Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 December 18


abstractWhitaker details the reasons for Occom's and his delay in sailing, and notes that Andrew Oliver was compelled to give up his position as Stamp Master.

handwritingWhitaker's hand is formal and clear. It is occasionally difficult to differentiate between the letters “e” and “i” — in these instances the transcriber has used the correct spelling.

paperLarge single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is some light repair work on a particularly heavy crease.


signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  My Revd & Dear Brother 
You will doubtleſs wonder at the Date  of this Letter when you find I am Still in Boſton  But he that rules all things hath So ordered it. I have  been aſſured by Cap.t & owner too that next week,  & next week the Ship Should Sail but one thing & a­ nother has prevented, & chiefly, I believe, becauſe the  Cuſtom houſe was not open for clearances, wch yeſterday  was opened, but not on Stamps
We have had a pleaſant & odd farce here yeſterday  Night before laſt, notes were Set up about town requiring  mr Oliver to appear at ye tree of Liberty in order publick­ ly to renounce his Commiſſion of Stamp Maſter, which he  had recd [illegible]Since the former mob; on this the Secretary  Sent to the majeſtrates & principle merchants to waite on  him & protect him from inſult; accordingly they went  yeſterday in the rain to a certain houſe, where Governer  Mackentaſh appointed, & there mr Oliver renounced  his commiſſn before the Majeſtrates & Merchts. to their  Satiſfaction, judging that his honour was Sufficient to  Satiſfy the world that he would not act — where on the writ­ ing in which he renounced his commiſſion was Sent into  another room to be approved by Gov.r Mackentaſh; & he Saw  fit to declare it would not do unleſs he would walk to the  tree of liberty & Sware to it under S.d tree before the people.  & his Sovereign Mandates was immediate [illegible]obeyed, & the Se­ cretary, Majeſtrates & Merch.ts walked in the Storm of  rain near half a mile [illegible]in Sobediance to his Excellency's  Com.d — So things Seem to be quiet — Cap.t Scot came  in ^7 weeks^ from London laſt Sab: brings no letters from mr Smith  who wrote & sent by Cap.t Bruce a few days before. He  tells me that it Seems to be the general talk of genlle­ men at home, that it will never do to put the Stamp act 
[left]From M.r Whitaker Dec.r 18. 1765  Boſton.
into execution — If the weather favours we Shall Sail to morrow or Saturday — One mr ^John^ Williams of this town goes  withs us. [illegible]He is going home to Seek the Superintendency of In­ dian affairs in [illegible]Canady, & tis likely he will obtain it; & if he  does he Says he will give 5 or 600 per. An: yto your deſign  He is a lover of good things & a generous gentleman, I wiſh we  may help him in this affair — I can't but think he may be a  great bleſſing — his wife is a pious woman; & I hope he  is not void of religion —
What the deſign of providence is in detaining us here I  can't tell, but I believe & truſt that all is for the beſt —  Mr Occom is well, & I am hitherto much pleaſed with his conduct  he behaves with great modeſty & caution — he is [illegible][guess: noticed] not in­ vited to preach by any miniſter in town except mr Morehead  but he does not reſent it — I have preached 5. or 6 evenings  every week, or thereabouts, Since I have been here, & never  Saw people more attentive & ready to crowd to gather, except  in times of awakening — I have not preached in publick on a  week day except the thirſday lecture laſt week —
I hop[illegible]e you will endeavour to bare me on your heart  every day — The Eyes of all ye continent almoſt are on me;  & if I should miſcarry, what a wound would it give to religion  & to the cauſe I am on — o pray for me every day — &  for my family & people — mr Peck & wife Send love to  their Son & to you all, & mr Occom too — & how much, I  can't tell you, is Sent ^you all^ from
your brother in the beſt bonds   Nathl Whitaker
N.B. Yeſterday mr Peck recd from  mr Little 17 Pair of Shoes & a bun­ dle of Striped cloth &c in a bag  which he will Send to mr^s^ Whitaker the firſt oppertunity  they were given laſt Spring by that people for your  School —  mr Wheelock