Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Robert Keen, 1767 October 16


abstractWheelock says he is drawing money from the Trust in England, and urges Keen to relay its reaction to Wheelock's accounts. He writes about Brainerd's mission to Muskingum, Kirkland's mission to the Oneidas, Phineas Dodge and Joseph Johnson's schools in Oneida, and an "extraordinary and preternatural" occurrence, which he does not disclose.

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Dear Mr. Keen.   
Not a line from you since yours of March 23rd and you  may guess whether I' not almost Impatient to know  whether those noble and worthy Gentlemen of the Trust  are well satisfied with the accounts etc. which I have transmit ‐ted — 
I hoped to have heard from you before I should be necessi‐ tated to draw any more Bills, but by the enclosed you  will See Such openings in Providence as must be em‐ braced, whatever encroachments are made upon the  Capital— And I have accordingly signed a Bill in Favour  of Messrs. Daniel and Joshua Lathrop for £140 Sterling. which  I have received, and pray you to Honour. And expect to  Sign another in Favour of Mr. Asahel Clark, as Soon as  my accounts with him can be Settled. 
A few Days ago I received a Letter from Mr. Brainerd  advising that he is preparing for his proposed Mission  to the Ohio (ie to Muskingum) early next spring  but cant get supplies either for the Support of a Compan ‐ion or schoolmaster — but depends upon me to do  it or the Mission must drop. I am of opinion it  must be pursued — The Rev. Mr. Buell told me  last week, that Mr. Beaty told him, that there were  not less than 40 under deep, and So far as he could  See genuine convictions when he and Mr. Duffield  left them last year. 
I gave you a Hint of Something extraordinary  and preternatural, preparatory to the Introduction  of those Gentlemen — and I would have Served you  with a particular and Circumstantial account of it before  now had not the Letter failed in which it was. I expect  it Soon, and will Serve you with it as Soon as I can,  unless the Report that Mr. Beaty is gave to England be   confirmed 
confirmed by whom you may have the original 
I have been hoping every Day according to the  Encouragment heretofore given, to receive a supply  of clothing for my School and Missionaries, from  Home — I much regret the Extraordinary expense  of clothing them at our Merchants Shops. 
I informed you in a late letter of Mr. Kirtlands  design to make Application to our General Assembly  for assistance in Setting up Husbandry among  his Indians — but the present favourable Appear‐ ‐ances among his people have determined him not  to leave them till next Spring. 
Two Days ago Mr. Dodge and Joseph Johnson  set off in order to take the Schools at the two  Towers in Oneida. 
Give my best Regards to dear Mr. Smith if  he be yet with you — please to let him and Mr.  Whitefield See the enclosed. 
And if Mr. Whitefield be from home, I give  you leave to open mine to him, but with  Such Caution in the use of what I write as  the nature of the Case requires, and your Prudence  Shall dictate.— 
We have a Rumour that Mr. Whitaker and Mr.  Occom are in Ireland. if they be with you  let them receive all as though wrote to them  their families are well. 
My honoured and dear sir, pray for 
   Yours in the glorious Im̅anuel   Eleazar Wheelock 
Letter to Mr. Robert Keen  October 16th 1767