Dennys DeBerdt, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1761 October 20


abstractDeBerdt writes regarding, among other things, money raised for Occom, preparations for war, and the health of Whitefield.

handwritingHandwriting is informal, loose and occasionally difficult to decipher.

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


EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

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Rev. and Dear Sir 
I wrote to you by C[illegible] both of the Societys  agreeing to allow Mr. Occom £20 Sterling [illegible]  During his mission to Oneidas and acquainted  the Rev. Mr. Bostwick of New York thereof also  and hope it is a Token for good that the great  sun of righteousness is about to shine Bright  and extend his Healing Wings far Back on your  Western Hemisphere—
The olive Branch of Peace is now entirely withered  and nothing to be heard in City and Country but  beating [illegible] for Recruits as if the War was but  Just beginning, I hope the Conduct of the French  will be rewarded as Pharaoh's resoluteness in  oppressing Israel was, until all his chariots and  his Horsemen [illegible][guess: are] drawn into and Drowned in  the Sea—
I have heard nothing since from Mr. Hollis [illegible][guess: I should]  be glad in any shape to serve good Mr. Edward  whose case is very hard.
Good Dear Mr. Whitefield is not yet able to  Preach, he Eats Drinks and Sleeps, but cannot get  up his Spirits even his own Inability to preach  affects him—
I thank you for Recommending Mr. Peck, his  orders shall be regarded with no Peculiar attenti= =on as a Friend of yours—
Good Mr. Smith is safe arrived here and seems  in good Health and Spirits—
Dear Sir Yours in our common Lord  Dennys DeBerdt
To Mr. Eleazar Wheelock  at —  Lebenon  Conecticut  Mr. Dennys Deberdt'.s [gap: tear][guess: Letter]  October 10. 1761.  Mr. Occoms £ 20. sterling