Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1749 September 6


abstractWheelock writes to express his belief that Occom should take a school, provided he neither strains his eyes nor renders himself otherwise unavailable to the Honorable Commissioners.

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

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

noteworthyThis letter is on the same paper as manuscript 749507. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note on one verso that reads "— + Sol. Wms 1749." This note, which has not been transcribed, refers to the author of manuscript 749507.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

EventsOccom leaves his studies

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

Dear Child 
Yours of August 28. is Now before  me, I've heard Nothing from the Honourable  Commissioners Since I Saw you. I cant think that  they will be displeased at your Leaving  your Studies Since your reasons for  it are So Sufficient. and provided it is  not too much for your Eyes, and you  Can have a suitable reward secured to  you, and the benefit of Good conversa tion where you board, I Dont See  but it is advisable for you to take  a School and to take it for half a  year if you do it with this proviso  that if your health should be restored  you may be at Liberty to obey any  orders You Shall have from the Honourable  Commissioners etc. Dont let any of your engage ­ments interfere with that which has  been the Grand design and view of those  Gentlemen and others who have been  doing for you. I heartily Sympathize  with you in the Late awful providence  of God towards your family. I pray  GOD to Sanctify to you and all sur vivors. and Effectually convince us of the  necessity of being always Ready for  our own Turn. Mine and Brother Pomeroys  families are in usual health. accept  my Love who am   
your assured Friend etc.   Eleazar Wheelock    Lebanon September 6  AD 1749.     
Dr. Wheelocks   
To  Mr. Samson Occom  Now at Montauk  on Long Island  These