Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 12


abstractWhitaker writes regarding several matters, including the slanders of the New England Company, General Lyman's progress in obtaining land, the necessity of formalizing the Charity School accounts, and the disbursement of a shipment of books. He notes that Whitefield suggests sending Indian baskets to the wives of donors, and that Occom proposes Long Island as a suitable new location for an Indian school.

handwritingHandwriting is small and crowded, yet mostly clear and legible. On two verso, the date of receipt is in Wheelock's hand; the other trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear. A tear on the outer edge of two recto/verso results in some loss of text.

noteworthyIn the last paragraph of one recto, the identity of "Young Johnson" is uncertain, and so he has been left untagged. However, he is likely John Johnson. If Whitaker's intention regarding a word or abbreviation is uncertain, the word or abbreviation has been left unmodified in the modernized transcription. The postscript is written on the crease between one verso and two recto.

signatureThe letter is signed twice, both times abbreviated.

EventsMason Land Case, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain

  Revd & dear Brother 
Yours of the [illegible] I rec.d laſt   night; & rejoice to finde that there are Such proſpects of  succeſs among the heathen — Bleſſed be God who still reigns  & doth all things well: & who brings good out of evil, & call‐ eth the things that are not as tho they were. What availeth the  rage of the enemies of our reigning, almighty Jeſus! it will only  work for the accompliſhment of his own moſt glorious purpoſes.  Why then should we be ever caſt down, or be filled with anxious  fear, since we know the will of him, whoſe will is ours, if we are as  we ſho’d be, will be done — even so Amen, & Amen —
Come my B.r hold out a little longer — Jeſus is coming, leap‐ in on the mountains & skiping on the hills, & will, I doubt  not, make the wilderneſs to echo with his praiſes. O that God  may give the Amen; & make you the father of many nations  that your crown of Glory may be great in yonder happy world;  & may I hope to come in for a humble share thro’ the merit of  our glorious Emanuel! — I am really glad you purpoſe in‐ ſiſting on a coppy of Olivers letter to Mauduit: You will then see  how near themy memory retained the Ideas convaid in it, which I  verily believe are according to the true intent of the letter, & as  near their own words as I can remember. I wrote you a long  heap of stuff a few days paſt, & some things of moment — I saw  G. Lyman this day; he told me that he hoped to be able in a few days  to say that something is his own — but say nothing leaſt the fail; for,  tho I verily believe he will gain his point if the preſent miniſtry   stand, yet there seems Such a wavouring in the miniſtry, & even now  talk of a change ^so^ that he will have his affair to begin anew, as it were,  if this should be — He is strongly inclined to have the school with him.
Young Johnſon is come — but I need not court his friendſhip, as  the cauſe is become so Strong by the formation of the truſt. Mr Keen  tells me he has wrote you a coppy of the truſt, & deſired you to  draw a form well guarded, & confining it as much as poſſible to the  preſent plan, & to prevent any future corruptions, & git it executed
in a legal manner, & ^to^ send it over for their acceptance. I am  glad he hath done this — This day Dear mr Brewer of Stepny  told me he had wrote, & got a friend ^alſo ^ to write [illegible]  [illegible] — & — & hopes he shall obtain. Does mr P–n say that there  was nothing in that letter to mr Occoms diſadvantage? What will he  say to that expreſſion — “And he (mr Occom) might still have continued  in our service had he been diſpoſed, & continued faithful in the exerciſe   of the duties of his function”? Aſk him if he ever was unfaithful. and,  couples like caſes, moods & tenſes — I suppoſe they are Gramarians.
