Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 December 8


abstractWheelock writes that Samuel William Johnson is on his way to England with a document certifying that Occom intends to stay out of the Mason case. He also updates Whitaker on the progress of various missions and relates that David McClure has brought a Mohawk boy to attend the charity school.

handwritingInformal handwriting is not Wheelock’s. It is small, loose and occasionally difficult to decipher.

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

signatureThe signature is not Wheelock's. It is abbreviated.

noteworthyThis document appears to be a copy. In the third paragraph of one recto, it is uncertain to whom Wheelock refers when he mentions "Mr. P–m," though it is possibly Ebenezer Pemberton. In the second line of two recto, it is uncertain to which organization Wheelock refers when he mentions "...the Society on which he depends..." although it is possibly the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Mason Land Case

  My dear Brother 
God governs the World yet,  let the Earth rejoice. Things will come right  by & by — the Wrath of Man is his Servent & at his  Beck — bleſsed be god he has upheld you &  my dear M.r Occom hitherto — how vain is all that  Pen can deſvise or imagine against the Lord, tho’   they take counſel togeather to plan & hand join  in Hand to execute w.t thy have deſviſed —
Yours of Aug.t 23d & Sep.t 6th were the last  I have rec.d I rec.d them perhaps theree Weeks  ago, & have wrote you Since —
M.r P–m of Boston, I hear is in  a high [illegible] feaver, wishes thy Letter thy wrote  were published — declares there was not a Word  in it to M.r Occoms disadvantage — M.r Maſon   determin’d last Week to ſhew M.r Whitefield’s Letter  to M.r Oliver, & deſire a Copy of his to M.r Mauduit  you will likely hear further of it very ſoon —  M.r Oliver by my Order paid the Annuity  of that Board to this School, to M.r Peck without  any objection a few Days ago, he was up this Fall 
at [illegible][guess: Stafford] Spring, where M.r Ralph Pomroy heard him  read a Letter publickly from a Correspondent in London  wherein my School was highly commended — & did it as  tho' he deſign'd to recommend it to thoſe that heard him.  D.r Wm Sam[illegible][guess: l] Johnſon who is one of his Majesty's  Councel in this Colony is going to G Brit^[illegible]^on, as ſpecial   Agent in Maſon's Caſe — he carries a Certificate from  me that M.r Occom declard to be fix’d purpoſe to  have nothing to do wh, nor be any manner of Way  aiding or assisting in that Affair. & that M.r Occom well  knew that it was my fixed purpoſe not to ſend him  unleſs I cou’d be certifi’d that he wo’d keep himſelf   clear from intermedling wh it. you will let Mr Occom  know it and alſo the importance of his keeping [illegible][guess: Quiet].  the government are very jelious of him & of me too.
D.r Johnſon is no doubt [illegible][guess: able] to ſerve this Deſign   much. you will ſee I have recommended him to  M.r Keen & theſe Gentn who aſsoiciate w.h him —  The D.r knew not that I have wrote a [illegible][guess: Worod] of him, &  I lately had a hint that ſome [illegible][guess: end.rs] were y uſd to preje­ duce his Mind against me. I intended to have ſeen   him and [illegible][guess: beſpok] his freindſhip , but Providence forbid  it. I hope you will be able to [illegible][guess: treat] him a [illegible][guess: others]  I lately have a very catholic & friendly Letter from his Father 
in w.h he highly applauds my Plan & ſays that  the Society on wh he depends, deſign to ſit up  two Schools upon the [illegible][guess: land] in the Westward government —  he alſo ſent me a first Catechism for Children —  deſiring I would [illegible] it & ſee if we can agree  in one so as to teach the ſame thing &c &c —
I was inturepted in the ſentence I [illegible][guess: began][illegible]  to write by the coming of McClure w.h another Mohawk  Lad for this school, & after reading Letters for two  Hours, am now ſit down to give you Sketch, w.h is  the most I can do at preſent. M.r Kirtland’s Health is  much impair’d, & is exercisd w.h a grevious Pain in  his [illegible][guess: Breast] — I fear the Conſequince — has built him  a comfortable Houſe. the School conſists of 40 or  upwards — many make good proficency — David  is comfortably ſettled for the preſent. has Joſ. Johnſo[gap: worn_edge][guess: n]   for an [illegible][guess: uſher] in the school thro’ the Winter — but  M.r Kirtland informs me that much to [illegible][guess: grief] 20 more  of his men are gone off, contrary to his utmost  [illegible][guess: intreateyſs ] to war w.h the Cherokees 6 or 700 Miles.  Thing have taken a happy turn ſince my last Acct   among the MohawksM.r Chamberlain ſeems much  encouraged, & warmly engag’d he has been exerting  himſelf, & wh good Succeſs for a Reformation his aſsemblies are crouded from time to time, & the Schools 
are filled. thus he has concluded to tarry wh ’em thro’ the Winter  as has also M.r Johnſon in the School at Fort Hunter unleſs I can  find another English Youth to ſupply his place — w.h I  shall endevour to do — the Number of Children in the  four School is upward of an 100, & likely will be at least  that Number thro the Winter — but the Difficulties they  have to encounter are too many & great to numerate or  deſcribe. a number of the Indians daily drunk, & when  they are so they are more the incarnate Devils. than  Branchs of the human Race — y.r greatst [illegible][guess: Impediances]  in the way to the Suceſs of our Endeavours w.[illegible][guess: h] then ariſes   from the white Heathen adjoining — but my hope is in God alone
There are to be ſupported thro’ the Winter in the  Wilderneſs Meſsrs Kirtland & Chamberlain Miſsionar[illegible][guess: –]   D Fowler & J. Johnſon ^M.r Johnſon ^ Jacob Fowler & M Mohawk S. Maſters   beſides an interpreter & D.s Wife — & all to live by the  penny excepting the trifles the Indians w[illegible][guess: ll] contribute —  Dec.r 9. this morning I have oppery to discourſe w.h McClure   he says the Warriors went as far as the onandauges. wher many  got drunk & ſold themſ.s naked. two wer taken sick. one  very bad, on which [illegible] before he left the Town  But the bearer [illegible][guess: waits] — I'll give you a more [illegible]  acc.t in my next — give Love to M.r Occom his Wife was  here last Week, & all his Family well — aron is in this school &  I hope will do well — My dear Brother I cant tell how much  I love you farewell —   
your in everlasting Bond  E Wheelock 
Rev.d M.r Whitaker