Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 June 17


abstractWhitaker writes that the The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America has been attempting to discredit Wheelock and Occom in London. He suggests that Wheelock should make his will and appoint a successor to oversee the money raised.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two verso, not one verso.

noteworthyIn the fifth line of the first paragraph of one recto, it is uncertain to which organization Whitaker refers when he mentions "the Society," and so it has been left untagged. However, it is likely the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Revd. & ever dear B.r  
I have now an oppertunity to write  via N. York. long to hear from you wch I have not  Since yours of Feb: 12. to wch I wrote an anſwer — The  Gentlemen in B–n have wrote a develiſh L– to the  Sociely here — after givin a true acct, in the main,  of mr O. the Say, "hHow he hath been imployed Since he  left us we know not, excepting that he has been preaching  in ye principle towns in this & the neighbouring governm.ts   And by Some means or other a report prevailed where‐  ever he came that m.r O. was a mohawk, very lately  bro't out of groſs paganiſm & in a very little time fit‐  ted by mr Wheelock to be what he is; The report of  an Indian So lately converted to chriſtianity, & ^in^ So very  Short a time fitted to fill a Chriſtian pulpit, So affec‐  ted people whereever he came as to procure large  contributions for Mr W–k — And as we underſtand Mr  Oc. is going to England, & leaſt ye Same accts Sho'd be tranſ‐ mitted to you & have the Same effects, we think it our  duty to give you this true acc.t of Mr O. " This is not a  coppy, but wt I remember of the letter; for as yet I am  refuſed a coppy of it — & I don't yet force things, yt   they on this Side, may have time to make up ye matter  with me. This letter was dated Oct. 2. 1765. It is a 
Black affair — But bleſſed be God; he gives me to triumph  over all theſe men — tho the poiſon had Spread far before  I found it out — Mr O–r Signed it in the name of the  Board — I have not wrote a word to B–n of the affair &  would have you Say nothing till you hear farther from  me — God Succeeds the Cauſe — don't Spare money —  I know you will look on it as Chriſts — O pray for  us — & the Cauſe. BGive much love to madam & all  & believe that I am yours as ever 
Nathl Whitaker  
N. B. you muſt immediately make your Will &  fix your Succeſſor, & Give him the monies  in truſt for the School — if you join any  with him, it muſt not be above 2 or 3 at  moſt; & he muſt have a Sovereignty over  them at leaſt by a negative. don't delay  to do this — N. W  
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Revd. N. Whitakers  June. 1766.   
To  The Revd Mr Eleazar Wheelock   in Lebanon   Connecticut