Aaron Kinne, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 23

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abstractKinne writes that the Oneidas have agreed to his proposal for a more permanent ministry.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible. The trailer on one recto is in an unknown hand.

paperSingle large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBrown-black.

Hon..d D..r   
When I wrote last had ob‐  tained an Interpreter & was returning Home—  Tuesday went to O. Onida—a Council was calld—  Chiefs met — made a speech to them in which  desired [illegible]their Mind about receiveing the Gospel—  if they conſented, offer'd to preach once a week—  And to satiſfy myſelf of their Sincerity & Friend  ship, enquired what they should think about  having a Minister tarry with them in a more  steady way — telling them 'twas of great impor‐  tance that the D.r Should fully know their dis  position about the Gospel — that was going to  send directly to N England & give an account of  what they said— But some of the House being  absent— refused an Answer — said in the Evening  they would all be at Home, when they would consi  der what had been laid before them — & send an ans‐  wer the next Morning—
Yesterday a Meſsenger came with the Result of  the Council — said they were willing & desirous of 
[left]From M.r Aaron Kinne  June 23. 1768
 
once a Week— should be glad of a Minister to tarry with  them but had not Provision — the Council determined  further to consider that Matter — I told thim if they  tho't one was coming to live with them they did not  understand me — all I wanted was to know their mind  fully — tho', if they were engaged & behaved well, 'twas  likely they would be considered — To day he came  with Yesterday's Result — they & this Castle were one —  they had young Perſons that would get drunk &  then they would abuse the Mindister — upon the whole  if they could have preaching once ^a week^ they would be sa‐  tiſfy'd & thankful —  The Chiefs of the Tribes are to Meet at S.r William's  in about a Month — the Onondagaes are determin'd  not to give an Answer to their offer till then — & then  in the presence of all — William has been to Canase‐  raga — to bring a Child designed for the school — the  Mother said 'twas too Young — would keep it till sp[gap: blotted_out][guess: ri]ng,  & send it then — Desiring the Enlargement of the  Redeemer's Kingdom among the Heathen — & praying  that the School may be succeeded & bleſs'd to that End,  am, 
Hon,,d Doct.r,  Your  most obedient &  humble Servant,  Aaron Kinne.    ^[bottom]Rev..d D.r Wheelock^   
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