Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, letter, to the Honorable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1763


abstractAn apparent draft of manuscript 764410.2, which informs the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge that, per its commission, a Connecticut board of correspondents has been formed, and officers have been elected. The Connecticut board proposes that the best prospect for furthering the Society's design lies with Wheelock’s Indian charity school, and that the board's intention is to employ Occom and Ashpo.

handwritingLoose and informal handwriting appears to be that of Solomon Williams. It is frequently difficult to discern letter case. There are several deletions and additions.

paperLarge sheet is in fair condition, with moderate creasing, yellowing and wear.

inkDark brown-black ink bleeds through to opposite sides of the paper.

noteworthyText of letter is identical to that of manuscript 764410.2, and this document appears to be a draft of that letter. In the Rauner Special Collections catalogue, this letter is erroneously attributed to Benjamin Pomeroy.

signatureNo signature.

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

To The Honourable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian  Knowledge  Honoured Sirs   
We take the earliest opportunity  by direction of your board of correspondents in the  Colony of Connecticut to Inform you that upon receipt of  your commission the Gentlemen named therein met  in Lebanon July 9 and formed themselves by choosing the  Proper Officers named, to Enable them to act in  Capacity of your correspondents and give you an account of their doings and present prospects  and in the first Place to Return their warm and sincerest  Thanks for the honour you have done them in com missioning them to be Correspondents of your honourable so ciety. We join our earnest Prayers with you and shall  by Gods Grace unite our fervent Labours to Promote the  Excellent purpose your Pious hearts are set upon  the advancement of the kingdom of our blessed Redeemer  and spreading the savour of his knowledge among them  who sit in darkness and the Regions of Shadow  of Death, the most glorious object of your and our atten tion. as the doing this will Serve also the interest of  our King So there is one circumstance Peculiarly ob ligatory on us, that the success of it will be Greatly  beneficial to the Peace and happiness of our own Country  we humbly take Leave to Inform your honourable board  that the best prospect which at present lies in our vi[illegible][guess: ew]  is In the School which has been for some time under  the Care of the Rev. Mr. Wheelock. and our present prospects and purposes you  will See as follows. though we have no assurance of Peace  with the Indians but Entertain strong hopes that the  present troubles will be brought to a Speedy issue and are  persuaded that when that Event happens it Concerns us to  be as speedy as possible in exerting our utmost Endeavors  to Send the Gospel as far as may be into the bowels of the Pagan Country if possible before it is thronged with  unrighteous Dealers whose unbridled avarice threatens the  greatest 
mischief to the cause. we have voted to take the Rev.  Mr. Occom into our Service if he may be freed from a  pre-engagement to the London Commissioners which we Ex pect may be without difficulty. we have also referred  to our Committee the sending Samuel Ashpo a judicious and Pious  Indian when Providence shall open a door.  we have also the pleasure to Inform you that there are  Eight or ten Indian youth in this School of Good Moral Character  well accomplished for School masters Except their want of age  and fortitutude, we purpose to Send forth two or three of  these next Spring to Remote Tribes, in  the Capacity of schoolmasters and Expect by the blessing  of God that in the course of a year they will be  so far acquainted with the customs, and Languages of those na tions that it may be probably Expedient to ordain and purpose them as ministers among them. we Expect  Mr. Charles Jeffery Smith will Return as soon as it will  be Safe for him on a mission to the Six Nations. —  and The Union of all those in the Same plan we ap rehend will afford a more agreeable prospect than has  ever yet appeared of this kind. but these Things  we have determined upon without a Shilling in  Stock, Relying only on him whose the Earth is and the  fullness thereof to Support the Same, who has hither  to appeared to own the Design and increase it from Small  beginnings nor has suffered those who have trusted in him  to be ashamed of their Confidence. — and   considering the Great evidence of the Piety, and generosity of  your honourable Society we doubt not that when the Impor tance of this affair shall be maturely considered by you  you will agreeably to the Other expression of your  Pious Zeal do all that your wisdom and Power Ena bles you to do to Render as Capable to Execute these  Great and Good Designs. as the Expected openings will  probably Induce missionaries, and schoolmasters to visit   Remoter Tribes than any of our missionaries have  hitherto reached and these missionaries mostly Indians we conceive  will give them more convincing proof of the  sincerity of our Intentions, and Incline them to Send their  promising youth when Invited to Receive an Education  with us, so we hope the Honourable Society will think  this school which subsists on no other Fund but the Care  and bounty of divine Providence to be an object worthy  of their Kind notice and Encourgment —