Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1764 September 3


abstractWheelock writes to DeBerdt about the petition to the King for a land grant, an offer by the Hebron Society of 1,000 pounds, and Occom's prospective mission.

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Mr. De Berdt    My dear and Honoured Friend   
Though I seldom of late receive a Line from you,  yet I understand by Dr. Gifford you are not unmindful of  nor inactive in My Affair; and I have been willing to admit as  excuse for your writing no oftener, your great crowd of busi ness. however as the fixing the Place and Building for this  School which is now become so needful. is suspended 'til we hear the success of my Suit for a  Grant of Lands for it, etc. which I have committed to your Care  and Conduct, I should be very Glad to hear if there be any  prospect of success therein. My Hope is only in God, in Whose  Hand is the Heart of the King and all about him. And the  Signal Appearances of Gods Hand all along in Favour of the design encou ‐rages me to Hope, his Mercy Still, that he has  yet further and Greater Favours in Store for it.
The First Society in Hebron about 6 miles from hence Where Mr. Pomeroy is Minister offer  me £1000 lawful Money. (that is   Sterling) for the use of this School, to be in part paid im ‐mediately in Building if I will consent to fix it  there. and a Gentleman from Windham about 9 miles from hence   told me a few Days ago he Thought it likely (though no trial has yet been made) that they would give  Two thousand, to have it there,
Pursuant to the Orders of our new formed Board of Correspondants  Mr. Occom (being discharged from the Service of the London Commissioners in Boston) Sat out with David Fowler the Senior Indian in this  School on their Long Journey to meet General Johnson, if it may  be before the Parties from Remote Tribes of Indians, who have  joined him, Shall be dispersed in Order to preach Christ to them  and make Proposals to them of Receiving schoolmasters and missionaries  among their respective Tribes; The opportunity appeared so favou‐ rable, and the Importance of our being Speedy therein So great that we  ventured to Send them without Money to Support their mission. and for  a Supply have directed them to wait upon Mr. Whitefield who is now at  New York, on their way— and if his necessities for his Orphan House,  (for which a Sum is required far exceeding his Expectations) dont forbid it  we hope they may be supplied through his Influence. and in Case that fails, I have ordered  Mr. Occom to hire it upon my Credit. I hope the issue will be such as  may justify our Conduct, and if not, that the greater Importance of our being  beforehand of the bad people whom we expect will crowd into that coun‐ try as Soon as the War is over, only to Service themselves, will be rightly considered and be esteemed Sufficient to Secure us from  much Blame. I have also directed him with the Advice and assistance of General Johnson— to procure 15. or 20. likely Youth  from Tribes as remote as  may be for this School,— the Boys I have with me in general  behave exceedingly well. We hope to be able to if a Support for  them may be had, to furnish out two or three missionaries of the right Sort  and as many schoolmasters next Spring.
Please to point out my mistakes to me, and correct me as much as you  please. pray for me and believe that I am.   Your very Affectionate Brother   Much obliged   and very humble servant  Eleazar Wheelock
Letter to Mr. De Berdt  September 1764.