Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1761 May 4


abstractWheelock writes that he is seeking an incorporation, and that Occom has preached in Wheelock’s pulpit prior to leaving for his mission to the Oneidas.

handwritingHandwriting is relatively clear, with some deletions and additions.

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



noteworthyGiven the number of additions and deletions, the lack of an address, and the abbreviated signature, this document is likely a copy or draft.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

  My Hon.d & Deard Sir   
Yours of May 17. And Aug.t 29. 1760.  both came to Hand Since I came to this Town. I have ſuch  a crowd of Buſineſs that I cant ^now^ attend to write you  perticularly but will do it as ſoon as I can get leiſure.  in general My School flouriſhes, & our Proſpects ſtill  greater & greater. I am going to diſcourſe his Excell.cy  the Gov.r & Lieu.t Gov.r of this Province on the Affair,  of an Incorporation. We have thought it of Importance  that we ſhould be capable of the Tenure & Diſposal of Lands  &c. but perhaps we Shall find no need of any Hand but in  him whose is ye fullneſs of the Earth, & who gives and diſ­ ­poses of it as he will. we have joyful Symptoms in  Several Places in Connecticut that another glorious day  of Gods Power & Special Grace is at the Door. —   The hopes & Expectations of many among us are much raiſed  that we ſhall Soon See greater Trophies of the Redeemers   victories in North America than there have been of his  Majeſties by the lale glorious Conqueſts [guess: atto] the Northward  The door is now ſet wide open for the Deſign. Nothing  is now wanting but Miſsrs, Interpreters & Money.  their Youth Muſt come to us or ours go to them  to be fitted for that Purpose. and it cant be without  Expence. I am now Sending My black Son M.r  Occom preachd in My Pulpit [illegible][guess: 5]. Sabaths ago to a full  aſsembly. and to good acceptance. a rare Sight and  Such an one as was never ſeen in Connecticut before  he is going on a Miſsion ^to the Oneidas^. Supported by a Number of  Gent.n in N York Gov.t – I purpose to ſend one of my  Schollars with him in order to accompany ſome  well chosen youth from remote tribes to this ſchool.   dear Sir do write as often as you can Your Letters have  done much good. Your Name is known and is dear to  many here. when I ſee M.r Peters I will [illegible]  Inform him as to the 5. g.s &c. Our Purchaſses on  Delaware and Seſquaanna have chosen [illegible] Coll.o  Dyar their agent who is to Embarque for Europe as ſoon as  Rec.d & Recoverd of the Small pox by Enocu.n & has made himſelf   ready — I am in utmoſt haſt. 
Yours Moſt Affectionately  In Our Common Lord  EW.   
Letter to M.r DeBerdt  May 1761