Robert Keen, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 November 30


abstractKeen reports on Occom’s illness and return to London, and encourages Whitaker to continue the rest of the tour alone.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, clear and legible. The trailer appears to be in Whitaker's hand.

paperMedium-sized sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear that results in a minor loss of text.


signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

noteworthyThere are ink spots sprinkled throughout that are easily confused with punctuation.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

Dear ſr   
I reced yours of ye 28th Inst encloseing 2  Bank bills of £20 each & a Bill on Thos Cloake 10 days  after date £42 Total valu in ye above letter. £82 with  the Accots to Tendtertden to all which I shall acknowledge To‐  ‐morrows post — — I was surpriz'd to see M:r Occom on Wednesday  last when as I told him you were to meet him ye next day  at Tunbridge wells — he said he had left word for you; but  I find you were not acquainted withit — I askd him how he  came not to meet you at Tunbridge wells & then have come to  London — he said he found himself very poorly & had a fever  on him then — — he went pretty early to Bed & as D:r Sparks &  I din'd with Mr Whitefield he came whilst we were there about 2  o'Clock —Dr Sparks sent him something to take & some sack whey  was made him & he lay in his old lodging — I saw him on  Saturday & he look'd pretty well in the parlour below — he  made an engagement to come about 5 o'Clock this afternoon  to my house to drink Tea & Sup with us & go home about ½ after 9  —I've just now sent to know how he does & why he did not come?  my Lad brings me word he was but poorly but thinks he shall be  better on ye morrow & will then come & dine with me — — if he had been  here to night he should have wrote you a letter himself or a part in  this — if he should be better I thought he should meet you at least on  Friday Evening at Canterbury — but if you can pursue ye 2 weeks 
[left]From mr Keen  Nov.r 30.1767
Rout you mention ^without him,^ do … and then come yourself to London — perhaps  you can do it as well without him & it will be a pity to miſs any  places that you can accomplish in that time — you and I must  bear the burden & I dare say have had more of it to our share  then all the rest put them altogether — but it is for God, & the pleasur[gap: worn_edge][guess: e]  we have had to see the cause prosper has greatly overballanc'd all  our trouble & fatigue — your friends here will be glad to see you  at ye end of this Tour —as it will be then 9 months since you left londo[gap: worn_edge][guess: n]
it has pleas'd God to remove by death which I suppose you hav[gap: worn_edge][guess: e]  heard before now Vizt S:r Charles Hotham — all the others are  pure well, met together last week and are quite harmonious — neve[gap: worn_edge][guess: r]  any one disagreed or Jarr'd with another — tho' Mr Robarts said he  heard otherwise at Bristol — Remember me kindly to  Mr Bradbury & his Lady — we often remember them at Mr Wests  where we are to be To Morrow Evening — dear Mr Brewer is to be  at our Annual meeting at the Kings head in ye poultry and our  worthy friend Mr Whitefield is to meet them in his room — I shall send  my Money to ye Kings head but propose to be at Mr Wests — Mr Brewer  may perhaps get time enough to conclude with prayer — let me  hear from you as often as convenient & believe me to be dr Sr in the best bonds  Robt Keen