George Whitefield, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 9


abstractWhitefield strongly urges Wheelock to detail the school's accounts and send them to the Trust. He also notes his disapproval of the arrangement with Mr. Eells, and discusses other Charity School business.

handwritingHandwriting is heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is preservation work on particularly heavy creases.


noteworthyOn one recto, in the second sentence, "Ebenzer" is a reference to 1 Samuel 7:12. There are three trailers, each in a different hand.

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 My Dear Friend 
With all humility and  gratitude of heart let us set up our Ebenezer—  Hitherto assuredly the Lord hath helped— The trust  is settled— Be pleased to send an immediate let‐ ter of thanks with Your full approbation of  what hath been done and an earnest desire that they  would continue to act according to their present  most agreeably concerted plan— But how came  You to draw for so many hundreds this last  Year? And why no account of the disbursements.  This must be annually and punctually remitted—  I hope no money is lodged in Traders hands 
If so, it must be drawn out expended and accounted for  before any more will be transmitted— All letters must now  be sent to Mr. Robert Keen Woollen Draper in the Mino‐ ries— He is so kind as to act as Secretary and Deputy Trea‐ surer at least for One Year— Surely never was there a more  unexceptionable disinterested set of Trustees in the  world— All may well join in saying, What hath God  wrought! I want to know who hath wrote either  against Mr. Whitaker or Occom— I hope they have not  wrote against each other— The former is unpolished and  forward— But as He hath had and will have a set of  Good counselors He will go through very well— He is  somewhat improved since His arrival— He is certainly  very indefatigable— But I think the scheme concerted  with Mr. Eells etc. very iniquitous and exceedingly imprudent—  Occom still attracts the approbation of all— He really  behaves well— Only I wish His continuance in England  may not spoil him for the wilderness— Kirkland shines 
there and deserves peculiar notice— Is He or Mr. Whitaker to  be the successor nominated in Your Will?— Or would You  refer the Nomination to the Trust and only mention One  to act 'til approved of by them? I believe You will  find Pious Youths without a great Parade of classical  and College learning the best missionaries— God direct  about the situation of the School!— I am all for  Connecticut— There this Institution hath been most  encouraged— There it took its rise— There it will be most  visible— There most secure— But if such sums are drawn  for Annually as have been drawn for this last Year after the Land Buildings etc. are paid for  where will be a remaining Fund? In a day or two, God  willing, I shall see General Lyman, and then shall confer  with all concerned more particularly about it— Write me  Your private sentiments and I will take care to improve them—  Excuse great haste— I Having scarce time to subscribe myself  my Dear Friend
Yours etc. in the name of Jesus  of Nazareth  George Whitefield 
Rev. George Whitefield,  February 9, 1767.  From The Rev. Mr. George Whitefield  February 9th 1767  Boston May 5th 1767 received  and forwarded per favour your Most Humble servant  Jonathan Mason
For  the Rev.  Mr.  Eleazar Wheelock  In  Lebanon    To  The Rev. Mr. Wheelock