Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 October 13


abstractWheelock writes to Whitaker about the New England Company sending Mr. Mosley as missionary to Onaquaga at the same time as the Windham Association sent Mr. Smith. Wheelock criticizes the NEC and faults them for not supporting Occom in his mission to the Montauks on Long Island.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Occom’s Mission to the Montauketts

My dear M.r Whitaker.   
Yours via N. York and by Marſhal and one Since  of July 23.d have much refreſhed me, & cauſed my Heart to  rejoyce in God, who hath not left off his loving kindneſs to  you and M.r Occom, nor his Favours toward the great Deſign  on which you are Serving him.
I in close Letters from Meſsrs Saltar, and Smith, and also capt  Shaws acco.t if there be need that their Atteſtations be Authen  -ticated by Authority, only adviſe me of it, and it Shall be done. 
As to what I myſelf know relative to their Sending M.r Moſely  to Onohaquagee, when they fully knew that we had Supplyed y.t  Paarty of Indians according to the deſire of good Peter who  was their Meſsenger, and came on that very Errand. you, as  well as I, and all our Country, know, what Abuſive & Injurious  Repreſentations they made of the narrative of that remarkable  meeting of the three Parties, from So great a Diſtance, and  without the leaſt knowledge of each others Deſign; and they  fully know by the Same Narrative that M.r Smith was appointed  to Serve them, and had accepted of it. And you also know that  when we were together at Boſton in the beginning of June M.r  Oliver told us, they had no Miſsy about to go out, nor any that  he knew of thatwho their Eyes were upon Whom they had their Eyes  upon. I aſked M.r Eliot a few Days after in the Town House (but  am not certain that you was preſent) Whether they had any  Miſy to imploy this year? he told me they had none. I told  him that we had agreed to imploy M.r Gunn as Interpreter  provided they did not imploy him. He told me he did not  know of any Service they Should have for him. you also  know how importunate M.r Forbes was that I would relay  M.r Smith to be imployed in their Service, and how repeated-  -ly he urged it when we were at Boſton. and once in parti-  -cular at M.r Smiths. 
Sometime after I came Home, and after the Miſseonaries  were gone on their Miſsion I heard that M.r Moſeley had been in vited, and was gone to Boſton, to accept of that Miſsion  after he had accepted it he came to my House, & Shewed me  the votes of that Board. viz. £100 Sterlg for his Service a  year, and, if I dont forget £30. Sterlg for M.r Hawley to  accompany & introduce him. I aſked him if he did not know  that M.r Smith was gone to the Same Place he ſaid he did, I  aſkd how then did he expect to be introduced there. he replyd  that M.r Hawley was imployd^appointed^ to introduce him. & they Suppoſd  that M.r Hawleys long Acquaintance with, and Intereſt in  the Indians there, was Such that there would be no Difficulty  in removing M.r Smith. However the Com̅iſs.rs had ordred them  not to make an open Breach in the Sight of the Indians. I  Supposed by his Reply that he did not underſtand so much of the  affair
Affair as I did, which I wondred at, Since there had been So much  talk in y.e Country about their Appearing in Opposition to me &c.  after M.r Smith's return he told me he beleived M.r Moſeley had  been greatly imposd upon. that he expected two or three hundred  Sterling inſtead of one, and M.r Smith tho't, if He (M.r Moſely)  had diſcourſed with the Com̅iſsrs before he had manifeſted  to M.r Forbes, his Willingneſs to accept, he never wod have  accepted, of y.e Miſsion. I have entertaind no uncharitable tho'ts  of M.r Hawley in y.s Affair; he acted in the dark as a Servant to  his Imployers; and I have good reaſon to think that he has re-  -flected with much Regrett, that he was Inſtrumental to remove  so pious learned ^& well accompliſhed^ a man as M.r Smith from his Service among that  poor pp., for whom he had conceived a great Affection, and likely  he may regrett the needleſs Expence of So much of Chriſts money,  not only in his needleſs Journey but in keeping M.r Bowman  and M.r Rice So long in half pay. If the Indians had not been  So long without any Teacher among them, excepting my  Woolley in the Capacity of School Maſter (Which if I remember  right, was towards three years after M.r Bowman left them,  and they also had not known that the Indians were well ſupplied,  before they moved at all to get a Miſsy, their Zeal in this matter  might have gained the Charity of all, and Eſcaped the Cenſures which  they have ſuffered by it — 
This imperfect acco.t is according to the beſt of my Rememberance  in too much haſt. 
I am not able with any Certainty to come at what I rec.d  of the Boſton Com̅iſsrs towards M.r Occoms Support while he  was with me, as my Book of Accots at y.t Day was Small, and  I thought nothing of any future use for it when the accts  were all Settled — however I beleive the Com̅iſsrs paid all the  Accots w.c I Sent them. 'till I was perfectly tired of applying to  them, and was fully convinced that I could eaſier get a Support  for him by begging of a few well diſposed perſons than by ſuch  a Tedious dependance upon them, and So I found it by Exper ­eince when I made the Trial. 
M.r Occom was never lookd upon as their Schollar nor under  their Controul — perhaps if he had So been they might have made  him more their Care. Their Approbation was not ſought, nor  did I ever under Stand, they ever deſired or expected it, when  he went from me to take M.r Hortons place on the Island 
After the Commiſsirs had done what they did for him, (which  was the greater part of his Support for Several years) I applyd  to our Aſsociation, who made a Collection among themſelves  for my Aſsiſtance there in — but as our Aſsoc.n are Appointed  to meet at M.r Williams's this week, I will mention the  Affair to them, and tranſmitt to you what light they  can give. It may be they have Some Records of Facts, as it  was by their advice that I firſt made Application to the Com̅iſs.rs 
And I think it w[gap: tear]  the Ministry — [illegible][gap: tear]  that the Com̅iſsrs m[gap: tear]  the Island — The [gap: tear]  Island I never tho[gap: tear]  the Extraordinary Ex[gap: tear]  there, as he was far[illegible][gap: tear]  to Entertain all forig[gap: tear]  and many White people [gap: tear]  him and his School, & m[gap: tear]  not ^yet^ been wont to Shew [gap: tear] 
His Labours there were gr[gap: tear]  want of a Support, and I [gap: tear]  not in y.e Power of my Han[gap: tear][guess: d]  Honour Which God put upon [gap: tear]  useful among those poor Crea[gap: tear][guess: tures]  -ſate all, and quiet his mind un[gap: tear]  I have wrote yo as honeſt Acc[gap: tear]  will make none but a good [gap: tear]  to haſten as the Bearer is juſt[gap: tear]  my dear Sir.   
You.r B.r &C   
P.S. I will write M.r Peck and deſ[gap: tear]  long it was after m.r Bowman left [gap: tear]  Sent M.r Smith — I have yet had no [gap: tear]  Oliver Wrote but y.t W.c y.o gave me[gap: tear]  I Shall Send to M.r Peck for it by this [gap: tear]  Cap.t Langſon   
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