Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1769 March 9


abstractWheelock writes that he has heard rumours about Occom being drunk. He reports that Hezekiah Calvin is in prison for forging a pass for a Negro, and that Joseph Johnson has not been heard from.

handwritingInformal handwriting is small and somewhat crowded, yet mostly clear and legible. The trailer appears to be in Occom's hand.

paperSmall single sheet appears to have been torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyAn editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note to the trailer on one verso. This note, which has not been included in the transcription, obscures a portion of the original text.

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

My dear sir. 
There is an ugly report bruited of You in  Windham [gap: stain][guess: by] Mr. Prosper Wetmore of Chelsea. [illegible]  it is Said to come from him viz. that You was  overtaken with excessive Drinking at Chelsea near  the Time You was here — and that You had been Several  Times disguised by it — I gave no credit to it and told all  I heard discourse about it, that I believed there was  no truth in it. If it be fact indeed, it is Sad indeed, and  a greater wound to Christ and his cause than Your former  Error —
I want much to See You to converse relative to your  designed Tour into the wilderness this Spring — for many  reasons I think it will be best You should go as Soon as the  ways and season will permit — And it would be best you  Should be there while Messrs. Johnson and Kirtland are  at Home that you might Supply the Oneidas in part  while they are from them — John Matthews gives Some  Grounds to hope he has met with a Saving Change. I hope  that he and Abraham will be useful men — there are  near 40 who have got a hope Since this late season of  Gods Special Favour towards us began. —
Where is Dr. H[illegible][guess: e]ws Daughter which you gave me reason  to expect? — Have you concluded to take David with  You to erect a School Among the Onondagas? —
do Write me of these things as Soon as may be, that I may  know what to depend upon.
I hear that poor Hezekiah Calvin has got into prison at  Little Ease for forging a pass for a Negro, and that it is  probable he will fare hardly — I hope God will humble  him and do him Good by it — Joseph Johnson have not yet been  seen in these parts — I think he is going in the same track  with others — I give my love to you and yours, and am —
yours very heartily  Eleazar Wheelock 
Rev. Samson Occom
Dr. Wheelock's