Samuel Savage, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 March 5



abstractSavage writes to Wheelock applauding his work and Whitaker’s efforts, hoping Occom will not be spoiled by the attention, distrusting the trustees’ management of the funds, and notifying him of a chest of books he has sent for use at the Indian Schools.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

Rev.d & Dear Sir
I owe you ^a^ letter of a long Standing. but a backwardng to writing and other avocat[illegible]ions. have hitherto hindred: but could not let this opertunity Slip without Sending you aline...
when I heard the great concerns you have for the cause of the redeemer and the Spread of the ^everlaſting^ gospell hath made me love you: though I never Saw you nor is it likely I ever Shall. in the present State. but hope to Meet you in King Jesus'. upper house: where we Shal See as we are Seen & know as we are known — when I heard of Dr Whitaker & Mr Occoms; coming it gave me pleasure but much more When I heard them & Saw them!: Dr Whitaker hath been indefati­ gable in going about to collect money ^in city & Country^ and Executed this work with great deligence prudence zeal and faithfulneſs: and honnour: it allso added much to the Succeſs of it that Mr Occom (the Indian) was with him: as a fruit (under god) of your labour: and whom the Lord hath done great things for.., and for whom many here bleſs god = but the poor indian hath been So careſs'd & Such reſpect Shown him even by the great and Noble. that I am ^have been^ affraid the good man Some times ^[left]hath almoſt^ forgot what he was —.— it is a great mercy to be kept Sitting at the feet of Jesus;— ^I hope he will be kept So^ Dr Sir I Esteem the cause in which you are engaged to be great and glorious & So do many here: [illegible]; but it is not without its Enemies for Satan hath been Stirring up all his force that he, hath been Sufferd to do against it: to Speak evill of it & of those that where engaged in it. even those from whom we Should have expected better things: but when they digg a pitt for others they may happen to fall in it their Selves —.
I am glad to find by ^yours &^ Mr Kirtlands letters as likewise by your Sons Journal to mr Kirtland. that the work goes on with Such Succeſs. I pray the Lord may prosper it more and more.—
I hope ways and means will be found for you So to proceed as to have Occasion for all the ^mony^ that is collected in England, while we continue to live: for Methink I Should be Sorry to leave any of it to another generation— for I See Such a fickleneſs in the minds of ^Some of^ those who. like to have the management of it that I Should be glad it could be (with honnour) drawn for out of their hands and I wish that whenever ^you^ to write to the trustees it may be ^in^ the most Solemn & Close manner (as also to give us all the encouragement you can of the Succes of the cause:) that none may dare to oppose or hinder you in your plans or designs ^yt^ you may think best for the carrying out the work:; ^but^ that every one of us may be Obliged to Say: that to Straiten or to Stop your hands would be to fight against god —
Dear Sir I hope these lines will find you in health andboth in Soul & body as also your whole family for whom I have. (in a Chest of books which are coming to you:) Sent [illegible]a piece of Stript Camblett of our manufacture 60 yards wch may be of use to Wheelock & your daughters &c ^[left]& family. —^ I need not Say I Shall be glad of a line from you whenever it Sutes— these books are in the Chest: are: 100 of Baptist Saints rest: a present from Revd M.r Benj Fawcett of Kidderminster in Worstershire: & many Sermons & pampletts. from Brine: Widdo of the late Revd Mr John Brine. of [illegible]london.
all for the use of the Schools. &c : at your discretion & Some are of Dr Whitakers & Some Mr Occoms..— they will know their own, and: now dear Sir I think I must take my leave of you for the present least I weary you with my Scrible: wishing & praying that great Grace may be uppon you all — I remain yours in the Purest
Bonds of Christian love Sam.l Savage.
PS. Perhaps you may think that what we have allow.d Dr Whitaker is but Smal:— in which I Joyn I cannot but Joyn with you — I would ^fain^ have had it Doubled but they would not admitt of it: a Very Smal consideration for two years & half absence from his family and Such a constant [illegible][guess: Scean] of labour and phatigue as he hath gone through.:
I am dr S.r once more yr  freind & serv.t for Christ Sake  S. S —
From M.r Sam.l Savage  March 1768
For Rev.d Doct.r Wheellock  ſhere