Eleazar Wheelock, recommendation, 1765 November 15

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abstractWheelock recommends Whitaker and the Charity School to potential donors in England, Scotland and Ireland.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

To The People of God in England Scotland & Ireland and all  all who deſire the Advancement of the Kingdom of the great  Redeemer, whereever, the Bearer, the Rev.d Nathl Whitaker,  ſhall, by the Providence of God, have Opportunity to make  known the important Errand on which he comes, I hope,  Sufficiently recommended to Charitable Notice, and Reſpect.  Gentlemen and Chriſtian Friends. 
It is well known that there are yet remaining vaſt   Numbers of aboriginal Natives in this Land; whose Manner  of living is Savage almoſt to a level with the bruital Crea‐ ‐tion; but feirce and terrible in War. Their Dwellings are emi‐  ‐nently Habitations of Cruelty — they have continued, from Age  to Age, in the groſseſt Paganizim and Idolatry — Strangers  to all the Emoluments of Science — but Subtle and ſkillfull   in all the Arts of Cruelty & Deceit — and on every Conſideration   their State is, perhaps, the moſt wretched and piteous of all the  humane Race — They have, from the firſt planting of these  Colonies, been a Scourge and Terror to their Engliſh Neighbours  — often ravaging and laying waſt their Fronteirs — butchering,  torturing, and captiveting their Sons — daſhing their Children againſt   the Stones — Skillfully deviſing, and proudly glorying in, all poſsible   methods of Torture and Cruelty within their Power. &c.
And the Conſideration, that their being civilized, and taught the  Knowledge of the only true God and Saviour, and ſo made good Members  of Society, and peacible and quiet Neighbours ( which cannot be  Effected byut by introducing the Gospel among them) is of such  vaſt importance to the Crown of great Britain, the Peace and  Proſperity of our Land — and eſpecially to their own good and  Hapineſs in Time and to Eternity; Moved me, about eleven  years ago, to erect a charity School in order for the Educat‐ ing the moſt promiſing of their own Sons that might be obtained,  with a view to their being imployed as Miſsionaries & School —  maſters among their reſpective Tribes; together with a number of 
of Engliſh Youth, to be ſent forth as Companions and Aſsociates   with them in the Same Buſineſs. And the good Behaviour of the  Boys which I have hitherto had in this School; and their Proficiency  in Learning, has been Such, by the Bleſsing of God, upon Inſtruc‐ ‐tion and Diſcipline, that many Gentlemen of Character & note  both at Home, and abroad, have Seen fit to encourage the  Deſign by Such Liberalities, as have Supported it hitherto with ‐out any Fund for that Purpose.
But the neceſsary Expences for the Support of Such a number  as are now imployed in the Wilderneſs at the Diſtance of  three or four Hundred Miles, viz three Miſsionaries Eight  School Masters, and two Interpreters, occaſionally hired  to that Service, and where they can have little or no Aſsiſtance   towards their Support, from the Savages among whom they  live. Together with the neceſsary Supplies for the School  which now conſiſts of Twenty; and others expected Soon, who  are of Families of Importance in Tribes Still more remote,  Are greater than can be reaſonably expected from these  American Colonies, eſpecially at a Time when complaints  of Debt; and want of Money are So loud, and univerſal.  But conſidering that this great undertaking looks with  ſuch a favourable and incouraging Aſpect, and that a  wider Door, than ever is now open for the Furtherance of  it, by sending Miſsionaries, and school Maſters further  among Tribes where none have heretofore been; I am  not only neceſsitated but incouraged that to repreſent   the Caſe, and imploy my dear, & faithful Brother the  Rev.d M.r Whitaker, in my Stead to beſpeak the charitable  Aſsiſtance of the Friends of Zion abroad. And I am  confident that numbers and all according to their Ability, who  have at Heart, that which the Heart of the great Redeemer  is infinitely Set upon. viz. the Inlargement of his Kingdom  and the Salvation of the periſhing Souls of men, [illegible]will be  ready to conſider of, and forward to aſsiſt, in this so  intereſting Affair, if they believe that I am not aſking for 
myſelf, but am only begging an Alms for Chriſt, and in a  Caſe of no leſs neceſsity than that. (if not the very same) which  he is pleaſed to repreſent, and expreſs by his being an hungred, and  thirſty, and naked, and Sick, and in Priſon, and that he will  even in this Life bountifully requite those who contribute  Supplies for these his neceſsities, and reward and honour them  at laſt with a come ye bleſsed of my Father inherit the  Kingdom prepared for you.
And whatever any ſhall pleaſe to contribute for this Purposes  I shall receive as ſacred to the Redeemers Cauſe, and ſhall improve  it to the aforſd uses according to my beſt Ability, and by the  beſt Advices and I hope that all Friends, and Benefactors to  this Deſign, will have Occaſion for the moſt eaſie and comfor‐ ‐table Reflections, that their Charities were beſtowed in the beſt   manner for the Glory of God and the Good of men, for which  Purpose I beſpeak the Prayers of all who truly deſire the  Proſperity of Zion.   
and am   Theirs moſt heartily in our Common Lord  Eleazar Wheelock 
^Dated at^  Lebanon in Connecticut November15th 1765 
General Memorial  Recomending M.r Whi‐ ‐taker & his Deſign  
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