Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Robert Keen, 1767 October 16


abstractWheelock says he is drawing money from the Trust in England, and urges Keen to relay its reaction to Wheelock's accounts. He writes about Brainerd's mission to Muskingum, Kirkland's mission to the Oneidas, Phineas Dodge and Joseph Johnson's schools in Oneida, and an "extraordinary and preternatural" occurrence, which he does not disclose.

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Dear M.r Keen.   
Not a line from you ſince yours of March 23.d & yo  may gueſs whether I'[illegible] not almoſt Impatient to know  whether thoſe noble and worthy Gentlemen of y.e Truſt  are well Setiſfied with the Accots &c which I have tranſmit ‐ted — 
I hoped to have heard from y.o before I ſho.d be neceſsi‐ ‐tated to draw any more Bills, but by the encloſed you  will See Such openings in Providence as muſt be em‐ braced, what ever Incroachments are made upon the  Capital— And I have accordingly Signd a Bill in Favou^r^  of Mſsrs Danl & [illegible]Joſhua Lathrop for £140 Sterling. which  I have recived, and pray you to Honour. And expect to  Sign another in Favour of M.r Aſahel Clark, as Soon as  my Accotts with him can be Settled. 
A few Days ago I rec.d a Letter from M.r Brainerd  adviſing that he is preparing for his proposed Miſsion  to the Ohio (ie to Muſkangham) early next ſpring  but cant get Suppties either for the Support of a Compan ‐ion or School Maſter — but depends upon me to do  it or ye Miſsion muſt drop. I am of opinion it  muſt be purſued — The Rev.d M.r Buell told me  laſt week, that M.r Beaty told him, that there were  not leſs than 40 under deep, and So far as he cod  See genuine convictions when he & M.r Duffells  left them laſt Spring year. 
I gave you a Hint of Something extraordinary  and preternatural, preparitory to the Introduction  of those Gentlemen — and I wod have Served you  with a particular & Circumſtantial Acco.t of it before  now had not ye Letter faild in which it was. I expect  it Soon, and will Serve you with it as Soon as I can,  unleſs the Report that M.r Beaty ais gave to England be   confirm^d^ 
confirmd by whom you may have the original 
I have been hoping every Day according to the  Encouragment heretofore given, to receive a ſupply  of cloathing for my School & Miſsionaries, from  Home — I much regrett the Extraordinary Expence  of cloathing them at our Merchants Shops. 
I informd you in a late Litter of M.r Kirtlands  deſign to make Application to our Gen.l Aſsembly  for aſsiſtance in Setting up Huſbandry among  his Indians — but the preſent favourable Appear‐ ‐ances among his people have determined him not  to leave them till next Spring. 
Two Days ago M.r Dodge & Joseph Johnſon  Sat off in order to take ye [illegible] Schools at y.e two  Towers in Onoida. 
Give my beſt Regards to good ^dear^ M.r Smith if  he be yet with you — pleaſe to let him & M.r  Whitefield See the incloſed. 
And if M.r Whitefield be from home, I give  you leave to open mine to him, but with  Such Caution in the use of [illegible]what I write as  ye nature of ye Caſe requires, & your Prudence  Shall dictate.— 
We have a Rumour that M.r Whitaker & Mr  Occom are in Ireland. if they be with you  let them receive all as tho' wrote to thim  with my their families are well. 
My Hond & dear ſir, pray for 
   Yours in the glorious Im̅anuel   Eleazar Wheelock 
[right]Letter to M.r R: Keen  Oct.r 16th 1767