Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1764 August 25


abstractWheelock writes to Occom enclosing the commission from Scotland for his mission to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and advises him to find a donor to supply him with money.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible, yet letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.

paperSingle sheet is in fair condition with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. Some disintegration has resulted in a minor loss of text. Repair work has been done.


noteworthyAddress is written in a different hand. At the top of one verso, above the address, is written in a third, likely 19th-century hand: “wheelock 1764” and “EW” is written in lighter ink at the bottom. Manuscript 764475.3 is a copy of this letter.

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

Mr. Occom   Sir. 
Your Time is So short, and your business so crowd­ ­ing, that I can't desire Such an addition to your Burden, as your  coming hither again would be: I therefore take this way to write  to you what I would Say more fully if you were here.
and in the first place, I suspect you will miss of seeing Mr. Kirtland  on his Return from Mr. Whitefield. and also of Seeing Mr. Whitefield,  who I hear preached Some weeks ago at Philadelphia, and conse quently you will miss of receiving any supplies which he may have  got for your Journey, and if So, I advise you to represent the  case to Some able Friends at New York, and if you can get  Supply no other way, hire the money of Some good Friend 'til  you return.
I herewith Send you a Copy of our commission from Scotland, in order  that you may show it, if you Shall have occasion, to Gen. Gage, Gen.  Johnson, or others.
I would have you Obtain 15. or 20. youth, if you can procure those  which are likely, of remote Tribes of Indians. and if you hear that which  is encouraging of good Peter at Onaquaga, and those two Boys there  who were offered to the Commissioners at Boston, Let them be of the number.
There was also an English lad with the Mohawks to learn their  Tongue, before this war, who I hear is very likely; if you can Obtain  Such an one, do it. I shall leave the Proportion of Girls, to you, and Gen. Johnson,  whose advice I would have you take in every thing, when it may be had.
and desire, you let all the Children, whom you bring, know that they dont  come here to be without Government, nor to live a lazy, Sordid Life. but  to be fitted for business, and usefulness in the world. and I am not afraid  that you Should boast of my Mohawk Boys' Proficiency in very strong Terms.
and dont fail to write to me of your progress, success, and any occurrence that  may be entertaining, by every Opportunity, as you know Friends at Home will be  glad to hear.
Send me an account of what Labour you have or Shall hire upon my Credit  at Mohegan. and what you desire me to do for your Family while you are gone.
and may the God of all Grace be with you, and David in all the way  whither you go, and inspire you with wisdom, Prudence, Zeal, Courage,  and holy fortitude, and honour you to be the instrument to Spread the  Savour of his Name, and the Knowledge of the great Salvation,  far among the Pagans.
Remember me respectfully to Friends in y[gap: tear][guess: ou]r way, especially  at N. York.— which with Love etc. is the n[gap: tear][guess: ee]dful from
Yours Affectionately  Eleazar Wheelock. 
August 27th  P.S. Mr. Kirtland returned  last Evening, has got no money.  Mr. Whitefield is at New York. talks of  going to Albany this week. if he can  he will Serve you if he cant, acquaint Mr.  Whitaker— do the best you can— 
Rev. Mr. Occom. 
 To  The Rev. Mr. Samson Occom   at   Mohegan