Tobias Shattock, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 October 16


abstractShattock writes to Wheelock about his success in obtaining permission from the Boston Commissioners to start a School in Rhode Island, and asks for his support.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, neat and clear.

paperSingle sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.


signatureThe letter is signed “Shadick” as opposed to the verified spelling, “Shattock.”

May it pleas your honour. we would Inform you, that we have Been to the Honorable  commiſoners in Boston; (who appears to us, to Be very Honourable Gentlemen) and  Have obtain'd a free School, or at Least, Some aſsistance. we take you to Be  a Good friend to us. we are Inform'd by Brother Tobias Shadick, that you  manifested a freedom to help us. we humbly pray, that you would Remember  Our tribe in your pertition. we have Been conversant with M.r Occom, and  he Give us Encouragement, that he would Speake a word, to you in our favour;  and Likewiſe to y.e commiſoners. moreover we desire you to Remember our  Tribe, with a few Lines, to S.r William. if you can give us further Light in  Any of our affairs, or See any thing that will Be Beneficial; that I can do, I  Should be glad, if you would Send me a Letter. I have Been very Industerous:  In trying to unite y.e Indians, and have in a good Degree, Obtain'd my Desire,  Bleſsed Be god for it. I purposed in my mind, to have gone to S.r William my  Self. But my Busineſs is So, that I cannot. we have appointed, Thomas Coyhez  to go, and if he can do you any Service, By carring Letters, to S.r William  we have order'd him to do it. - - - - - - - - — 
I Desire you would Remember me in your Travils  from your most obedient; and Humb.e Ser.t Tobias Shadick 
Charlestown October  y.e 16th Day AD 1765 
To the  Rev.t M.r Whelock  in  Lebanon crank   
[right]  From Tobias Shadick an  Indian in Rhode Island  October 16th 1765.