Nathaniel Backus, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 October 9

ms-number772559.1

doi
10.1349/ddlp.1052

abstractBackus writes regarding business matters, and notes that he has heard that Occom wishes to go on a mission for Wheelock in the Spring.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge single sheet has been heavily reinforced, which makes condition difficult to gauge; the paper appears to be in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBrown-black ink is dimmed slightly by the reinforcement.

noteworthyAn unknown hand, likely 19th-century, has added the note “Occom 2c--” beneath the trailer on one verso; this note has not been included in the transcription.

To the Rev,,d Doc,,tr Eleazar Wheelock,
Sir I received y,,r Fav,,r by M,,r Foster, dated 20..th July last, am much Obliged to you for all favours past; and now desire this Fav,,r that you send me a Bill of Exch,,a for three Hundred Sterling by the 15,,th or 20,,th Nov,,r next, as I am Obliged to make some Remittance about that time, I shall want Six Months Cre‐‐dit for the Cashpart, as I have made good pay for the last Bill, hope you will send me this, but in case you should not think best to send the Bill, pleaſe to advise me as soon as poſsible, that I may look out some Other way. — I am well Convinced that your affairs stand much in your Fav..r at Home at this time, any Services that lies in my power to render to you, or the School, you may Command, —M,,r Occu[illegible]^m^ has a mind to go in your service in the Spring by what I can Learn; and thinks that he can be of service to help you to Indian Boys for the School, he has behaved well this Summer past, but you know him better than I do, — M ,,r Solomon Safford seems to have a desire to Engage in your Farming Buiſneſs, there has been some talk by Cap,,t Knight, & M,,r Woodward, with him a few days past, Co,,ll Hezekiah Hunting‐‐ton told me that he was sorry to Lose so good a Member of Society, but that you could not get a better Man than he was, to be with you, as he Understands Farming well, and a Sober well minded Man, & a Man of good sen[illegible][guess: c]se, — but you will conduct that Matter as you think best; I trust that M..r Woodward has deliver'd the Bills sent M..r Occum, before this time, and given you an Acc,,t Why he did not Receive them — and of a paſsage in one of my Letters, from one of the best Houſe's in London
Conclude with [illegible]Esteem very Respectfully Sir Y..r Most Hum..le Serv..t Nath,,ll Backus Jun..r
From Cap.t Backus  Oct.r 9th 1772.
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