Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1771 September 9


abstractWheelock thanks Thornton for his assistance, describes the buildings and details expenses for the Charity School. He adds his hopes that Occom has reformed and can be of service again.

handwritingFormal handwriting is not Wheelock's; it is clear and legible. The trailer appears to be in Wheelock's hand.

paperTwo small sheets are in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyThis document is likely Wheelock's own copy.

signatureThe signature is not Wheelock’s.

My very dear & hon.d Sir. 
I thank you for your most endearing  Letter of April 26th which I have now before me, & it is like  cold water to a thirsty Soul. I wrote you a hasty line and  undigestd Line, by the hand of my Clerk on my receiving  it, while the Bearer was waiting impatiently for it  and now the case is nearly the same, the Bearer  being just setting out on his Journey, & gives me  no time but to throw out a few hints.  I bleſs God who has honored you with Ability, &  has so largely opened your Heart to serve the cause  of the Redeemer with his Goods which he has committed  to your stewardship — I find my confidence in you  in that regard has sensibly alleviated my Burden.
The Buildings which I am finishing are  no more than are absolutely neceſsary for the School,  & it cant subsist here without them, if I am suc= ­ceſsful in my Attempt to get the Number of Indian  Youth which I hope for as soon as the house is finished  they with the Independant Scholars, I expect will  fill the whole & as many Rooms of the private  houses which are going forwards near to it as can  be made ready for them
The College or large Building has not been  as yet entered upon, but will likely be neceſsary  if God continues his Smiles a few Years, when I hope  & believe a door will be opened to effect it. the Inde= =pendant Scholars provide for themselves, & are no  expence to the fund, nor any Impediment any way to  the first Object i.e. the Charity Scholars English & Indian  & it cant be without expence but the contrary.   provision  ^[left]Esq.r Thornton.^ 
provisions must be made for the Charity Scholars English  & Indians, & it cant be without expence. I am & have  been dseeking all aſsistances I can in this matter, but to do  it without expence to the fund is not poſsible, nor what  I ever expected, and you may depend upon it I shall spend  no more than is absolutely neceſsary for the School.  The Saw mill is finished which will much leſsen the  Expence of what is yet to do, & will likely afford a pretty  income to ye School besides.
M.r Occom is now 200 Miles from me. I wrote laſt  Winter & again last Spring, & have now desired M.r Avery  to make the most prudent Inquiry he could of M.r Occoms  moral Character, that I may be advised whither it be such  as that it can consist with the honor of Christ & the  reputation of the sacred Character to employ him as  a mMiſsionary, & if so I have wrote M.r Occom that I now  do & ^as I^ always have, stand ready to do all I can to promote  his comfort & Usefulneſs therein.
He complained in a letter to me of my writing  to you only of his fall, but nothing in his favor. I hope  to be able soon to give you a comfortable Acco.t of him.  The wound he has given the dear Cause is yet bleeding  very great & is yet bleeding.
I believe there is no[illegible][guess: w] talk or Jealousy ^in this Country^ that I have  changed my Religion tho' I believe many would  rejoice if I should. —
We are paſsing thro' a rough & thorny way,   our 
our days work will be done by & by, & I trust we shall  rest together where the wicked will cease from  troubling &c. I am with warmest Affection 
Your much obliged and  very humble Servant  Eleazar Wheelock
To Esq.r Thornton  Sept.r 9.th 1771.