Robert Keen, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 August 20

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abstractKeen writes a lengthy letter to Wheelock about the progress of the fundraising tour in England, and the management of the funds collected.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages has been heavily reinforced, which makes it difficult to gauge the condition of the paper. It appears to be in good-to-fair condition, with light staining and wear, and heavy creasing.

inkBrown-black.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Revd & dear Sr 
I have the Happineſs to acquaint you  Providence appears Remarkably to smile here on your  Indian School affairs — there is already Subscrib'd & Collected  Three Thousand Pounds Sterling— There is no doubt but the  Lord put it into your Heart at first, & has wonderfully Sup‐  -ported you & those Disinterested Creatures, such as Mr Kirtland,  Fowler, Occom &c &c who have truly gone with their Lives in  their hands & have as miraculously been preserv'd. as your  Letters now before me of April 5th-29th & June 24th & Sundry former Ones  and many others dear Mr Whitefield when in America transmitted to  me abundantly Shew — from all which, together with the Lords  Opening the Hearts of his people to Subscribe so liberally; looks  as if the time was come, when the Lord will work a great Work  on the Earth; & Litterally fulfil his promises, & give his Son the  Heathen for his Inheritance & the uttermost parts of the Earth for  his poseſsion — I hope your Life will be preserv'd to see much  of this accomplish'd; and have the pleasing Hopes of a  Foundation being laid, for its entire Accomplishment, when  you are dead & Gone. — — As Mr Whitaker needed  Aſsistance, we judg'd it best, to have a weekly meeting of such  persons, who seem'd quite hearty in the Cause. & Accordingly,  The Rev.d Meſs:rs Whitefield, Brewer, Hitchins, D.r Gibbons,  D:r Gufford, & D.r Stennett; together with Mr Smith of Boston,  Charles Hardy Esqr, Mr Saml Savage & My self; have met some,  or all of us, every tuesday; and purpose so to do, when Meſsrs  Whitaker & Occum are in the Countries round about, to send them  any advice and Letters of Recommendation to the leading men in  the places they are next to go to; and every other needfull step proper  to be taken — and we all do agree, that M.r Whitaker acts quite to  our satisfaction; listens to advice, and takes it when given — is most  Indefatigable in every instance relateing to the affairs he is come about.  is greatly belov'd, and no One could have done better, unleſs dear 
M.r Wheelock had come over himself — He is quite cut out for ye work,  and in our Opinion, has been neither too speedy nor too slow; but has  acted prudently and Wisely, and has succeeded Accordingly — and we  likewise think it would ^be^ Marring the Work to recal him, or send any other  in his Room, but let him go through with it, if please God spare his  Life, nor would we advise the least hint to be dropt to him of that nature  to discourage him, but on the contrary every thing that is encourageing;  as we really think he ought to have the Approbation of all —  I've aſsisted him in his accounts from the beginning, as well for Your sake,  his sake, and the publicks — I was thinking in this letter to have sent  you a list of those that have Subscrib'd largely, but that I may do in a  Future one if requested — the Money Collected is Chiefly lodg'd in Bankers  hands; except the running Cash, which is chiefly in Mr Savage^s^ & mine; with  which I pay all the Bills drawn by You, and Accordingly I've paid a Bill  of Exchange of £100 Sterling dated Nov.r 28.th 1765 drawn by Nathl Eells of  Boston to Mr John Timmins or Order — — One of £52..13s..9p payable to  Moses Peck or ordr dated at Boston May 28th — — One of £50 Sterling payable  to Asahel Clark Junr or Ord.r dated at Boston May 29th — One of £120 sterling  payable to Gersham Breed or Order dated June — just paid — the Three last is  drawn by your self which is the most satisfactory of all — likewise let  Mr Smith of Boston (who I believe is one of the worthiest men in ye world &  his being here a most Singular bleſing to this affair) have £30 & £25 to be  by him in Bills & illegibleremitted to & for the use of Mr Occum & Whitaker family &c 
If these are all right, and any more is drawn, or you can Communicate  in what Channel you would like to have the Money ^Subscrib'd^ run in — wether a  Large Sum for Building a School at once or draw annually for certain sums  or Occasionally as you choose, or illegiblewether ever any Bills may be paid that  is not of your drawing (tho' we like to see your name best) in Short,  whatever you find Freedom to write, we shall read in our weekly meeting,  and endeavour to make the best use of it, to promote the design, both  among our selves and others, that seem able & willing so to do. — we do  not attempt to prescribe to you, but would contribute all we can to strengthen  your hands and enlarge your design — and beg continually ^call'd^ upon to give  answers, some of One sort & some of another; haveing engag'd ourselves fully in it,  should be glad to be furnish'd with every thing neceſsary to be known — 
Dear Mr Whitefield is as much own'd & bleſs'd here as ever, Large, Crowded  & Serious Congregations every time he preaches. and though he has been frequently  Brought low as to his Bodily strength, yet he has always been enabled to preach 
at least twice in a week; Vizt at Tottenham Court Chapel on a Lords day Morning  at 10 o'Clock and at ye Tabernacle near Moorefields on a Wednesday Evening; 
Thousands will bleſs God to Eternity they ever heard him —  I swel'd this letter grea[gap: tear][guess: tly bey]ond my Intention — especially as I'm a  stranger to You— but b[gap: tear][guess: elieve you']ll excuse & believe it to proceed from a  Real desire to promote [gap: tear][guess: the] Redeemers Kingdom, and to Cultivate a  lasting Friendship & Correspondence with dear Mr Wheelock. 
I am Dr S:r Sincerely yours  in the Best of Bonds  Robt Keen 
P. S. all the above-mentiond Friends  joyn in hearty Love — — please to direct for  me. Woollen draper in the MinoriesLondon  Meſs.rs Whitaker & Occum are at Bristol — I heard  from them yesterday are both well & well Employ'd — I believe they  will go from thence to Bath, Exeter, Plymouth &c & so finish their tour in ye west 
P. S. There was a Bond on Edwd Lollard for £100 & upwards sent wth a power of Attourney  to Mr Saml Broome to recieve the Money & pay it into your hands — the person hopes  Mr Broome will not let him shuffle but makOblige him to pay it— 
From M.r Rob.t Keen  Augs.t 20. 1766.   
To  The Revd M:r Eleazr Whelock   at Lebanon in   Connecticut
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