David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21



abstractMcClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthySignature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.


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

  Rev. and Honoured Sir, 
In a Conversation and I  had with this Vacancy at some  things passed which I esteem my Duty to inform the  of, and which I imagine he would choose to under­  stand — After had made some inquiry  concerning the State of , of which he seemed to  be pretty ignorant — he informed us that he had been  desirous and still was to write home to his Friends in  and particularly to some of the Gentlemen of  — and that the only Reason of his not writing  was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­  ing the State of as Friends there would  expect that from him if he wrote, and as   is at present constituted he imagined an account of it  would not be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor answer  their Expectations — He complained, but in a friendly  manner, that the Indian was converted into an  English School and that the English had crowded out  the Indian Youths — he instanced in one  
Rev. Doctor    
a likely Indian who came to get admittance but could not be  admitted because the was full — He supposed that  Gentlemen in thought the at present was  made up chiefly of Indian Youth and that should he write and  inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it would  give them a disgust and jealousy that the Charities were not ap­  plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors  and Benefactors, which was to educate Indians chiefly  I told him the , I was pretty certain, was ready to admit  any likely, promising Indians, and to fit them for School­  masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had  already educated in general made so poor improvement of  their Learning, that the I imagined was in a  measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher characters  than those mentioned — And that such being the Case  with the Indian Youth, it would be more agreeable  to the Benefactors to the to have their Charity im­  proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause  viz. by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further  mentioned some things respecting , which I  imagine the would choose to know — particularly  his talking much about State and national Affairs which  had turned many Gentlemen who were his Friends to  become his Enemies — that he had often talked with the  on the Head and advised him to let National  Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —   
that when the left England he had not six Friends  in — the asked Mr.  at Table publicly what made them send  over Doctor — whether Doctor and the  were all such men as  the — and that if they knew them to be such men  they would either return the money collected to  its Donors or put it into the   The engaged Mr. to  write particularly of the and the Disposal of the  monies collected in — and that he tried to excuse  himself from writing, and I think he said they would  not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate  a jealousy imbibed from Doctor 's Conduct or  something else — and the only Reason he gave us of  his not writing was the necessity he was under if he  wrote to inform them particularly of the ,  which they insisted upon — Such Rev. Sir, was the  Representation he made to us, which he informed  us he had not made known fully to the   but designed to the first Interview —   Permit me, sir, to express my warmest and most dutiful  Wishes for your Health, and Prosperity in Your great and  benevolent Design, and to manifest how much, I am  Rev. and Honoured Sir,   
Your very dutiful and much obliged   humble Servant —      
From   May 27— 1770—   
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