Charles Jeffrey Smith, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 June 2


abstractSmith writes that he has received Wheelock’s letters, and though he cannot become a missionary to the Indians, he hopes to sponser one.

handwritingHandwriting is loose, informal and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperModerate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear.


My Dear Mr Whhelock  
While I was here attending the Synod,  I had the Pleaſure of receiving your agreable   Letter, with the Copy of Mr Whitefeild s, both  of which were very refreshing not only to me,  but to the Ministers who read them.
I conſulted my Father & Brethren about  your Propoſal of my going among the Indi= ans, but they unanimously charged ^me^ by no  means to hearken to it, & I am constrained by  a Variety of Reasons to concure therewith: but  tho I am unable to go in Perſon, yet hope  soon to be enabled to go by Proxy, & support  a Miſionary there upon my own Expence —
I gratefully acknowlege the Receipt  of the Commiſion, & hope I may never diſcredet [illegible: [guess: tht]] [illegible][guess: respect]able Board with which I am thereby  connected — I long to see you — but when  I shall have the Pleaſure I know — but at  longest its but a little before we shall meet in  our Father House never more to part — &  tho I should rejoice if it was the divine Pleaſure  to be called home soon, yet I hope you will  long be kept out of Heaven.
Best Regards to dear Mrs Whelock & all  Freinds & an more than Words can testify my  Rev.d Father   
Your C.J Smith 
Revd Mr Wheelock   
From Revd CJ. Smith  June 2. 1766