Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1764 September 3


abstractWheelock writes to DeBerdt about the petition to the King for a land grant, an offer by the Hebron Society of 1,000 pounds, and Occom's prospective mission.

handwritingInformal handwriting is small, crowded and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperSingle large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBold black ink bleeds through the paper.

noteworthyThis document appears to be a draft.

M.r De Berdt    My dear & Hond Friend   
Though I ſeldom of late receive a Line from you,  yet I underſtand by D.r Gifford you are not unmindfull of  nor unactive in My Affair; and I have been willing to admitt as  excuſe for your writing no oftener, your great crowd of Buſs ‐neſs. however as the fixing the Place and Building for this  School ^which is now become so needful.^ is Suſpended till we hear the Succeſs of my Suit for a  Grant of Lands for it, &c. which I have committed to your Care  and Conduct, I should be very Glad to hear if there be any  Proſpect of Succeſs therein. My Hope is only in God, in Whoſe  Hand is the Heart of the King and all about him. And the  Signal Appearances of Gods Hand ^all along^ in Favour of the deſign encou ‐rages me to Hope, in Favour of his Mercy Still, that he has  yet further and Greater Favours in Store for it.
The firſt Society in Hebron ^about 6 miles from hence^ Where M.r Pomeroy is Miniſter offer  me £1000 lawful Money. (that is about a quarter poorer than  Sterling) for I the use of theis School, and to be in part paid im ‐mediately in Building for the School if I will conſent to fix it  there. and a Gentleman from Windham about 9 miles ^from hence^ distant  told me the[illegible] ^a few^ Days ^ago^ he Thought it likely ^(tho' no trial has yet been made)^ y.t they would give  Two Thouſand, to have it there, but no trial has ^yet^ been made there
Purſuant to the Orders of our new formd Board of Corriſpondants  M.r Occom ^(being diſchargd from y.e Service of ye London Com̅iſrs in Boſton)^ Sat out with David Fowler the Senior Indian in this  School on their Long Journey to meet gen.l Johnſon, if it may  be before the Parties from Remote Tribes of Indians, who have  Joynd him, Shall be diſperſed in Order to preach Chriſt to them  and make Proposals to them of Receiving School Maſters & Miſsrs  among their Reſpective Tribes; The opportunity appeard ſo favou‐ rable, and the Importance of our being Speedy therein So great that we  ventured to Send them without Money to Support their Miſsion. and for  a Supply have directed them to wait upon M.r Whitefield who is now at  New York, on their way— and if his Neceſsities for his Orphan House,  (for which a Sum is required far exceeding his Expectations) dont forbid it  we hope they may be Supplyed ^through his Influence.^ and in Case that fails, I have orderd  M.r Occom to hire it upon my Credit. I hope the Iſsue will be ſuch as  may Juſtify our Conduct, and if not, that the greater Importance of our being  before hand [illegible]of the bad people whom we expect will crowd into that coun‐ try ^as Soon as y.e War is over, only to Service themselves^, will be rightly conſidered and be eſteemed Sufficient to Secure us from  much Blame. I have also directed him ^with the Advice & Aſsiſtance of Gen.l Johnſon^ to procure 15. or 20. likely Youth  with the Advice and Aſsiſtance of Gen.l Johnſon, from Tribes as remote as  may be for this School,— the Boys I have with me in general  behave exceedingly well. We hope to be able to furniſh if a Support for  them may be had, to furniſh out two or three Miſsionaries of the right Sort  and as many School Maſters next Spring.
Pleaſe to point out my Miſtakes to me, and correct me as much as you  pleaſe. pray for me and believe that I am.   Your very Affectionate Brother   Much obliged   and very humble Serv.t  Eleazar Wheelock
Letter to M.r De Berdt  Sept-r 1764.