Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Moses Peck, 1761 March 25


abstractWheelock thanks Peck for the money sent for Occom, and gives an account of Occom’s work since leaving Wheelock’s school.

handwritingInformal handwriting is mostly clear and legible.

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


noteworthyThis letter is written in response to manuscript 761108. It is possibly a copy or draft.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas, Occom’s Mission to the Montauketts, Occom’s Marriage

  My Dear Sir, 
Yours of Jan.y 8th incloſing £3.16.0  for the Releif of Mr Occom, was delivered into my  Hand by Col.o Huntington of Norwich on the  24.th of Feby I was much affected with the con ‐tents. My Soul bleſsed those charitable Perſons who  made the Collection and dont deſire their right  Hand ſhould know it. It is Bread caſt upon the  water, not lost but ſent to him whose Mercy  will find them out. I have wrote M.r Occom [illegible]  an Acco.t of it. and expect him over ſoon  to make Proviſion for his Deſigned journey to  The Oneida Indians (to whom he is going as a  Miſsionary this Spring), when I expect An Opportunity  to deliver the Same to him. and I doubt not  he will receive it with much Gratitude.
And as to his Circumſtances. I hope if the Small  Pox dont diſcourage me, to ſee you this Spring,  when I may give you a more Full acco.t & therefore  for the Preſent ſhall only hint. That about 11, or 12  years ago he left me in complyance with the very  preſsing Importunity of Rev. M.r Horton who was  Miſsy to the Indians at Montauck — he went  among them at a Time when they were in very great  confuſion by [illegible]reaſon of Exhorters who had ſowed diſ ‐cord among them — M.r Occom took the ſchool &  Supplyed them as a Publick Teacher in Mr Hortons  Abſsence or when he was viſiting in Other parts of the  Island which was about 4. fifths of the Time by ye  ^Bleſsing of God on ^ M.r Occom's Prudence ^& Labour^ the confuſion ſubſided. he  had at firſt Something done for him by the Inhabtts  of the Island. and £20. annually allowed him by  the Honle Commiſsrs for Indian Affairs his help from  his Neighbours ſoon faild & he has but Little  Since 
[left]Letter to M.r Moses Peck. 1761: Thanks for M.r Occoms Donation March
ſince besides the 20lb [illegible]His publick Character and  Situation & Buſineſs have Exposed him to much  company of both Engliſh & Indians. He married  one of his Pupils about 9. or 10. years ago. And  has 6 children. his Eldeſt ſon has been about  a year in my School. Mr Occom has been neceſsi ‐tated to improve all his Leiſure Hours in hard  Labour to ſupport his family. he dreſses decent ‐ly. but is very frugal in his manner of Living.  he looks to be almoſt worn out with hard Labour  — It grieves me to the Heart that his abilities  are ſo much Starved for want of ſupport & a  Library and he in such a meaſure thrown away  God has honoured him to be the Inſtrument of a  great deal of Good Good. And I have Reaſon to  think of Saving good to a conſiderable Number  he had a Joyful Harveſt there about 4 years ago in which  as I am informd by Such as are to be depended upon, were  In a Judgment of national Charity not leſs than 14. converted  The Indians are very poor and not able to do much for him  nor So well inſtructed in their Duty in that regard as they  ſhould be, and it is Difficult for Mr Occom to do it ^insſtruct ym in it^  without Prejudice to the Gospel. now in its Infancy among  them. pleeſe to give my Love to those who had a Hand  in the collection contribution for Mr Occom if you know who  they are. My Indian Boys behave very well and make  good progreſs in their Learning. I deſign to aſk aſiſtance  in the Affair, in my Journey, which if I cant obtain I dont  know how to get along. pleaſe to accept the Kindeſt ſalutat‐ ‐tions to you & your D.r Spouse from me my wife, my ſon  and all my Family. & Remember when you get near to  God.
Your very Affectionate Friend   and Humble Servant  Eleazar Wheelock 
Mr Moses Peck