Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1766 April 9


abstractWheelock writes to Occom about his family’s unmet needs — perhaps because of the influence of the “Antimason Party” — which he supplied on his own account. He cautions Occom not to be involved in the Mason land case, and gives him advice about his son Aaron’s bad behavior.

handwritingHandwriting is slanted and appears to be somewhat rushed, but is mostly legible. Letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded into four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear. The watermark is prominent.


noteworthyThe phrase “Father Fowler” is underlined in pencil, as if by an editor or researcher.

EventsMason Land Case, Occom’s inoculation, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain

My dear Son Occom 
I hope these will find you well recoverd of the  Small Pox— and that I may give you pleaſure in inform­ ­ing you that your Family are all well—
M.rs Whitaker wrote me in your wife's name a few weeks  ago that her Circumſtances were needy — Capt Shaw for ſome  Reaſon, to me unknown Shewed a backwardneſs to ſupply  her — I gueſs it is through the Influence of the Antimaſon  Party — I immediately the Same Day wrote an order to  M.r Breed to Supply her on my Acco.t with everything —  a few Days after, your Father Fowler was with me two  nights by whom I Sent, as much grain for her preſent relief  as your old [illegible]^mare could^ Carry. and doubt not but She is, and will be,  well Supplied.
I hope God has made you more humble than you  have commonly been — and if So he will exalt & lift  you up — a pill or two in Boſton I tho't was a very  Goo[illegible]d preparative, I was glad to hear of that as well as  the approbation Kindneſs, and go[illegible][guess: o]d liking of your Friends  there
Mrs Sarah Rogers & her Siſter have wrote my Daughter  to inform them of Mrs Occom's Neceſsities that they may Sup­ ­ply them — my Daughter is glad of the Office and will take pain  about it— your Father told me that Aaron is not a good  Boy runs abroad and not So obedient to his Mother as he  Should be I adviſed to put him out to a good Maſter, and  supply her Some other way
I hope you will keep quite clear of the Maſon Affair, or  you will bring an old Houſe about my Ears. You know   they 
they have nobody in that caſe to blame or contend with  but myſelf— They all know that the Commiſsioners Refuſed to  recommend you, or Send you; only on that Account — their  not Sending you has been no Diſcouragment at all to me—  I have Lookd upon it as a Deſign in Providence to Secure the  Glory more Effectually to God alone who performeth all  things for us —
You will See what I write M.rs Whitaker— and excuſe my  not being more particular in this — you may depend upon  it that nothing Shall be wanting for your Family within my  Power. Accept Love in Abundance from
My dear Sir   Yours moſt heartily,  Eleazar Wheelock  Revd M.r Occom
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To M.r Occom  April 9th 1766.