Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Solomon Williams, 1764 December


abstractWheelock writes to Solomon Williams about plans to send John Brainerd with Occom to England to raise funds for the School.

handwritingHandwriting is informal yet relatively clear, with some additions and deletions

paperSmall single sheet is in poor condition, with two large tears at top and bottom that results in a significant loss of text.


noteworthyThe informal hand, deletions and additions, and abbreviated signature all indicate that this is likely a draft.


EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

Revd & Hon.d Sir.   
ſince I ſent you My [gap: tear][guess: Memorial]
I was chaind to my Study or I ſhould have  viſited you yesterday to diſcourſe with you  on the affair of Sending M.r John Brainerd with  M.r Occom to England next ſpring to beg for  this School, & the Support of Miſsionaries.  And I quere whether a Junction of the New­  York & Jerſie Board of Corriſpondents with ours  in that affair will not be prudent & Expedient  and if So. Whether an application of our Board  to Theirs for Liberty to Send M.r Brainerd &  for their Concurrence with us? be not our first  Step? There will be ſeveral other Things to be  conſidered relative to M.r Titus Smith & Others  proposed to be Miſsionaries DV. next Spring, which  will likely hold us Several Days. If you think [gap: tear]'s.  with me of the E[gap: tear] I want  propose to yo[gap: tear] the  2.d Tueſday [gap: tear]  the beg [gap: tear]  Morc[gap: tear]  Day & [gap: tear]  [gap: tear] to [gap: tear]  [gap: tear]-t [gap: tear] 
with this [gap: tear]uld ſend 50. if I were able  to ſupport the [gap: tear] ones who accompanied these  Boys hither, [gap: tear] number of Indian Boys, as he  came along ran [gap: tear] to him & pled with him to bring them  also along with him to this School.
I expect a Number more before Spring among whom  the Gen.l says he expects to be able to ſend the grandſon  of the Chief Sachem of the Six Nations, who is an ono­ daga & ſays that his coming will open a fine Door  for Nations yet further back.
pleaſe to let me know your Determination  in the affair and you will oblige Rev.d & Hond ſir
Your unworthy Brother   and Fellow ſerv.t  Eleaz.r Wheelock