Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to George Whitefield, 1764 May 18


abstractWheelock requests Whitefield’s help in drawing up a memorial to the Assembly. He comments on Occom’s work, which received good acceptance from Indians at Mohegan and Niantic, and discusses dissatisfaction with the Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge.

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My dear & Hono.d Friend.   
I have preſerv’d a Memorial to the  Aſsembly now setting here, for such an Incorporation as  may perpetuate my School, & secure ye Design of  Benefactors &c but it will not be heard till ye latt= =er end of next week — & I find it difficult to  get a Plan well drawn — Gentlemen of ye Law  here are much unacquainted with such Drafts.  I wish I had tho’t of desiring you by M.r Smith to  send one, or some miniuts of ye Form of such a  Society, & w.t must be ye Number for I cant yet le= =arn how many are allowed by ye Statute without  ye Kings own Act. pleas Sir to write me by ye next  Post & direct it to Cap.t Danel Bull (w.th whom I lodge)  & it will be will forwarded. 
I’ve seen M.r Occom this week, he is zealous, —  preaches to good acceptance, ye Indians at Mohegan  & Nihantic are all to a Man attached to him, his  aſsemblies much crowded with English, as well as  Indians, & I think a good prospect of his usefull= =ness. 
He tells me he had much rather be under y.e  Conduct & Direction of ye same as this School &  the Miſsionaries from it are under, than of Comm̅=  =iſsrs at such a distance, as M.r CJ Smith & ye Youth  proposed soon to be put into Buſineſs among ye Six  Nations, (one of whom viz D Fowler is his Brother  in Law.) may all be considered with him in ye same   Plan   
[right]To the Rev.d G. Whitefield  now in Boston
Plan, & be of special Service to one another, & much better  able to serve ye Design of their Miſsion than they likely  can without such Connections, & he thinks moreover there  is Propriety in it, as it will preſerve his visible Relation  to this School, & enable him to do much more to promote  it than he ^will^ likely be able to do in his present Connections.  He appears Modest & Submiſsive, would have wrot but  feard it would look like unsteadineſs & fickleneſs.  If you think there is weight in these Hints, & will write  him on ye Head, he will write you freely & fully. 
I have look’d upon ye Treatment I have received  from ye Scotish Com̅iſs.rs to be a plain Intimation y.t it  is not my Duty in their Present State or while their  Present Comt.ee continue to have any such connections  with them as will give them any opportunity to dis= =serve this School. Those Gentlemen are so Ignorent of  Country Affairs yt they dont know when they are generouſly  dealt w.th & some think them not leſs Ignorant of Indian  affairs, th’o they think themſelves sufficient to  govern the whole. &c. 
My bodily Disorders so prevail y.t unleſs I shall  be better in health, I shall not be able to attend  ye Aſsembly a Concord. &c. I expect my dear  Brother, to finish this Tempestuous Voyage  before you. — 
I am   yours in ye dearest, sweetest Bonds  E Wheelock  Hartford May 18,  1764.   Rev.d George Whitefield.