Ralph Wheelock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1763 December 30


abstractRalph writes to his father from New York City regarding meetings with donors, including the Earl of Stirling, as well as with George Whitefield, who is also trying to secure funds. He mentions that Occom is arriving from Long Island to preach.

handwritingHandwriting slants upwards, and is bold and mostly legible.

paperPaper is in good condition despite heavy creasing and some tearing near location of seal, which results in a minor loss of text.

inkStrong, dark brown-black

noteworthyAs noted by its author, the letter is written hastily and contains many variant spellings and abbreviations. In the fourth-to-last line of one recto, the meaning of the abbreviation beginning "Ob." is uncertain. It is uncertain to whom "Capt. Wheelock" refers, and so he has been left untagged.

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

  Rev. and honoured Sir// 
After a melancholy Journey  I arrived safe on Wednesday Evening with a good  State of Health. Thursday morning waited on  my Lord, the Earl of Stirling, he appeared very Kind,  and good; promised all his help and assistance engaged  to draw an Instrument, and to get subscriptions  by setting an example himself, the interest of  should be remitted, quarterly or Yearly at your  desire, to the Amount of 25 or 30 £ per annum 
at [illegible: [guess: 11.oc]] waited on Mr. Whitefield find him  full of Zeal for the Cause, has wrote to Mr.  Erskine on the Head, and says "in his Letter send  as soon as may be 200 or 300 £ for the use of  Mr. Wheelock's School or the fat is all in the  fire etc. he is very sorry you did not write  more particular on the Head, he is out of health  much crowded with company, will write by the  Post soon, longs to see you will return to  Philadelphia 10 days hence, from thence South Carolina  from thence to Boston, he gave me for my  use, (Ob.[illegible] not the school's) 10 £ NY. currency and I  find is in the town engaged. and putting in  a word at every opportunity for the School.  made public mention of it in his Prayer    * when my Lord has accomplished his design promised  Immediately to write. 
Yesterday Morning and last Evening; I believe  something considerable might be done in  Town for the School Capt. Wheelock has  wrote Mr. Noel will give you the Books as  he had them for London. will send as  soon as may be. 
I have but just hinted am in  utmost haste, the bearer is waiting   
Duty and Love you will Sir   present .   from your dutiful Son   Rodulphus Wheelock 
I have seen Mr. Occom he will  have more time next week.  Mr. Whitefield Sent for him from the Island.  he is to Preach on the morrow.  please Sir if you have opportunity by  all means write a circumstantial  Letter to Mr. Whitefield he will  tarry 10 Day or a fortnight  excuse you will see I am in great [illegible][guess: haste]   
Rodulphus Wheelock  December 30th 1763   
To  The Rev.  Mr. Eleazar Wheelock  Connecticut
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