Ralph Wheelock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1763 December 30


abstractRalph writes to his father from New York City regarding meetings with donors, including the Earl of Stirling, as well as with George Whitefield, who is also trying to secure funds. He mentions that Occom is arriving from Long Island to preach.

handwritingHandwriting slants upwards, and is bold and mostly legible.

paperPaper is in good condition despite heavy creasing and some tearing near location of seal, which results in a minor loss of text.

inkStrong, dark brown-black

noteworthyAs noted by its author, the letter is written hastily and contains many variant spellings and abbreviations. In the fourth-to-last line of one recto, the meaning of the abbreviation beginning "Ob." is uncertain. It is uncertain to whom "Capt. Wheelock" refers, and so he has been left untagged.

  Revd & hono.d ſir// 
After a maloncoly Journey  I arived safe on wedneſday Evening w.th a good  State of Health. Thursday morning waited on  my Lord, y.e Earl of Sterling, he appeared very Kind,  & good; promiſed all his help & aſsistance; engaged  to draw an Instrument, & to gett subſscriptions  by setting an example himſelf, the Intrist of  should be remitted, Quaterly or Yearly at your  desire, to y.e Amount of 25 or 30 £ p.r ann.* 
at [illegible: [guess: 11.oc]] waited on M.r Whitifild find him  full of Zeal for y.e Cause, has wrote to M.r  Erskin on y.e Head, & sais "in his Letter send  as soon as may ^be^ 200 or 300 £ for y.e use of  M.r Wheelock's School or y.e fatt is all in y.e  fire &c he is very sorrey y.o did not write  more perticular on y.e Head, he is out of H.th  much crowded w.th company, will write by y.e  Post soon, longs to see y.o will return to  Philad.a 10 days hence, from thence S.th Caroli.a  from thence to Boſton, he gave me for my  use, (Ob.[illegible] not y.e Schoolls) 10 £ NY. Curr. & I  find is in y.e town engaged. in & putting in  a word at every opportunity for y.e School.  made publick mention of it in his Prayer   
[left] * when my Lord has accompliſhed his Disign promesſed  Immediately to wirte.
Yesterday Morning & last Evening; I believe  something considerable might be done in  Town for y.e Schoo.ll Cap.t Wheelock has  wrote M.r Noel will give y.o y.e Books as  he had them for London. will send as  soon as may be. 
I have but just hinted am in  utmost haist, y.e Barrer is waiting   
Duty & Love y.o will Sir   present Sir.   from your Dutifull Son   Rad.s Wheelock 
I have seen M.r Occom he will  have more time next week.  M.r Whitifild ^Sent^ for him from y.e Iſland.  he is to Preach on y.e morrow.  please Sir if y.o have opportunity by  all means write a Circumſtantial  Letter to M.r Whtifild he will  tarrey 10 Day or a fortenight  excuse y.o will ^see^ I am in a ^great^ [illegible][guess: haste]   
Radulphus Wheelock  Decem.r 30.th 1763   
To  The Rev.d  M.r Eleazar Wheelock  Connecticut
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