Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Sir William Johnson, 1767 April 23


abstractWheelock discusses hostilities among the Naragansett tribe and asks for Johnson's assistance. He also discusses a possible location to build a school.

handwritingRelatively clear and formal for Wheelock. Trailer is in a different hand. "Kirtland” is added beneath the trailer in yet another hand, possibly that of Solomon Williams.

paperGood condition, with minimal wear.

Tobias Shattock of the Naraganſett  Tribe of Indians, now a member of my School  deſires me to inform your Excellcy — That a  number of his Tribe, and who ^Such as^ are of the worſt  characters ^in it^ being Inſtigated by their Sachem  continue to injure and abuſe the religious  and Steady part of that Tribe greatly — They  have forcibly taken away the Poſseſsions of  many of their Nieghbours, and taken poſseſsion  of their Labours, and Seem deſignd to ruin  the Tribe as fast as they can — the Indians  there are in Such Difficulty that they know not  which way to turn — Their Eyes are to your  Excellcy, under God, to releive them — Those  Engliſh people who have bought Land of their  Sachem are using every artifice to improve them  — they try to intice the Indians to referr their con­ ­troverſies to them for Deciſion: & he fears that,  by delays they will Suffer greally in their Interest  This Toby appears to be a very honeſt, Steady,  prudent man perhaps as much ſo as any of that  Tribe, he is one of their Council, and I Suppose  has more Influence among them than any Other  of   
of Tthem — When your Excellency Shall do me the  Favour which I requeſted in my Laſt; if you  would pleaſe to give Some Council & Direction  in their Case you would greatly oblige them.
I have done nothing towards providing Miſsi­ onaries and School Maſters to Supply the vacancies  in your vicinity, nor Shall I do any thing  about it, till I know your mind —
I herewith incloſe a Narrative, which pleaſe  to accept & M.r Kirtland can give you acco.t  of late advices from Home reſpecting this  Deſign, which are too long to write — And  also what meaſures have been taken to determine  the Place to fix this School. —
It is Strongly Recommended from Philadelphia  to fix it on the Ohio about 30 or 40 miles  below Pittsburg — what dos your Excellcy think  of that place? I am with much Eſteem  and Reſpect,
Your Excellency's  moſt Obed.t & moſt  Humble Servant Eleazar Wheelock 
Sir W.m Johnſon. 
[right]To Genl Johnson April 23d  1767