Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 May 26


abstractWheelock asks Occom to join the mission of McClure and Frisbie to Muskingum.

handwritingWheelock's hand is relatively formal and clear.

paperSingle sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing, and wear.

inkBrown ink is faded in spots.

noteworthyManuscript 772316.1 is a copy of this letter.

  My dear M.r Occom.
I have lately received a Long Letter from our great  Friend Esq.r Thornton, in which he expreſses his wonted affection and  tender Regard for your comfort as well as usefulneſs and Seems to  have his Heart open for your Releif.
I have wrote him of the Appointment of Meſsrs Maccluer & Friſbie  to a miſsion on mMuſkingham, about 100 miles weſt of Fort Pitts  and that I would write you & propoſe to you to accompany them  to a Tribe of Indians not far from Muſkingham who Speak your  language. It will be very agreable to theſe young Gentlemen  to have your Company as far as your way will lie together  on their Miſsion, and I doubt not but it will also be very  agreable to the Miſsionary whom the Board of Corriſpondents  in the Jerſies Shall Send to accompany ^them^ under the Patronage of  which ^Board^ these young men are to proceed, whoſe Patronage and  aſsiſtance I will aillegiblelso beſpeak for you. and you Shall have the  Same Reward as Shall be allowed to one of theſe.
And if you will take your Brother David with you and imploy  him as a School maſter, I will give him at the Rate of £50. lawful  Money p.r Annum all the while he is in that Service till he can make a  Settlement among them and after that as reaſon and his neceſsities ſhall  require.
I expect theſe Young Gentlemen will Set out within a month.  M.r Spencer a Comittee from that Board left me about 27.th of April  in order to meet the Synod at Philadelphia, with deſign to obtain  M.r Duffield to accompany them in case M.r Brainerd Should not  be able, who was taken Sick at New York on his way with M.r  Spencer to Hartford.
I now write in Haſt becauſe I would improve this opportunity  of Conveyance to you — pray let me know as soon a poſsible  whether you comply with this propoſal or not. and if you conclude  to go let me know what your preſent neceſsities are and what [gap: blotted_out]  will be neceſsary to [illegible] advance at preſent.
If you go it will be beſt you Should have a Recommendation  from   
the Rev.d M.r Pomeroy as well as from me, & from any other  Gentlemen of Character who are known in thoſe Provinces  as you are not unſenſible of the Reports which have gone  abroad of you
The Lord mercifully incline Your Heart to go forth to  the Help of the Lord againſt the Powers of Darkneſs, and  make your Hand Strong, & Your Spiritual Weapons mighty  to the pulling down the Strong Holds of Satan.
Accept my Love to you & Mrs Occom & your Children.   and be aſsured I am
Your cordial Friend,  and ready Servant  Eleazar Wheelock
Rev.d Sampſon Occom