Alaſs! that thoſe gentlemen should uſe such a scandalous method  to do what? why, to hurt a good cauſe without any advantage to them‐ selves. I am perſwaded, God is greatly diſpleaſed with their conduct, &  will humble them, & make them weep bitterly for it, if ever he deſigns   to honour them as inſtruments of his glory in the World, & to bring  them to heaven at laſt — Why do not the Miniſters to the eaſtward   write, their silence will be conſtrued into an aſſent to yt letter, [illegible]by  & by if they do not. MrOcc: tells me that there is a large tract of  Land on Long Iſland on ye north sid not far weſt of South hold, wch was  formerly offered to the Montauk Indians for Montauks, & which he  thinks may be procured for a small sum which is handy for fiſh   oyſters Clams, &c so that much of the youths living might be ob‐ tained therefrom — salt hay eno’ for a large stock, & all the Barons  of the iſland for their range in Summer — If nothing shall turn  up soon, & there should be any tho’t of fixing the School near  your parts, will it not be worth while to look after that land, &  send the advantages of it, if they are great, or worthy conſidering.  you know the good temper of Long Iſland fo[illegible]lks — Your Acc.t of dear  mr Kirtland grieves me — May God preſerve his life & reſtore his health.
Bleſſed be God, your endeavours are so succeeded — you don’t tell me  one word whether my family is alive or dead — When I shall return  I cant gueſs. O pray for me that I may be kept from all evil, but  eſpecially from sin — & that he would go before me in this work —  Mr Occom is will, & gives Duty to you & all yous — pleaſe to preſent   kindeſt Love to dear Madam, Rodolphus, Daughters, sons, scholars, people, &c.  and accept the Same from  your unworthy Brother  & fellow serv.t in the bleſſe Goſpel   Nathl Whitaker
The propoſals for printing a new Tranſlation of ^the^ new T. which accom‐ panies this; will doubtleſs afford you some speculation. This work (which is  said to be now in the preſs) is performed by the Revd mr Harwood of  Briſtol, son in law to the late venerable Dr. Sam.l Chandler of London. This  Gentleman is very friendly to the Indian cauſe!!! The propoſats were  turned into verſe by one mr Brown a Ch. miniſter in Briſtol, & a very  pious good man & pGoſpel preacher. In them you see what a state reli‐ gion is in thro’ the greateſt part of England — Yet there are a few names  in Sardis — May God revive his own work. Dr Gibbons is a friend  indeed. He thinks it is beſt for you to write over to aſſure your friends here  that you have, & will leave behind you when you shall die, a will by  which all the monies which may happen then to be in your hands  unexpended shall be devoted to the uſe of the school, & miſſions. This he  deſires as a friend that he & others may have wherewith to anſwer objec‐ tors — You had as good write to him on this head, & take no notice of my  writing to you about it. I think it will be beſt to send him a coppy of the  paragraft of the will wherein this is selled.
The beſt computation ^gueſs ^ I can make of the number supported by  this Charity at preſent, both in your school & in the Wilderne[gap: tear][guess: ſs]  tween 40 & 50 & when I am aſked how many, I anſwer that [gap: tear]  know exactly, but suppoſe between 40. & 50. I therefore beg the fa[gap: tear][guess: vour]  you to send me an acc.t of your numbers, how many Indians, & [gap: tear]  many Engliſh — & how they are imployed, & alſo send the Truſt an acc.[gap: tear][guess: t]   what you have rec.d from here, & in America, & what money is in your  hands, & under what improvem.t — I send 60 of Mathew Meeds almoſt   Chriſtian, & a few other Books to mrs Whitaker, the 60 coſt me 3 g.s When  you have taken what you chuſe of them you may diſpoſe of the reſt to mr   Breed but not under 16 ster per book, or to any one elſe you pleaſe, so that  you leave 2 or 3 for me; the other books are the gift of the Book society.  I hope you will not draw for any more money if you can poſſibly do  with out it yet a while, & wn you do pleaſe to give the truſt an acc.t of  the diſpoſal of all you have rec.d mr Keen is secretary.
Mr Whitefield says, you should have all your accounts Audited &  certified under some publick seal.
It will not be long before we go into the Country toward Scolland — The spirit of  giving seems somewhat over here, the thing has become old & stale; but God will do  all his pleaſure — I have juſt reviſed a 2d time the appendix to the narra‐ tive which I send you — You may, God enabling me, depend on my ^ut^ moſt en‐ deavours to promote this Cauſe — mr Occom does not medle in Maſons affair
I am your Brother Nathl Whitaker 
NB. I sent you the firſt of theſe Bills the other Day — Mr Whitefield says you should  send over a number of Indian rarities. you, & no body elſe, muſt send them. Git the Indians to make  a number of neat Baſkets for the ladies — Lady Dartmouth & others would be glad of such preſents   & may prcure many Gunies, I wiſh you would think of any of their works which will  shew their genius, & will be pleaſing to the people here, as any such things will be.
Received Ap.r 20  1767.
To  The Revd Mr Eleazar Wheelock  in Lebanon  Connecticut.  From the Rev.d M.r Whitaker  Feby 1767