Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1768 August 25


abstractWheelock writes that Occom refuses to return money that was inadvertently advanced to him; he fears Occom has been given delusions of grandeur by his treatment in England.

handwritingHandwriting is relatively neat and clear. Letter case is frequently difficult to decipher. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyIt is uncertain to whom Wheelock refers when he mentions Occom's "Youngest Child," and so he or she has been left untagged. In the left margin of one recto, Wheelock notes that the letter was never sent. When Wheelock mentions the Messrs. Lathrop, he is referring to Daniel Lathrop and Joshua Lathrop. The contents of this letter are similar to those of manuscript 768673.1

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

   My dear Sir. 
On ſight of M.r Keen's order by, & inFav.r of  M.r Occom, I drew on Meſsrs Lathrops [illegible]in [illegible] Fav.r for the  Money before I had been informed that he had received of  the Truſt in England an Allowance for the Support of his Fami‐ ‐ly in his Abſence, the greateſt part of which had been at the  Expence of the School — Soon after D.r Whitaker arrived, &  had inform'd me of the true State of the Affair I Sent Mr  Woodward my Bookkeeper to Settle the Acco.t with him, and  receive what was due to the School. But, [illegible]M.r Woodward ſays  he treated him with an air of Slight & Contempt, Said he would  Settle y.e acco.t with none but with me — that he laid out all  the money in England which he received of the Truſt as an Allow ‐ance for Support of his Family. And that He had paid away the  greateſt part of what he had rec.d of Meſsrs Lathrops by virtue  of my order; and had occaſion for the reſt to lay out in  Labour upon his Farm &c. and that, though it was reaſonable  the money Should be refunded to the School, it [illegible]Muſt wait till  he could get it Some Other way — On M.r Woodwards Enqui ‐ry how it came to paſs that the Allowance made him in  England was so Soon Spent? he aſsigned this as one Reaſon  that he bought a conſiderable Collection of Books for the  School but after wards for fear of Blame he took them to him ‐ſelf and charged them to his own Acco.t — upon which M.r Woodward  proposed taking those Books for the School, as he wanted to  Sell them, but he would not conſent to it without a cuſtomary  Advance. Neither (as appeard upon Trial) with Such Advance.  but would have the Money in Hand or not part with the  Books. — M.r Woodward finally deſired him to viſit me  Soon and Settle the Affair otherwiſe an acco.t of it muſt  be tranſmitted to England. this he promiſed to do in a few  Days, Since which Six Weeks have elapsed and I have heard  nothing from him — After [illegible]this I was informd that half  the Order he had on Meſsrs Lathrops remained unpaid; on which  M.r Woodward wrote M.r Occom in my Name, informing him  that I had heard of it. and expected that he would order Meſsrs   Lathrops to pay it to the School, upon the Receipt of which  Letter  ^[left]This Letter was never Sent.^   
Letter he immediately Applyed to them for the Money and  could not by them be prevaild upon to conſent that the  School Should have it. —   I adviſed him ſoon after he came Home to dispose of his  Family & Affairs agreably to make himſelf a Settlement in the  Wilderneſs, where he may have an Advantage which no Engliſhman  can have. viz. as much of the beſt of their Lands as he could  reaſonably deſire. I proposed that he Should take his Wife and  two of his Children with him. viz. his Eldeſt Son and fix him in a  School under his Guidance and Inſpection, and his Youngeſt Child to  live with him, and I would take all the reſt of his Children into my  School 'till his Circumſtances Should invite to take them with him,  but he Seemd diſinclind to it — and I hear is imploying a Number  of Labourers about his Houſe and Farm and I but little expect  either to get the Ballance of the School's acco.t which is about  ₤75. Sterling, or that he will ever Settle in Such a Miſsion —  I fear his Tour to England, and the great Reſpect Shewn him  there will have the Sad Effect to make him aſpire after Grandure  & Eaſe, and prevent his [illegible]future usefulneſs, at leaſt in a great  Meaſure. I hant Yet Seen him to diſcourſe the Affair with  him. Nor can I flatter my Self with any great Benefit by it, if  I Should, Since I can offer no more forcible Arguments than  M.r Woodward urged without Suceeſs.   I have Confidence in Your Prudence and have Obſerved [illegible]with  Pleaſure, the Expreſsions of Your Eſteem & Friendſhip towards  him, or I Should not have dar'd to expreſs myſelf with So much  freedom as I have done upon this Head.   I have, Since I tranſmitted my laſt accots, beſides the ₤100.  to pay M.r Occom, drawn on You for the following Sums viz.  ₤100. Sterl.g in Fav.r of Meſsrs Lathrops. June 20th  ₤100— in Fav.r of M.r John Baker Brimmer June 20.  ₤39.5.— in Fav.r of M.r George Green June 25.  ₤100. — in Favr of Meſs rs Lathrops Aug.t 12.   I have drawn for no more than has been Neceſsary; and  have used the greateſt [illegible]economy & Prudence I have been  Maſter of in all my layings out.   I conclude You will See what I write my Hon.d Patrons  to which I muſt refer you for Intelligence in the great Affair.   And Subſcribe with much Affection & Eſteem.   
Yours in the deareſt Bonds    Eleazar Wheelock 
John Thornton Esq.r   
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To Esq.r Thornton   Aug.t 25. 1768.