Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Solomon Williams, 1765 January 7


abstractWheelock writes to Williams urging that plans be laid for a fundraising trip to England. He also reports on the arrival of Theophilus Chamberlain, and possible plans for a mission.

handwritingHandwriting is small, crowded and informal; there are several deletions and additions.

paperSmall single sheet is in fair condition, with moderate creasing, staining and wear.


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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Rev.d & Hon.d Sir.
Yours of 5th Jny Inſtt is just come to Hand  I obſerve your Doubt of the Expediency of Sending  M.r Occom — If that Should be thought inexpedient  here are other Indian Ladds who would make a good  appearance at home &c.
Sincet I wrote you I've rec.d a Lett.r from M.r  Brainerd Dated N. York 19th ult. in which referring  to my Diſcourse with him about going on ſuch an  Errand to England, ^he says^ "If any thing be done in that  affair it muſt be done very ſoon or he cant have  the time that will be neceſsary to prepare for it &c  He Says also that it is the Advice of the Honle  Wm Smith and Lady, and other Gentlemen of Cha­ ­racter there, that whether M.r Occom goes or not  it will be beſt that one of the Indian Boys and  if it may be a Mohock, Should goe.
M.r Chamberlain is come, who according to the  Preſidents Recommendation I eſteem an Excellent  youth & well turn'd for the Buſineſs. and I don't  See why we may not furniſh out 3 Miſsrs & 8 or  so School Maſters next Spring. and will it not  be beſt ^that^ y.e Com̅iſsrs Should determine that Affair,  and that as Soon as poſsible, in order that we  may have as much Time as may be to make  preparation & Proviſion for them?
I have been waiting this 3 weeks to have the  Road feaſible to come with ^in^ a Sleigh, with You  my wife to viſit you on our way to Norwich.
I am concernd leſt the Cauſe Should Suffer by our  Delay. We Should at leaſt be ready to Send Home  by the firſt Ships that goes. I am
Yours moſt heartily  Eleaz.r Wheelock 
[left]P.S. it will be beſt that their  Meeting Should be at My  House on acco.t of M.r Smith's  Examination &c.
Revd [gap: tear][guess: Sol.] Williams 
3.d Lett.r to M.r  Sol.n Williams deſirg  Meetg of Com̅iſs.rs  Jany. 7. 1765.