Solomon Williams and Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to the Honorable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1764 July 10

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abstractWilliams and Wheelock write to inform the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge that, per its commission, a Connecticut board of correspondents has been formed, and officers have been elected. They state that the best prospect for furthering the Society's design lies with Wheelock’s Indian charity school, and that they hope to employ Occom and Ashpo.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible, with very few deletions and additions.

noteworthyContents of letter are identical to those of 763900.0. The narrative mentioned on one recto is the first of Wheelock's "Narratives," printed in Boston in 1763.

  To the Honoured Sirs, 
We take the earliest Opportunity, by Direction   of your Board of Correſpondents in the Colony of Connecti­  cut, to inform you, that, upon Receipt of your Commiſsion,  the Gentlemen named therein, met in Lebanon July 4:th,  & formed themſelves by chooſing the proper Officers named,  to enable them to act in Capacity of your Correſpondents,  and to give you an Account of their Doings, and preſent  Proſpects. And in the firſt place to return you our warm­ eſt & ſincereſt Thanks for the Honour you have done  them, in commiſsioning them to be Correſpondents of your  Honourable Society. We join our earneſt Prayers  with you, and ſhall by God's Grace unite our fervent  Labours to promote the excellent Purpoſe your pious  Hearts are ſet upon; the Advancement of the Kindgom   of our bleſsed Redeemer, & ſpreading the Savour of  his Knowledge among them who ſit in Darkneſs, and  the Region and Shadow of Death, the moſt glorious  Object of your and our Attention. As the doing this  will ſerve alſo the Intereſt of our King, ſo there is  one Circumſtance peculiarly obligatory on us, that the  Succeſs of it will be greatly beneficial to the Peace and  Happineſs of our own Country. We humbly take Leave  to inform your Honourable Board, that the beſt Proſpect  which at preſent lies in our View, is in the School, wch  has been for ſome Time under the Care of the Rev.d   Mr Wheelock; a Narrative of the Riſe & Progreſs of  which to November 1762 has been ſent to the moſt  Honourable Marquis of Lothian , & other Members of  your Society; but leſt they have failed to reach  you, we herewith tranſmit one; and expect you ^[below]will^ 
[left]To the Honbl Society in Scotland  for propagating Chriſtian  Knowledge july 1764
   
will be ſerved with the Continuation of it to November 1763, either from  the Preſs, or Manuſcript from Boſton, it having been ſome Months  ago tranſmitted to Mr John Smith, Merchant there. And our preſent  Proſpects & Purpoſes you will ſee as follows. Though we have no Aſsu­ rance of Peace with the Indians, yet entertain ſtrong Hopes that the  preſent Troubles will be brought to a ſpeedy Iſsue. And are perswa  ded, that when that Event happens, it concerns us, to be as ſpeedy  as Poſsible in exerting our utmoſt Endeavours to ſpread the Goſpel as far  as may be into the Bowels of the Pagan Country; if poſsible, before it is  thronged with unrighteous Dealers, whoſe unbounded Avarice threatens  the greateſt Miſschief to the Cauſe. We have voted to take the Rev.d   Mr Occom into our Service, if he may be freed from a Preengagement   to the London Commiſsioners, which we expect may be without Difficult[gap: worn_edge][guess: y]]  We have alſo referred to our Committee, the ſending of Samuel Aſhpo,  a judicious & pious Indian, when Providence ſhall open a Door.  We have alſo the pleaſure to inform you, that there are eight or ten  Indian Youth in this School, of good Moral Character, well accompliſhed  for ſhoolmaſters, except their Want of Age & Fortitude. We purpoſe  to ſend forth two or three of theſe, next ſpring, to remote Tribes, in the Capa­ city of School Maſters, & expect by the Bleſsing of God, that in the Courſe of a Year,  they will be ſo far accquainted with the Cuſtoms & Languages of theſe Nations,  that it may be probably expedient to ordain & improve them as Miniſters among  them. We expect the Revd Mr Charles Jeffry Smith will return as ſoon as it will  be ſafe for him, on a Miſsion to the ſix Nations. And the union of all theſe,  in the ſame Plan, we apprehend will afford a more agreeable Proſpect than has  ever yet appeared of this kind. But theſe Things we have determined upon  without a ſhilling in ſtock, relying only on him, whoſe the Earth is, & the Fullneſs  thereof, to ſupport the ſame; who has hitherto appeared to own the Deſign, &   increaſe it from ſmall Beginnings; nor has ſuffered thoſe, who have truſted in  him, to be aſhamed of their Confidence. And conſidering, the great Evidence  of the Piety & Generoſity of your Honourable Society, we doubt not that, when  the Importance of this Affair ſhall be maturely conſidered by you, you will,  agreeable to the other Expreſsions of your pious Zeal, do all that your Wiſdom  & Power enables you to do, to render us capable to execute theſe great & good  Deſigns ­ And as the expected openings will probably induce Miſsionaries and  School Maſters to viſit remoter Tribes than any of our Miſsionaries have hither  to reached; and theſe Miſsionaries moſtly Indians, we conceive will give them  more convincing Proofs of the Sincerity of our Intentions; and incline  them to ſend their promiſing Youth when invited, to receive an Education  with us: ſo we hope the Hon.ble Society will think this School, which ſubſists  on no other Fund but the Care & Bounty of Divine Providence, to be an Object  worthy of their kind Notice and Encouragement   
Signed by the Order, & in the Name; of the Correſpondents,  by,  Honoured Gentlemen,  Your moſt humble Servents Solomon Williams Preſes.  Eleazar Wheelock Secr.try 
NB. Jonathan  Huntington Esqr is of  Windham is choſen  Treaſurer of the Board of Correſpondents   
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