John Cleveland, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 October 20


abstractCleveland writes that he has heard from Jonathan Parsons of a letter, sent to England by Secretary Oliver, intended to do damage to Occom and Whitaker in England. He mentions that Parsons intends to write to England and state the truth.

handwritingHandwriting is somewhat informal and stylized, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperSingle sheet is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear that leaves it somewhat fragile.


noteworthyThere are two marks — a check mark and a W — after the trailer on one verso that are likely 19th-century. These marks have not been included in the transcription. Cleveland references a letter from Whitaker to Parsons that is quoted in manuscript 766540.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Revd and dear Sir,
I am now at this Place, but deſign Home  next Week by the Leave of divine Providence,  It was my full purpoſe When I Set out from  Home, to ^have come^ by your Houſe and paid you a viſit;  But the Badneſs of the way for Carriages, and the  the Shortneſs of my Time to perform my viſit  in, to My near Relations, has prevented me.  You can't be be more diſappointed than I and  My Spouſe are.
I saw your good Friend mr Little of Newbury-Port  a little before I left home; who deſired to be remembered to and by you.
and I met the Revd mr Jonathan Parſons, Who  was returning Home from Boſton. he deſired to  be remembered to you, and told me, that he  had juſt received a Letter from the Revd mr   Whitaker, with a Copy of a Letter incloſed  Which was Sent to England by Secretary Oliver  repreſenting some Things reſpecting mr Whitaker  and mr Occum in Such a Light as would  naturally tend to prevent his Succeſs in Eng‐ land. and mr Parſons alſo told me he intended  to write immediately to England to set that  matter in a juſt Light and get his Elders to  Sign the Same with him.—
As the Cauſe is of God, that you are engaged  in, you may expect the grand Adverſary  will exert himſelf to his uttermoſt to throw  obſtructions in the way of it's Succeeding;  but all will prove abortive: be of good Chear  the Lord will confound the grand Adverſary;
From your Sincere Friend and humble  Servant.  John Cleaveland
To the Revd mr Eleazer Wheelock   
From Rev.d John Cleveland.  Octr 20th 1766.