David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 June 30


abstractMcClure writes that he has asked Occom to join the mission, but that Occom states he is in ill health, has too many debts, and that he has been neglected since his return from Great Britain. McClure urges Wheelock to be generous with Occom.

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  Rev.d and Honor'd Sir/ 
Thro' divine Goodneſs M.r Frisbie  and I had a comfortable journey to this place, where  we arrived last Evening & found M.r Occom & famely  in usual health; we immediately laid open the  busineſs on which we came — It was all new to  M.r Occom — neither of your Letters, Sir, have  reached him, they have some where unfortunately  stopt. The Doctor's Letters to him by us con= tain'd the first intimation he has had re= specting this Miſsion. After conversing on the  Opnings & encouragments of our intended Miſ= sion to the Southward, he manifested a desire  & willingneſs to join us, but urged his bodily  infirmities & involvements ^*^ against undertaking  it immediately — And indeed he has had so  short notice of it that it would be difficult if not im= practicable for him to set out with us.
I have all along thought till now that he  ^[left]* he owes he says ₤50 or^  ^[left]₤60 —^ 
had a pension of ₤30 Sterl.gr An: from Esq.r Thornton  But he says he has had no pension or allowance from  him, or any other quarter since he came from England,  except two private donations from thence ^amount.g to ₤60 —^. That before he  went to England he was under the pay of the Boston board  & since his return has been rejected by them & by  the School two. And considering what Indian Genius &  temper are, has there not, Sir, been too much occasion for  him to complain of neglect? he has had to encounter  many & great difficulties since his return & would it  not, Sir, been good policy if no more & will ^it^ not now be  good policy, to make him some small allowance & let  him enjoy in some measure the benefit of the monies he  was instrumental in obtaining for the use & benefit of  the design? So that he might be cut off from any oc= sion to repeat what [illegible]he says M.r Whitefield told him  when he left England; "that they had made ^him^ a tool to  collect monies for them in England, but when he got to  America they would set him adrift." His Character, as  far as I can learn in these parts is now good, & the Crimes  of intemperance with which he has been charged, are  very much extenuated by the temptations he was under.  He appears calm & rational, more so than I expected to have  found him, respecting the Indian design. I am more &  more perswaded of the expediency & advantage of his un= dertaking a Miſsion & ardently hope that God in his 
providence will so order & direct that he may  join us in the miſsion before us. It would very  much ^strengthen^ our hands & encourage us.
In the freedom of Conversation with him  he said, many fair promises had been made him  but he found they would never fill his belly or  cover his back, & that as soon as he could see  a prospect & know for certain that [illegible]he could be  in a way to discharge his Debts & support his  family he would under his infirmity, go.  In the Doctor's behalf, [illegible]made an offer of ₤100  Sterl.g Annually & to giave an order on Cap.t Backus  for ₤50 LM.y of it to be p.d now & the remainder  at the close of the Year, if he would undertake  he seem'd to think it would not be sufficient to bear  his expences & maintain his numerous famely. I told  him should he undertake, I would engage the Doctor's  influence with Esq.r Thornton & had not the least  doubt but his debts would by that Gentleman be  generously discharged. He intimates a design of  visiting the Doctor, which hope he will. I have  wrote Rev.d Sir, with freedom & [illegible]which I have no  apprehension of your blaming me for. M.r Frisbie  has had several poor turns since we set out  he joins in [illegible]Duty & Affection to the Doctor  & famely, with Rev.d & Honor'd Patron   
Your dutiful & obliged   humble Servant   David Maccluer 
^[bottom]Rev.d D.r Wheelock^ 
[left]P.S. I wrote the D.r ⅌.[illegible] M.rs Payne about 6 Days past —  As M.r Occom intends to write the D.r in the proposd Miſsion we must refer to  his Letter to know his mind more fully respecting it —  — have inclos'd a number of the latest papers from different parts.
from Rev.d M.r Maccluer   June 30. 1772 
To  The Rev:d Eleazar Wheelock D.D.   President   of Dartmouth College   New=Hampshire