David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21


abstractMcClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.

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


noteworthySignature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.

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  Rev.d and Hon.d Sir, 
In a Conversation Sir Avery & I  had with M.r Occom this Vacancy at Mohegan some  things paſs'd which I esteem my Duty to inform the  Doctor of, & which I imagine he wou'd chuse to under­  stand — After m.r Occom had made some Enquiry  concerning the State of School, of which he seem'd to  be pretty ignorant — he inform'd us that he had been  desirous & still was to write home to his Friends in  England & particularly to some of the Gentlemen of  the Trust — and that the only Reason of his not writing  was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­  ing the State of the School as Friends there would  expect that from him if he wrote, and as the School  is at present constituted he imagined an Acco.t of it  would ^not^ be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor anſwer  their Expectations — He complain'd, but in a friendly  manner, that the Indian was converted into an  [illegible]English School & that the [illegible]English had crouded out  the Indian Youths — he instanced in one Symons 
Rev.d Doctor Wheelock   
a likely Indian who came to git admittance but coud not be  admitted because the School was full — He supposed that  Gentlemen in England tho't the School at present was  made up cheifly of Indian Youth & that should he write &  inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it wou'd  give them ^a^ disgust & Jealosy that the Charities were not ap­  plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors  & Benefactors, which was to educate Indians cheifly  I told him the Doctor, I was pretty certain, was ready to admit  any likely, promising Indians, & to fit them for School­  masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had  already educated in general made so poor improvement of  their Learning, that the Doctor I imagin'd was in a  measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher Charecters  than those mentioned — And that such being the Case  with the Indian Youth, [illegible] it would be more agreeable  to the Benefactors to the School to have their Charity im­  proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause  viz.t by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further  mentioned some things respecting Doctor W–r, which I  imagine the Doctor would chuse to know — particularly  his talking much about State & national Affairs which  had turn'd many Gentlemen who were his Friends to  become his Enemies — that he had often talk'd with the  Doctor on the Head & advised him to let National  Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —   
that when the Doctor left England he had not ſix Friends  in London — the Gentlemen of the Trust asked M.r  Occom at Table publickly what made them send  over Doctor Whitaker — whether Doctor Wheelock & the  Board on this side the Water were all such men as  the Doctor — & that if they knew them to be such men  they would either return the money collected to  its [illegible]Donors or put it into the Court of Chancery  The Gentlemen of the Trust engaged M.r Occom to  write particularly of the School & the Disposal of the  monies collected in England — & that he tried to excuse  himself from writing, & I think he say'd they wou'd  not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate  a Jealosy imbibed from Doctor W–r's Conduct or  something else — & the only Reason he gave us of  his not writing was the Neceſsity he was under if he  wrote to inform them particularly of the School,  which they insisted upon — Such Rev.d Sir, was the  Representation he made to us, which he informed  us he had not made known fully to the Doctor  but design'd to the first Interview —   Permit me, ſir, to expreſs my warmest & most dutiful  Wishes for your Health, & Prosperity in Your great and  benevolent Design, & to manifest how much, I am  Rev.d & Hon.d Sir,   
Your very dutiful & much obliged   humble Servant —   David Maccluer   
From David Maccluer  May 27— 1770—   
To— The Reverend—  Eleazar Wheelock D.D.  In  New England  ⅌ favor}  M.r Woodward}