Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1761 May 4


abstractWheelock writes that he is seeking an incorporation, and that Occom has preached in Wheelock’s pulpit prior to leaving for his mission to the Oneidas.

handwritingHandwriting is relatively clear, with some deletions and additions.

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noteworthyGiven the number of additions and deletions, the lack of an address, and the abbreviated signature, this document is likely a copy or draft.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

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  My Honoured and Dear Sir   
Yours of May 17. And August 29. 1760.  both came to Hand Since I came to this Town. I have such  a crowd of business that I cant now attend to write you  particularly but will do it as soon as I can get leisure.  in general My School flourishes and our prospects still  greater and greater. I am going to discourse his Excellency  the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of this Province on the Affair,  of an Incorporation. We have thought it of Importance  that we should be capable of the Tenure and disposal of Lands  etc. but perhaps we Shall find no need of any Hand but in  him whose is the fullness of the Earth, and who gives and dis poses of it as he will. we have joyful Symptoms in  Several Places in Connecticut that another glorious day  of Gods Power and Special Grace is at the Door. —   The hopes and Expectations of many among us are much raised  that we shall Soon See greater Trophies of the Redeemers   victories in North America than there have been of his  Majesty's late glorious conquests [guess: to] the Northward  The door is now set wide open for the design. Nothing  is now wanting but missionaries Interpreters and Money.  their Youth must come to us or ours go to them  to be fitted for that Purpose. and it cant be without  expense. My black Son Mr.  Occom preached in My Pulpit [illegible][guess: 5]. Sabbaths ago to a full  assembly. and to good acceptance. a rare Sight and  Such an one as was never seen in Connecticut before  he is going on a mission to the Oneidas. Supported by a Number of  gentlemen in New York Government – I purpose to send one of my  scholars with him in order to accompany some  well chosen youth from remote tribes to this school.   dear Sir do write as often as you can Your Letters have  done much good. Your Name is known and is dear to  many here. when I see Mr. Peters I will   Inform him as to the 5. guineas etc. Our purchases on  Delaware and Susquehanna have chosen Colonel  Dyar their agent who is to embark for Europe as soon as  received and recovered of the Small pox by inoculation and has made himself   ready — I am in utmost haste. 
Yours Most Affectionately  In Our Common Lord  EW.   
Letter to Mr. DeBerdt  May 1761