Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to William McCullock, 1769 June 9

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abstractWheelock expresses his gratitude for a gift of books, and relates the progress of various missionary enterprises in the face of drunkeness and outside influences.

handwritingHandwriting is, for Wheelock, exceedingly formal and clear.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. Some preservation work has been done on the central vertical crease.

inkBrown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyAs is marked on one recto, this document is a copy.

  Rev,d & dear ſir, 
When I receiv.d a Letter, a few Days ago  of 14th ulto, from my dear M,r C. Jeffry Smith, in‐ ‐forming me of your juſt complaint for not haveing  received my Receipt of the Books sent to my School  through his Hands, I was indeed aſhamed & affected  with such a Neglect of mine, & can only plead, what  I am obliged often to plead, as excuſe for Neglect, and  that too, in caſes of Importance, viz My Want of  Time for it, 'till it had slip'd my Mind — The Books  came safe, and a choice Present I eſteem them — I  have to the beſt of my Ability diſpoſed of a Number  of them, among the Indians of Several Tribes, &  to such as I judged your Charity would point out —  The reſt are waiting for such Occaſions, & they shall,  you may depend upon it, my dear Sir, by God's help,  be faithfully diſposed of according to my Diſcretion,  for the pious Purposes for which you deſigned them.  And God grant you may meet Numbers of thoſe  poor Savages, on the bliſsful Shore, by whom you  may hear the Mention of your Charity, as the Means  under God of preparing them for, & bringing them there   In addition to my ordinary Work in the Miniſtry,  The care of my School, preparing, planning for,  supplying & sending Miſsionaries, & School Maſters,  into the Wilderneſs, diſposing, & directing their  reſpective Services &c God has of his abundant Grace  been pleaſed to grant another special & sweet Season  of the Outpouring of a Spirit of Conviction, &  Converſion upon my people.   It began laſt October in a Small Neighbourhood,  firſt occasioned by the Death of a pious Youth  ^[below]Rev,d Mr M,cCullock^  ^[left](Copy)^ 
who was hopefully converted in a like Seaſon of God's,  about [illegible]5 years ago; while he was a Member of my School  this Concern soon spread thro' the Pariſh; but has been  allmoſt wholly confin'd to the youths. Their Terrors in  general have been nothing like so great, as they have been  in several former Seasons of Awakning; & particularly  that about 27 Years ago: yet appeard genuine; & I truſt  in many Inſtances effectual, and the Fruits exceeding  good. And by the Mercy of God, the whole has been con‐ ­ducted with such Decency & Diſcretion, that even the  Accuſer of the Brethren has not been able, that I have  ever heard of, to find so much as a plauſible objection  againſt, either the [illegible][guess: [whole]]work itſelf, or the Subjects, or In‐ ‐ſtruments of it — There seems at preſent to be an Abate‐ ‐ment of it, but peace & oneſs of Heart is yet to a happy  Degree our Character. God grant we may not, as we have  heretofore repeatedly done, under such a Mercy, neglect  our Watch, & indulge to Sleepineſs, & Security. There are  about 50. in this Seaſon, who, in a Judgment of rational  Charity, are become Subjects of a Saving Work of God's  Grace. About the same Number were hopefully added to  the Lord in the aforeſaidmentioned Season about 5 years  ago: there is of late a Begining of it in Several Neigh‐ ‐bouring Pariſhes — and it is at preſent very great in  a Town call'd Canaan in the northweſt Corner of  this Colony, under the Ministry of the Revd Mr Farrand,  about 70 or 80 Miles from me,. there is alſo conſiderable  appearance of it in Middletown, about 40 miles from me,  but the Progreſs of it there, it is to be feared, will be ob‐  ſtructed, & many perverted by wild & enthusiaſtical  people called Separates in thoſe parts.   The Work of God among the Indians at Onoida has  been indeed Wonderful. The Town called Kanawarohare   
under Mr Kirtland, are become a people near to God,  a Chh. has been lately gathered there, the Number  firſt imbodied was 17, & about 8 or 10, more were eſ teemed qualified, who were by the Providence of God  prevented joining with them at that Time, but  expected to have the opportunity very soon — of this  Number were many, if not moſt of their wiſe  men (as they call their Councellors)   In this affair there has been from firſt 'till  now, great opposition from Earth & Hell—  Frequent Reflections between the Tribes themſelves  — & between them & the Engliſh — The bad con‐ duct of Traders & unrighteous Dealers with them,  — Several large, & long congreſses in which they  have sold large Tracts of their Lands to the Engliſh;  & after that been rendered uncapable of doing  or getting Good, so long as their Money laſted &c  they able to buy Rum at any rate — By this  Means several of their Tribes are much diminiſh ‐ed — Some periſhing in their Drunkeneſs —  frequent Murders committed among them —  their Children periſhing thro' Neglect — & their  Tribes in a continual Ferment for Months  together, as tho' Hell had broke looſe. —   But after all My Hope is in God, who has ma‐  nifeſted the Riches of his Grace towards ye Onoidas,  that we shall yet see Numbers of the poor tau‐ ‐ney Wretches flocking to Chriſt; & that the  Grace of God towards theſe, who were but a little  while ago like their Brethren; will prove but  an   
an Earneſt, & firſt Fruit, of a Glorious Harveſt to X,  through the Wilds of America   I doubt not your fervent Prayers & the united Cries of  thouſands in Scotland, are daily aſsending to the God  of all Grace for the Succeſs of every attempt agreable  to his Word & Will, in this great Affair —  Pleaſe, my dear ſir, when you are neareſt, & warmeſt  at the Throne of Grace, to remember in particular, him  who, though now unknown, hopes soon to reſt with you,  where the wicked shall ceaſe from troubling, & where Savage  Brutiſhenſs, & indian Ingratitude shall vex no more.   pleaſe to accept my tender of much brotherly Affecti ‐on to you — & permit me to subſcribe myſelf   
Rev,d & dear Sir,   Your much obliged Friend   and very Humble Serv,t   Eleazar Wheelock 
^[right]To Rev,d Mr McCullock^  ^[right]Scotland^  ^[right]June 9th 1769.^
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