Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1763 March 5


abstractWheelock writes to request that DeBerdt show his proposal regarding a tract of land to various gentlemen in England. He also mentions the need for books, globes, and maps; and that Smith, Occom, and Ashpo are all on missions.

handwritingHandwriting is informal and somewhat messy; there are several deletions and additions.

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inkBrown ink is overwritten in spots with bolder black-brown ink.

noteworthyGiven the informality of the hand and the numerous additions and deletions, it appears that this is a draft.

  My Dear Sir 
Since my last to you My School has  appeard with a more Encouraging aſpect than ever  there have.g been for Some Time evident markes of  a Spirit of Conviction in the most of the my ^Scholars^ and in  ſeveral Inſtances, much Reaſon to think ^yr has been^ a Saving  Change has been wrought. The Instance which I menti­ ­oned in my laſt of the young Mohawk appears  more & more evident. and Joseph Woolley gives  me Reaſon to think that the [illegible] ^very lately he has [illegible]^  [illegible] ^a ſaving change indeed paſsed from Death to life.^ My Pleasure in them and in doing for them  is indeed very great. Such a School  I never before Saw. —
The inclosed proposal pleaſe to ^I deſire you would^ Shew to  Doctr Giffords, M.r Savage and M.r Whitefield  if he be yet in England and make what  use and Improvement of it you ^ſhall^ think  proper. I greatly long to have it accompliſh­ ­ed. are there more near his Majesty who  would favour & Promote it? there are ſo  many ^& ſo weighty^ arguments in fav.r of it, that it cant  be but they would obtain his Majesties Counten­ nance if they were but Justly repreſented to him
M.rSmith of Boston gave me a hint yt  among other acts ^Expreſsions^ of Kindneſs towards this School  there was Some talk of Collecting a Library  for it, which would indeed be very acceptable.  as it is ^very^ much wanted. and if God ^who has y.e [illegible] of [illegible]in his [illegible][guess: Han^d^]^ Should put  it into the Hearts of his people ^any^ to accompliſh it  I hope Some generous Soul will ^also^ think also of  the Neceſsity we are in of a pair of Globes and  a Set of good Mapps.
and as you are Senſible the weight of Charge  upon me, for the Support of this Deſign is not   ^[below] Diminiſhing ^
Diminiſhing but increaſing So I truſt you  will not be wanting to promote & encourage  Such aſsiſtance for me as Shall be needful  and within your Power.
I hope by the Bleſsing of God on the Labours  of Meſsrs Smith, Occom, and Aſhpo I may ^ſhall^  have the [illegible]Pleaſure to inform yu of that  which ſhall be comfortable and [guess: Shew] ^refreſhing & which ſhall juſtify^ you &  all those whose by whose Charity & Labours  of Love this Deſign has been ſupported hitherto,  that they have not been in vain ^what you have done has not been in vain.^
I am indeed eager to ſupply the [illegible] ſavages ^world^  with Godly Miſsrs and the more So
Dear Sir. of what vaſt importance is it that  a Sett of godly, Skillful, Faithf.ll Miſsrs ^Men^ Should have  the Lead in the great affair? Oh! let us pray  inceſsantly that the Lord of the Harveſt would ſend  Such Labourersinto his Harveſt, and ^mercifully^ prevent all  the miſcheifs ^which are^ to be feared from blind, carnal ſelf ſeeking  men. 
Dear ſir pray for   yours in the Deareſt Bonds  Eleazar Wheelock 
Letter to M.r DeBerdt  March 5. 1763.  with a proposal for  a Tract of Lands, &c