Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1766 April 9


abstractWheelock writes to Occom about his family’s unmet needs — perhaps because of the influence of the “Antimason Party” — which he supplied on his own account. He cautions Occom not to be involved in the Mason land case, and gives him advice about his son Aaron’s bad behavior.

handwritingHandwriting is slanted and appears to be somewhat rushed, but is mostly legible. Letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded into four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear. The watermark is prominent.


noteworthyThe phrase “Father Fowler” is underlined in pencil, as if by an editor or researcher.

EventsMason Land Case, Occom’s inoculation, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain

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

My dear Son Occom 
I hope these will find you well recovered of the  Small Pox— and that I may give you pleasure in inform­ ­ing you that your Family are all well—
Mrs. Whitaker wrote me in your wife's name a few weeks  ago that her circumstances were needy — Capt Shaw for some  reason, to me unknown showed a backwardness to supply  her — I guess it is through the Influence of the anti-Mason  Party — I immediately the Same Day wrote an order to  Mr. Breed to Supply her on my account with everything —  a few Days after, your Father Fowler was with me two  nights by whom I Sent, as much grain for her present relief  as your old mare could Carry. and doubt not but She is, and will be,  well Supplied.
I hope God has made you more humble than you  have commonly been — and if So he will exalt and lift  you up — a pill or two in Boston I thought was a very  Good preparative, I was glad to hear of that as well as  the approbation kindness, and go[illegible][guess: o]d liking of your Friends  there
Mrs. Sarah Rogers and her sister have wrote my Daughter  to inform them of Mrs. Occom's necessities that they may Sup­ ­ply them — my Daughter is glad of the Office and will take pain  about it— your Father told me that Aaron is not a good  Boy runs abroad and not So obedient to his Mother as he  Should be I advised to put him out to a good master, and  supply her Some other way
I hope you will keep quite clear of the Mason Affair, or  you will bring an old house about my Ears. You know   they 
they have nobody in that case to blame or contend with  but myself— They all know that the Commissioners refused to  recommend you, or Send you; only on that Account — their  not Sending you has been no discouragement at all to me—  I have looked upon it as a design in Providence to Secure the  Glory more Effectually to God alone who performeth all  things for us —
You will See what I write Mrs. Whitaker— and excuse my  not being more particular in this — you may depend upon  it that nothing Shall be wanting for your Family within my  Power. Accept Love in Abundance from
My dear Sir   Yours most heartily,  Eleazar Wheelock  Rev. Mr. Occom
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To Mr. Occom  April 9th 1766.