Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Erskine 1764 September 9


abstractWheelock writes that Occom was unable to join General Johnson on his way to visit remote tribes, and details George Whitefield's activities during his visit to America, including his plan to take Occom to England to raise funds for the school. Wheelock also discusses the supplies needed for schools among the Indians.

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Rev.d & Hon.d Sir. 
Our deſign to Send M.r Occom to meet Gen.l  Johnſon, and Parties of Indians with him from remote Tribes,  was prevented by the Generals returning Sooner then we  expected, and before we could have M.r Occom prepared to  ſet out
M.r Whitefields low State of Health has forbid his preach­ ­ing very frequently in America, though his preaching is as  acceptable as ever. He has Spent moſt of his Time at Boſton  and New York. and his own neceſsities (apprehending he  he Shall Soon be incapable of public Service) and the  Neceſsities of his orphan Houſe (which have far exceeded  his Expectation) have engroſs'd the moſt he has had oppor­ ­tunity to collect in America. I think I inform'd you of a  Collection he obtained in the presbyterian Congregation in  New York laſt Winter of £120. that Currancy, for the Support  of this School. And (beſides a Smaller Donation or two) I  am this week informed, he has tranſmitted a Hundred Dollrs  for the Same Purpose. He writes of the 5.th ſept that  the Plan of taking M.r Occom and another to England  with him next Spring; in Order to Obtain Collections ^Contributions^  for this School, and the Support of Miſsionaries,  is Still upon his mind.
He labors under the diſcouraging Apprehenſion  that the Pagans of America, are Canaanites, to be cut off  before Gods people, and Never to be gathered into his  Family. However I hope in God, he will yet have the  Pleaſure of Seeing himſelf Miſtaken.
I hope you have before now received our Letter of  Thanks to the Honle Society (The Duplicate of which  I herewith transſmitt) and also mine to you and M.r  Dickſon.   ^[right]I^
I thankfully acknowledge the Receipt of the  Duplicate of the Society's Commiſsion.
If the Honle Society Should Send Supplies for  the Support of Several Misſsionaries & School Maſters  next Spring, or Should we be Supplyed from another  Quarter, a number of Spelling Books, Catechisms,  Prayers for Children, Testaments Bibles, Copies &c  enough to Supply Several Schools among the Indians  will be neceſsary. Which I have also taken Liberty  to mention to the Societies for Propagating Christian  Knowledge among the Poor. —
pleaſe to remember in your neareſt approaches to God
Your unworthy Brother,  and Fellow ſervant in the Lords House  Eleazar Wheelock 
Lett.r to Rev Jn.o Erſkine  Sept.r 30. 1764. 
Rev.d Jn.o Erſkine