Connecticut Board of Correspondents, letter, to Sir William Johnson, 1765 July 17

ms-number765417.4

doi
10.1349/ddlp.522

abstractThe Connecticut Board writes to Sir William Johnson, seeking his advice and support for a plan to send Wheelock and Whitaker to Europe to raise funds for the Indian Charity School, and to obtain a Royal Charter for a new location. Wheelock appends a note saying that he forgot to enclose the Board’s letter with one written by Wheelock and sent by Occom.

handwritingUnknown hand is largely clear and legible.

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

inkBrown.

signatureThere are three signatories, with Wheelock's signature after the addendum. The signatures are all in the same hand.

noteworthyThis document is almost certainly a copy.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

Sir
We take Leave to inform your Excellency that the Board of Correſpondents Commiſsioners in Connecticut of the Society in Scotland for promoting Chriſtian Knowledge did at their Meeting in Lebanon the 2d of this Inſtant July Vote to ſend ſome ſuitable Perſons to Europe to ſolicit the Charities of good people there for the Benefit of the Indian Charity School under the Care of the Revd Mr Wheelock, & for the ſupport of Miſsionaries among the Indians. And as the RevdMeſſrs Wheelock and Whitaker are the Perſons we expect will go on that Buſi­ neſs, we have deſired them to wait on your Excellency to deſire your Advice and aſsiſtance in it, and your Advice with Reſpect to the fixing a place for the ſaid Charity School, it being neceſsary that a Houſe ſhould be built to accommodate the ſame and as it is judged expedient by ſome that it ſhould be removed nearer to the Indian Tribes, to ask your advice therein, and to your Aſsiſtance to obtain the Royal Favour for a Charter for ſaid School, and any other things relative to it as they ſhall judge proper. Perhaps your Excellency will think in the View of the whole Affair, that to ſettle the School in the Indian Country will more than any other Meaſure that can be gone into contribute to promote the temporal and eternal Welfare of the Indians; to advance his Majeſty's Intereſt the Peace of his North American Subjects, and that no Meaſure can raiſe ſo great & laſting a Name and Honour to your Excellency. If theſe things ſhould appear to you in ſuch a Light, we aſsure ourſelves you will readily give your Weight and Influence to ſuch an important Deſign And we doubt not but if a good Plan was laid, and a fair Proſpect opened for the Extenſion & greater Uſefulneſs of this Deſign, much greater Bounties millegibleight be obtained to proſecute it, and even a Fund to perpetuate it. But whatever your Thoughts are we pray your Excellency to
to give us your beſt ^& moſt friendly^ Advice. If the Gentlemen appointed to wait on your Excellency ſhould through Mr Wheelock's Indiſpoſition, or any other Act of Divine Providence fail to attend you we pray you will be ſo good as to write your thoughts to us.
We are Sir, with great Reſpects,  Your Excellency's moſt obedient  humble Servants Solomon Williams Benja Pomeroy Richard Salter
[right]{Committee {of the Board {of Correſpondents
To his Excellency Sir Wm Johnſon
Lebanon 17th July 1765 Hond Sir
I ask your Excellency's Pardon for my Inad­ vertency when I ſealed my Letter to you by Mr Occom this Morning I forgot to incloſe the Letter from the Committee of the Board of Correſpondents which occaſions you & me this Trouble. I hope it may by ſome kind hand ſeaſonably reach you.
from Your Excellency's moſt obedient humble Servant Eleazar Wheelock
[left]Let: to S.r Wm Johnson by Meſs Williams Pomeroy & Salter. July 17. 1765
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