Ebenezer Little, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 March 1


abstractLittle updates Wheelock on sundry goods, and suggests that Occom's presence in Newburyport would help the Design.

handwritingInformal handwriting is small, somewhat scrawling and frequently very difficult to decipher.

paperLarge single sheet is in good condition with light staining, creasing and wear. A tear from the seal results in a minor loss of text.

inkBrown ink varies in intensity.

noteworthyDue to the extreme difficulty of discerning Little’s hand, the transcribers have used their discretion with regard to letter case and spelling.

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

  Rev. and Dear Sir   
I received your favour of [guess: December] with [guess: sundry] copies of  Letters (return you thanks for your good wishes) which  give Great hopes that the Set time to favour  the [illegible] natives is come —  I Sent you last [guess: December] by way of Boston (Mr. Peck [guess: care])  [guess: Sundry] goods as youll [guess: see] paid invoice which our people and Mr. [guess: Lowels]  gave as we [guess: apprised] them amounting to be little better than £40  lawful I hope you'll have received them before this their  [guess: wares] put up the beginning of December but the cold hindered the  vessel sailing for a long time —  if Rev. Mr. Occom Should come with you it would  I believe Serve the cause very much the objections  Rev. Mr. Whitaker [illegible][guess: mentioned] when here against his  coming I dont think are of weight people here are  very desirous of his coming: the sight of him would do much  much more and to hear the Gospel preached by an Indian minister  I am much pleased with Peter hope when he comes to your  School you will keep him 'til he has Learned the bible it may  be of great service as then he may preach to his countrymen the pure Gospel  in their own Language —  please to give my Respects to him and tell him I [guess: desiring] his prayers  for me and mine and Gods people here: I wish he might come with  you and Mr Occom. please to tell him God has done great things  for us here last year and his Blessed Spirit is yet Striving, with a  goodly number one Soul gives [illegible][guess: abundant] evidence of being born of God last  monday evening at private meeting.—  I Conclude with my respect to you Mr. Whitaker Mr. Occom [gap: tear][guess: you and]  spouse Son and family and whole School entreat you to remember us  I wish you much very much success in your Great  undertaking rejoice to See it profit. I believe it will  more and more: when you and mr Occom and Peter comes  please to come right to my house and make it your home 
I remain Rev. Sir your friend and Humble servant  Ebenezer Little     
from Mr. Little  March 1st 1765. 
To  The Rev. Mr.  Eleazar Wheelock  In  Lebanon  [guess: Per]  [illegible] Mr. Moses Peck Boston