Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 November 28


abstractWheelock writes to Whitaker about the serious trouble caused by Whitaker’s dealings with Nathaniel Eells. He also posits that Ralph Wheelock’s ability to manage Indians would make him his father's successor.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear; it is not Wheelock’s.

paperSingle large sheet is heavily reinforced, which makes it difficult to gauge the condition of the paper, and which slightly dims the text.


noteworthyThis letter is a copy. Its contents are nearly identical to those of manuscript 767628.1. The sons of Whitaker and Occom mentioned by Wheelock in the closing are James Whitaker and Aaron Occom

signatureThe abbreviated signature is not in Wheelock’s hand.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  My dear Broth.r 
How glad should I be to see yo, but I patiently wait 'till God has  done w.th y.o where yo are — The imprudent Letters w.h paſs'd between yo & M.r E–s  have occasioned Me much trouble, & seemd for a while as tho' they would unhinge  y.e whole affair — I Charitably believe he ment no more than to pursue  y.e Plan laid by our Board of Com̅iſsioners before yo saild, & to take y.t advan =tage of trade w.h somebody must have upon that Plan, & why not he as well  as another? yet y.e Letters as they appeared were shocking indeed. I knew nothing  of them till I had ye Copie of them by M.r Keen, w.th advice y.t my Bill in fav.r  of M.r Breed was protested, on y.t acco.t — I had no other Refuge but God alone  it occasioned me a long, tedious, & fruitleſs Journey to Portsmouth, before I had  recover'd from a fit of sickneſs so as to be able to ride 20 miles in a day. but  God has helped me thro' all, & y.e Cause has not suffered greatly by it, on this  Side y.e Water — But I suspect there is yet some Jealousies remaining in y.e  minds of ye Gentlemen of ye Trust, which it concerns yo fully to remove —  M.r E–s wrote M.r Whitefield y.t w.h I hoped would be satiſfactory but have never heard  whether it reach'd him — M.r Keen writes me y.t it is generally understood &  y.t y.o have declared y.t y.e Trust have right to pay or protest Bills as they shall  think advisable; but I presume y.o ha'n't well digested y.t Matter; because yo  ha'n't had y.e Experience w.h I had very timeously had of y.e Danger, & Risque  upon y.e Plan, nor do I know who y.o find willing to be an Agent on y.s  side y.e Water, upon y.t Plan, so long as his own Intrest is pawn'd to defray  all Charges — The Gentlemen of ye Trust shewed a laudable, & truly christian  Integrity towards y.e Redeemers cause as ye matter appeared to them — I never  blam'd them so much as in a tho't, tho' I was myself so great, & y.e only sufferer —  But I can aſsure y.o I did not always feal as I should, while I was expecting y.e  protested Bill, & tho't on all ye consequences w.h woul likely ensue — The support  of y.e Miſs [illegible][guess: res], who ask for no other Reward for their service, must be sure, — I think  y.t leſs than y.t can't be right, nor pleasing to God; unleſs they were able & willing  to support themſelves — And I don't see how y.e Affair can be accomodated without an  Incorporation, or at least a trust here. — I have been turning my tho'ts, & weigh =ing every Man within my acquaintance, & design soon to fix upon a num.r &  make a new Will, & submit ^it^ to ye Censures of my hono.d Patrons, ye Gentlemen of ye Trust   My son Ralph after such a long & dark cloud as he has been under w.th respect to his health,  has now ye a prospect of enjoying y.t Bleſsing to a good Degree. He is in high spirits for Indian  affairs, he understands ye Buſineſs, & has a tallent at Ggoverning Indians beyond any man  I can employ — I don't know w.t God intends for him, but at present he is a Comfort  & help to me. it may be he will be y.e Man to conduct ys affair when I have done, —  Indeed I know of no man [illegible]at present who can do it better — but I wait upon God to direct  & I love to wait, & hope, [illegible]& trust in him alone — Your & M.r Occoms Sons w.th me are well,  y.r Families were so not long ago. Give my love to M.r Occom; I want to see him; does he keep  clear of y.t Indian distemper Pride. If y.o see anything of it, advise him y.t he had better have  a rattle-snake in his Bosom; I don't write y.s because I suppose him worse than myself, but  because I have known so much of the mischiefs of y.t Evil, & know his temptations to be very  great — Oh! watch & pray — My dear Broth.r I love yo right well; & am   
  Yours in ye dearest Bonds   Eleazr Wheelock  
P.S. I trust y.o will see my Letters here  with transmitted to y.e trust & to M.r  Whitefield. to w.h I refer y.o for intelligence. My Physicians say  I must soon quit all unleſs I will abate of my continual Labours.  But w.t shall I do? I imploy one pen besides my own continually & sometimes two,  & have done so for mayny months.  Rev.d Doct.r Whitaker. 
Letter to the Revd Doct.r Whitaker  Nov.r 28. 1767.