Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1764 August 11


abstractA somewhat testy (partial) letter from Nathaniel Whitaker to Eleazar Wheelock details the controversy brewing between Occom and David Jewett.

handwritingLargely clear and tidy with several abbreviations.

paperGood condition with light wear around edges.

noteworthyLetter is not complete; there is a fragment of note added on back, in different ink/hand.

EventsBuilding of Occom’s house, Jewett Controversy

Revd & Dear B.r 
I juſt now am informed by mr Lyman yt you Sent me  a letter yeſterday by a direct conveyance which is never  like to arive yt I know of — M.r Jewet & Occum were here  on thirſday, & waited till night almoſt — but no Wheelock  I happened to have a fine line of Lamb well dreſſed for your  Dinner, which I Shall charge to you — tho' mr Jewet &c  eat it — Mr Occum, in hopes to find you, came up again  yeſterday morning — you are So ſtingy of your Schemes  yt I know nothing — why you called mrJewet, &c is it in or­  der to Send either of us on a miſſion to the Turks? for it  ſeems you can mend all yt others do amiſs, or leave undone.
It may be you wo'd have mr Occum an houſe built — I ſho'd  be glad to have it done — am diſpoſed to do everything in my  Power to promote it — believe I can do but little among my  people to get help by labour or otherwiſe, indeed I can hardly  deſire ym, ya are So poor — It may be Something might be done  grati^s^ſe by Some in town But the great difficulty lies in the  diſaffection wh ariſes from, his neglect of mr Jewet, & his lec­  tures — my dear brother, I really fear that mr Occum does not  do well in this — I wiſh you could See Br Jewet — he told me  thurſday evening, yt Occum had not only broke up ye School  So yt there were but 3 children yt attended — but his lectures  alſo So yt but 3 or 4 attended ym — & yt he behaves haughtily  towards him (inter nos) but he can inform you better himſelf  I have adviſed mr Occum to treat mr Jewet with freedom, & go  to his houſe as he had invited him; & if he could not be free pub­  lickly, yet yt privately he might confer — but he looks on mr  Jewet as having injured ye indians — & improved ſome of yr land  & is, I fear, too credulous of Indian ſtories —You may be Sure of  my friendſhip to Occum, but I muſt be juſt, & I really believe  yt mr Jewet acts with ye greateſt tenderneſs poſſible — Mr Jewet  muſt write ye Commiſ.rs of ye State of ye School, but I perſwaded
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