelock  Lebanon