Robert Keen, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 August 20


abstractKeen writes a lengthy letter to Wheelock about the progress of the fundraising tour in England, and the management of the funds collected.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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  Rev. and dear sir 
I have the Happiness to acquaint you  Providence appears Remarkably to smile here on your  Indian School affairs — there is already subscribed and Collected  Three Thousand Pounds Sterling— There is no doubt but the  Lord put it into your Heart at first, and has wonderfully Sup‐  -ported you and those Disinterested Creatures, such as Mr. Kirtland,  Fowler, Occom etc. etc. who have truly gone with their Lives in  their hands and have as miraculously been preserved. as your  Letters now before me of April 5th-29th and June 24th and Sundry former Ones  and many others dear Mr. Whitefield when in America transmitted to  me abundantly show — from all which, together with the Lords  Opening the Hearts of his people to Subscribe so liberally; looks  as if the time was come, when the Lord will work a great Work  on the Earth; and literally fulfill his promises, and give his Son the  Heathen for his Inheritance and the uttermost parts of the Earth for  his possession — I hope your Life will be preserved to see much  of this accomplished; and have the pleasing Hopes of a  Foundation being laid, for its entire Accomplishment, when  you are dead and Gone. — — As Mr. Whitaker needed  Assistance, we judged it best, to have a weekly meeting of such  persons, who seemed quite hearty in the Cause. and Accordingly,  The Rev. Messrs. Whitefield, Brewer, Hitchins, Dr. Gibbons,  Dr. Gifford, and Dr. Stennett; together with Mr. Smith of Boston,  Charles Hardy Esq., Mr. Samuel Savage and myself; have met some,  or all of us, every Tuesday; and purpose so to do, when Messrs.  Whitaker and Occom are in the Countries round about, to send them  any advice and Letters of Recommendation to the leading men in  the places they are next to go to; and every other needful step proper  to be taken — and we all do agree, that Mr. Whitaker acts quite to  our satisfaction; listens to advice, and takes it when given — is most  Indefatigable in every instance relating to the affairs he is come about.  is greatly beloved, and no One could have done better, unless dear 
Mr. Wheelock had come over himself — He is quite cut out for the work,  and in our Opinion, has been neither too speedy nor too slow; but has  acted prudently and Wisely, and has succeeded Accordingly — and we  likewise think it would be Marring the Work to recall him, or send any other  in his Room, but let him go through with it, if please God spare his  Life, nor would we advise the least hint to be dropped to him of that nature  to discourage him, but on the contrary everything that is encouraging;  as we really think he ought to have the Approbation of all —  I've assisted him in his accounts from the beginning, as well for Your sake,  his sake, and the public's — I was thinking in this letter to have sent  you a list of those that have subscribed largely, but that I may do in a  Future one if requested — the Money Collected is Chiefly lodged in Bankers  hands; except the running Cash, which is chiefly in Mr. Savages and mine; with  which I pay all the Bills drawn by You, and Accordingly I've paid a Bill  of Exchange of £100 Sterling dated November 28th 1765 drawn by Nathaniel Eells of  Boston to Mr. John Timmins or Order — — One of £52..13s..9p payable to  Moses Peck or order dated at Boston May 28th — — One of £50 Sterling payable  to Asahel Clark Jr. or order dated at Boston May 29th — One of £120 sterling  payable to Gershom Breed or Order dated June — just paid — the Three last is  drawn by yourself which is the most satisfactory of all — likewise let  Mr. Smith of Boston (who I believe is one of the worthiest men in the world and  his being here a most Singular blessing to this affair) have £30 and £25 to be  by him in Bills and remitted to and for the use of Mr. Occom and Whitaker family etc. 
If these are all right, and any more is drawn, or you can Communicate  in what Channel you would like to have the Money subscribed run in — whether a  Large Sum for Building a School at once or draw annually for certain sums  or Occasionally as you choose, or whether ever any Bills may be paid that  is not of your drawing (though we like to see your name best) in Short,  whatever you find Freedom to write, we shall read in our weekly meeting,  and endeavour to make the best use of it, to promote the design, both  among ourselves and others, that seem able and willing so to do. — we do  not attempt to prescribe to you, but would contribute all we can to strengthen  your hands and enlarge your design — and being continually called upon to give  answers, some of One sort and some of another; having engaged ourselves fully in it,  should be glad to be furnished with everything necessary to be known — 
Dear Mr. Whitefield is as much owned and blessed here as ever, Large, Crowded  and Serious Congregations every time he preaches. and though he has been frequently  Brought low as to his Bodily strength, yet he has always been enabled to preach 
at least twice in a week; Visit at Tottenham Court Chapel on a Lords day Morning  at 10 o'Clock and at the Tabernacle near Moorfields on a Wednesday Evening; 
Thousands will bless God to Eternity they ever heard him —  I swelled this letter grea[gap: tear][guess: tly bey]ond my Intention — especially as I'm a  stranger to You— but b[gap: tear][guess: elieve you']ll excuse and believe it to proceed from a  Real desire to promote [gap: tear][guess: the] Redeemers Kingdom, and to Cultivate a  lasting Friendship and Correspondence with dear Mr. Wheelock. 
I am dear sir Sincerely yours  in the Best of Bonds  Robert Keen 
P. S. all the above-mentioned Friends  join in hearty Love — — please to direct for  me. Woollen draper in the MinoriesLondon  Messrs. Whitaker and Occom are at Bristol — I heard  from them yesterday are both well and well employed — I believe they  will go from thence to Bath, Exeter, Plymouth etc. and so finish their tour in the west 
P. S. There was a Bond on Edward Lollard for £100 and upwards sent with a power of attorney  to Mr. Samuel Broome to receive the Money and pay it into your hands — the person hopes  Mr. Broome will not let him shuffle but Oblige him to pay it— 
From Mr. Robert Keen  August 20. 1766.   
To  The Rev. Mr. Eleazar Wheelock   at Lebanon in   Connecticut