Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 December 18


abstractWhitaker details the reasons for Occom's and his delay in sailing, and notes that Andrew Oliver was compelled to give up his position as Stamp Master.

handwritingWhitaker's hand is formal and clear. It is occasionally difficult to differentiate between the letters “e” and “i” — in these instances the transcriber has used the correct spelling.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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  My Rev. and Dear Brother 
You will doubtless wonder at the Date  of this Letter when you find I am Still in Boston  But he that rules all things hath So ordered it. I have  been assured by Capt. and owner too that next week,  and next week the Ship Should Sail but one thing and a­ nother has prevented, and chiefly, I believe, because the  custom house was not open for clearances, which yesterday  was opened, but not on Stamps
We have had a pleasant and odd farce here yesterday  Night before last, notes were Set up about town requiring  Mr. Oliver to appear at the tree of Liberty in order public ly to renounce his commission of Stamp Master, which he  had received Since the former mob; on this the Secretary  Sent to the magistrates and principle merchants to wait on  him and protect him from insult; accordingly they went  yesterday in the rain to a certain house, where Governor  MacIntosh appointed, and there Mr. Oliver renounced  his commission before the magistrates and merchants to their  satisfaction, judging that his honour was Sufficient to  satisfy the world that he would not act — where on the writ­ ing in which he renounced his commission was Sent into  another room to be approved by Gov. MacIntosh; and he Saw  fit to declare it would not do unless he would walk to the  tree of liberty and swear to it under said tree before the people.  and his Sovereign Mandate was immediate obeyed, and the Se­ cretary, magistrates and merchants walked in the Storm of  rain near half a mile in obedience to his Excellency's  command — So things Seem to be quiet — Capt. Scot came  in 7 weeks from London last sabbath brings no letters from Mr. Smith  who wrote and sent by Capt. Bruce a few days before. He  tells me that it Seems to be the general talk of gentle men at home, that it will never do to put the Stamp act  From Mr. Whitaker December 18. 1765  Boston.
into execution — If the weather favours we Shall Sail to morrow or Saturday — One Mr. John Williams of this town goes  with us. He is going home to Seek the Superintendency of In­ dian affairs in Canada, and tis likely he will obtain it; and if he  does he Says he will give 5 or 600 per. annum to your design  He is a lover of good things and a generous gentleman, I wish we  may help him in this affair — I can't but think he may be a  great blessing — his wife is a pious woman; and I hope he  is not void of religion —
What the design of providence is in detaining us here I  can't tell, but I believe and trust that all is for the best —  Mr. Occom is well, and I am hitherto much pleased with his conduct  he behaves with great modesty and caution — he is not in­ vited to preach by any minister in town except Mr. Morehead  but he does not resent it — I have preached 5. or 6 evenings  every week, or thereabouts, Since I have been here, and never  Saw people more attentive and ready to crowd together, except  in times of awakening — I have not preached in public on a  week day except the Thursday lecture last week —
I hope you will endeavour to bear me on your heart  every day — The Eyes of all the continent almost are on me;  and if I should miscarry, what a wound would it give to religion  and to the cause I am on — o pray for me every day — and  for my family and people — Mr. Peck and wife Send love to  their Son and to you all, and Mr. Occom too — and how much, I  can't tell you, is Sent you all from
your brother in the best bonds   Nathaniel Whitaker
N.B. Yesterday Mr. Peck received from  Mr. Little 17 Pair of Shoes and a bun­ dle of Striped cloth etc. in a bag  which he will Send to Mrs. Whitaker the first opportunity  they were given last Spring by that people for your  School —  Mr. Wheelock