John Smith, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 September 11

ms-number765511.1

abstractSmith repeats the contents of his letter of August 25, which he fears has not arrived, urging that Occom come to England without delay, and detailing the contributions already collected.

handwritingHandwriting is small yet formal and neat. There are several uncrossed t's, which have been corrected by the transcriber.

inkLight-brown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyThe contents of this letter are similar to those of manuscript 765475.1.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on two recto, not one recto. The second page is on two verso, and the address is on one recto.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Rev.d & Dear Sir   
I wrote You via [illegible: Piscalqua] & least it should not  get safe repeat, as well as I remember.
Mr Whitefield tells me Mr Erskin has got in his hands six  hundred pounds for ye Indian affairs.
D.r Guifford has for you £117. w.ch he says You desired  him to keep for your Order — On my telling him Your Estate stood bond  for payment of ye Miſsionaries He said with Emotion "The dear man  shant pay one farthing And talking of Mr Occum I said he would get  a bushel of mony, he replyd ay that he will & more.
As I remember I went on to mention That D.r Conder in: :formd Mr DeBerdt M.r Savage & others That ye Episcopal Miſsionaries  had sent over an Indian to supplant Mr Occum & That he was ordained at  Bristol. But that he could not talk English. I then desired & now enforce  it; That Mr Occum may instantly come away; If he is obliged to swim  over the Ocean; & not stay one minute longer than inoculation requires   Let him 
Let him come with, or without, recommendations; even Sr W.m Johnsons,  Or any others, with or without mony indifferently, Pray dont let him stay  one minute after he's well of ye small pox. I do very believe, from ye Say  of all, as well as from the spirit of the Nation, That he will get as much mony  as your highes wishes reach to. M.r Whitaker should come with him: & he  must not stay to put on his wigg but come in his nightcap — All thats  wanted is to have Mr Occum here — He is expected & waited for by very  many. I know even an influential Noblemane, that expects him; & has asked  me after him. But I Think I've said enough — Pray acquaint M.r Whitaker  that his [illegible: [guess: wounding]] Letter, received yesterday, talks of my getting him Correspondents;  And that my answer is Nay verily But let him come himself & get them.
Mr Occum on coming should shutt himself up in a Coach & come  directly to M.r Whitefield in LondonMr Whitefield proposed his coming; has declared  upon it; & thinks he shall receive a Credit from it; & (notwithstanding anything said  in Boston to the contrary) will open the widest Door for him; & will shutt no Other   amonng Diſsenters or Others 
Rev.d Sir Please in your prayers constantly to remember   y.r obliged humble Servant  John Smith.
Mr John Smith's Letter  from London Septr 11th 1765 
To  The Rev.d Mr Wheelock.  Under M.r Pecks care.
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