Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1769 March 9


abstractWheelock writes that he has heard rumours about Occom being drunk. He reports that Hezekiah Calvin is in prison for forging a pass for a Negro, and that Joseph Johnson has not been heard from.

handwritingInformal handwriting is small and somewhat crowded, yet mostly clear and legible. The trailer appears to be in Occom's hand.

paperSmall single sheet appears to have been torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyAn editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note to the trailer on one verso. This note, which has not been included in the transcription, obscures a portion of the original text.

My dear ſir. 
There is an ugly report bruited of You in  Windham [gap: stain][guess: by] M.r Proſper Wetmore of Chilſey. [illegible]  it is Said to come from him viz. that You was  over taken with exceſsive Drinking at Chilſey near  the Time You was here — and y.t You had been Several  Times diſguiſed by it — I gave no credit to it & told all  I heard diſcourſe about it, that I beleived there was  no truth in it. If it be fact indeed, it is Sad indeed, and  a greater wound to Chriſt and his Cauſe than Your former  Error —
I want much to See You to converſe relative to your  deſigned Tour into the Wilderneſs this Spring — for many  Reaſons I think it will be beſt You Shod go as Soon as the  ways & Seaſon will permitt — And it would be beſt you  Should be there while Meſsrſrs Johnſon and Kirtland are  at Home that you might Supply the Onoidas in part  while they are from them — John Matthews gives Some  Grounds to hope he has met with a Saving Change. I hope  that he & Abraham will be useful men — there are  near 40 who have got a hope Since this late Seaſon of  Gods Special Favour towards us began. —
Where is Dr H[illegible][guess: e]ws Daughter which you gave me Reaſon  to expect? — Have you concluded to take David with  You to errect a School Among the Onondagas? —
do Write me of these things as Soon as may be, that I may  know what to depend upon.
I hear that poor Hez Calvin has got into Priſon at  Littleaſe for forging a paſs for a Negro, & that it is  probable he will fare hardly — I hope God will humble  him & do him Good by it — Jo. Johnſon hant yet been  seen in these parts — I think he is going in the same track  with others — I give my love to you & yours, and am —
yours very heartily  Eleazar Wheelock 
Rev.d Sampſon Occom
D.r W[illegible][guess: s]