Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Sir William Johnson, 1767 April 23


abstractWheelock discusses hostilities among the Naragansett tribe and asks for Johnson's assistance. He also discusses a possible location to build a school.

handwritingRelatively clear and formal for Wheelock. Trailer is in a different hand. "Kirtland” is added beneath the trailer in yet another hand, possibly that of Solomon Williams.

paperGood condition, with minimal wear.

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

Tobias Shattock of the Naragansett  Tribe of Indians, now a member of my School  desires me to inform your Excellency — That a  number of his Tribe, and Such as are of the worst  characters in it being instigated by their Sachem  continue to injure and abuse the religious  and Steady part of that Tribe greatly — They  have forcibly taken away the possessions of  many of their neighbours, and taken possession  of their Labours, and Seem designed to ruin  the Tribe as fast as they can — the Indians  there are in Such Difficulty that they know not  which way to turn — Their Eyes are to your  Excellency, under God, to relieve them — Those  English people who have bought Land of their  Sachem are using every artifice to improve them  — they try to entice the Indians to refer their con troversies to them for decision: and he fears that,  by delays they will Suffer greatly in their Interest  This Toby appears to be a very honest, Steady,  prudent man perhaps as much so as any of that  Tribe, he is one of their Council, and I Suppose  has more Influence among them than any Other  of   
of them — When your Excellency Shall do me the  Favour which I requested in my last; if you  would please to give Some Council and Direction  in their Case you would greatly oblige them.
I have done nothing towards providing missi onaries and schoolmasters to Supply the vacancies  in your vicinity, nor Shall I do anything  about it, till I know your mind —
I herewith enclose a Narrative, which please  to accept and Mr. Kirkland can give you account  of late advices from Home respecting this  design, which are too long to write — And  also what measures have been taken to determine  the Place to fix this School. —
It is Strongly Recommended from Philadelphia  to fix it on the Ohio about 30 or 40 miles  below Pittsburgh — what does your Excellency think  of that place? I am with much esteem  and respect,
Your Excellency's  most obedient and most  Humble Servant Eleazar Wheelock 
Sir William Johnson.  To Gen. Johnson April 23rd  1767  Kirkland