Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1771 August 15

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abstractWheelock writes a strongly worded rebuttal of Occom’s criticisms regarding Wheelock’s withdrawl from Indian education.

handwritingDocument is not written in Wheelock’s hand. Letter case with regard to the letter “y” is difficult to discern -- when it is in question, the transcriber has opted for lower case.

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

inkLight brown ink is faded.

noteworthyPostscript appears to have been added in different ink. Given the lack of an address or seal, and the fact that the document is not in Wheelock's hand, it is possible/likely that this is a copy.

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  Dear M.r Occom// 
yours of July 24.th is before me. I rejoice al­  ways to hear of your health & prosperity & have never faild  of a disposition to promote your usefulneſs & your  Comfort, but to use the same freedom which You  approve & set me an example of, I must tell You  I either very much want a good spiritual taste  or your Litter has a very ill savor for a Christain  or rather if I have any good taste at all, it much  savors of pride, arrogance & a want of proper  concern to heal the bleeding wounds of our  glorious Redeemer. You discover very great Ig­  norance of my plan, my object, my reasons &  motives, my views & prospects, and as great a  degree of uncharitableneſs as of ignorance. You  shew no degree of brotherly & Christain Sympathy  towards me in my long & weary travil, notwith­  stand.g your nation have been inviariably my  chief object, nor any disposition to encourage  my Heart or strengthen my hands, tho' un­  der a weight heavy eno' to crush an Angel,  and in a Cause which has been & still is, so  astonishingly own'd of God — 
[left]To Rev.d M.r Occom  Aug.t 15.th 1771
   
 And 'tho my memory be poor, yet matters which  impreſs my mind, as the follow.g particulars have  done, I am far from imagin.g that I have only  dream'd about them viz.t 1.st when I saw you after  your return from Europe I propos'd your going on a  miſsion among remote tribes, as those near you  were a[illegible][guess: ll u]^[illegible]^nder the care of & supplied by the  London Board in Boston. you insisted upon your  stay.g at home one Year, I propos'd your  mak.g a settlement for yourself & Wife & part  of your famely among some remote na[illegible][guess: t]tion,  & promis'd you my aſsistance, & friend[illegible]ship ^as^ to your  comfortable support there, You rejected the proposal.  I offer'd to take part of your Children, viz.t all  that were suitable for it, if you pleas'd & educate  them in the best manner I could in my School,  You shewed no disposition to comply with it. 2dly  I never discouraged your going into the Indian  Country, nor shew'd any coldneſs towards it, unleſs  when you propos'd only just to make a short  visit, which I was not sure would anſwer the  expence which You let me know would be necſesary  to prepair You for & support you in it —   
^3.dly^ You always knew there was money eno' &  my Heart always open to supply you as soon  as I could see your Heart in earnest to serve  the Redeemer's Cause in that capacity.  4.dly the first I ever heard of your being dis­  pos'd to seek a settlement in the wilder­  neſs, was by M.r Woodward last Spring^Winter^,  Whereupon I wrote a judicious Christain  friend, to enquire of your moral Charac­  ter, & advise whether it was such, as that  I might with honor to the Redeemer's,  Cau[illegible]se employ you, & hope'd to hear, that  which might warrant my proceeding  thereto. And there is noth.g want.g at this  time, but proper satisfaction that it  my be done without reproach to the Re­  deemer's Cause, in order to engage all my  heart & powers therein. 5.[illegible][guess: dly] I beleived  your brother David did very sinfully in leav.g  the Cause in the wilderneſs as he did.  & that his treatment of me was very ungenerous  & abusive, the particulars whereof I have  told him. I have constantly wish'd to   
see him convinced of this Rashnesſs & folly, & have  been propense to forgive & restore him, & am so  at this moment, thus I have given you a  little sketch of things as they lye in my  mind. My dear Man, I think you much dis­  honor God, intreating his great goodneſs to You  in opening such a favorable door to go on your  so much improv.g & advantagous tour to Europe  almost as tho' you had gone thro' a most tragical  Scene of persecution. I am now got near my  Journie's end, & long to be at rest, God grant  we may both appear before him, wash'd in  the Redeemer's blood & cloath'd with his white  Robes.   
  With Love to You & M.rs Occom  I am yet Your friend & Well wisher   Eleazar Wheelock  Dartmouth College Aug.t 15. 1771 
P.S. I shall be glad to employ your Brother David & give him a reasonable  Consideration, or as much as you mention, provided he be in  earnest engaged to promote the Cause proposed. I am weary  of connections with Men in whom there is no Faith.   
^[bottom]Windham Aug^   
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