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

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doi
10.1349/ddlp.732

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.

handwritingHandwriting is small and somewhat stylized, yet mostly legible.

paperVery large sheet is fragile, with moderate-to-heavy yellowing, creasing and wear. Large tear near remnants of seal results in no loss of text.

inkDark brown-black

noteworthyThere are many variations in spelling, punctuation and syntax. Trailer is in an unknown hand.

signatureSignature is abbreviated, and a postscript is initialed.

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 M.rs Wheelock & your daughters &c ^[left]& family. —^ I need not Say I Shall be glad of a line from you whenever it Sutes— these books w.ch 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 M.rs 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 5.th 1768
For Rev.d Doct.r Wheellock  ſhere
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