George Whitefield, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 9

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abstractWhitefield strongly urges Wheelock to detail the school's accounts and send them to the Trust. He also notes his disapproval of the arrangement with Mr. Eells, and discusses other Charity School business.

handwritingHandwriting is heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is preservation work on particularly heavy creases.

inkBrown-black.

noteworthyOn one recto, in the second sentence, "Ebenzer" is a reference to 1 Samuel 7:12. There are three trailers, each in a different hand.

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 My Dear Friend 
With all humility &  gratitude of heart let us set up our Ebenezer—  Hitherto aſsuredly the Lord hath helped— The trust  is settled— Be pleased to send an immediate let‐ ter of thanks with Your full approbation of  what hath been ^done^ and an earnest desire that they  w.d continue to act according to their present  most agreeably concerted plan— But how came  You to draw for so many hundreds this last  Year? And why no account of the Disbursments.  This must be annually and punctually remitted—  I hope no money is lodged in Traders hands 
If so, it must be drawn out expended and accounted for  before any more will be transmitted— All letters must now  be sent to M.r Robert Keen Woollen Draper in the Mino‐ ries— He is so kind as to act as Secretary and Deputy Trea‐ surer at least for One Year— Surely never was there a more  unexceptionable disinterested set of Trustees in the  world— All may well join in saying, What hath God  wrought! I want to know who hath wrote either  against M.r Whitaker or Occum— I hope they have not  wrote against each other— The former is unpolish'd &  forward— But as He hath had and will have a set of  Good Councellors He will goe through very well— He is  some what improv'd since His arrival— He is certainly  very indefatigble— But I think the scheme concerted  with M.r Eels &c very iniquitous and exceedingly imprudent—  Occum still attracts the approbation of all— He really  behaves wiell— Only I wish His continuance in England  may not spoil him for the wilderneſs— Kirkland shines 
there & deserves peculiar notice— Is He or M.r Whitaker to  be the Succeſsor nominated in Your Will?— Or would You  refer the Nomination to the Trust and only mention One  to act till approv'd of by them? I believe You will  find Pious Youths without a great Parade of Claſsical  & College learning the best Miſsionaries— God direct  about the scituation of the School!— I am all for  Connecticut— There this Institution hath been most  encouraged— There it took its riſe— There it will be most  visible— There most secure— But if such sums are drawn  for Annually ^as have been drawn for this last Year^ after the Land Buildings &c are paid for  where will be a remaining Fund? In a day or two, God  willing, I shall see General Lyman, and then shall confer  with all concern'd more particularly about it— Write me  Your private sentiments & I will take care to improve them—  Excuse great haste— I Having scarce time to subscribe myself  my Dear Friend
Yours &c in the name of Jesus  of Nazareth  GW 
Rev. G. Whitefield,  Feb. 9, 1767.  From The Rev:d M.r G Whitefield  Feby 9.th 1767 
[right]Boston May 5th 1767 Receivd  & Forwardd ⅌ fr yr Most Humble Ser  Jona Mason
For  the Rev:d  M:r  Eleazer Wheelock  In  Lebanon   
[bottom]To  The Rev.nd M.r Wheelock
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