Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 February 24



abstractIn response to Occom's query/admonition, Wheelock asserts that the first and most important purpose of the college is Indian education.

handwritingHandwriting is small and informal, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperSingle sheet is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear that results in some loss of text.

inkBrown-black ink is heavily faded in spots.

noteworthyThis letter is written in answer to manuscript 771424. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note “Wheelock 1772” to one verso; this note has not been included in the transcription.

Rev.d & dear Sir.
I've only Time amidſt a continual Crowd of Buſineſs to acknowledge the Receipt of Your kind Fav.r of y.e 5.th Inſtt and add in anſwer to your Queſtion, viz. "Whether Dartmouth College is for the Indians or white people" or both equally alike."
I thought my dear ſir, you had fully known my Object to be the Indians which has been invariably the Same from the firſt. They are also the firſt object in the Charter. Theſe Lands are all given for that purpoſe, and will be so used for them So long as there Shall be indians upon the continent to partake of the Benefit — I have not taken a Step nor Struck a Stroke Since I have been here but with that view — In that Cauſe I am worn out, and have now riſqued all my Eſtate — The Plan ins ſuch that all the Benefit done or propoſed to be done to the Engliſh is Subſerviant in the B[gap: tear][guess: eſ]t Manner to the Indian Cauſe; and greatly adds to and increaſes my Ability to help the Indians and that many ways, inſomuch that I hope in God to be able to Support an Hundred Indians and Youths deſigned for Indian ſervice on Charity in a little Time — handt you Seen my late Narrative — You may have one at Hartford if you will Send, and in that be informd what I have been & now am about — My Heart is broken & Spirits Some‐times almoſt overwhelmd with the Behavior of Some I have taken unwearied pains for — perhaps God intends to waft them away from this Land — but however that may be my Reſolution yet continues to follow them with my Endea‐vors for them as Long as I live, and I beleive in ſo doing I am unto God a Sweet Savor of Chriſt, though they all periſh after all that can be done to Save them.
Governor Wentworth who is a great Friend to the Cauſe writes me that I may expect 12. Indian Boys from St
ſ.t Johns next Spring — I have Sent for 20 from Canada — I expect Some from other Quarters also in the Spring — My Hope is in [illegible][guess: g][illegible][guess: G]od alone & my work is with him — I had this winter the very meloncholly account of your Son Aarons Death — I Sympathize with you in it and pray God to Sanctify it to you and Yours — Accept my Love to You & Mrs Occom
I wiſh You to enjoy all that divine Teaching and Influence which is needful in all the pious Labors you are or may be ingaged in for the upbuilding the Cauſ of the Redeemer. And am with great Sincerity
Your hearty Friend & Servant Eleazar Wheelock