Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1771 January 22


abstractWheelock expresses sorrow at Occom’s repeated and aggravated falls from virtue. He writes that if Occom and his brother-in-law David will go on a mission, Wheelock will give David as much as any schoolmaster sent by the Boston Commissioners.

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My dear Mr. Occom. 
Perhaps you little think what pain and Sorrow of  Heart I have had on hearing of your repeated and aggravated  fall, but I am comforted a little with the Hope that God has  given You Repentance, but I conclude, unless the manifestation  of your Repentance has been very public, clear, Strong and evident  to everybody, your usefulness is near at an End where you are.  and it may be one design of God in leaving you thus to fall has  been to reprove your Staying at home, and in a Sort compel  you to go abroad among remote Tribes, or else quit your  ministry, which I conclude you will never be easy in doing  while the Nations are lying in wickedness and perishing for  lack of vision. You may remember I early mentioned to  you, your going among the Onondagas, or some other Nation  there in that quarter, and Said Something about your taking  your Brother David and Settling your Families in that Country,  and I felt Some concern that you declined it as I thought  and have always feared that you was not so usefully employed  as you might be among remote tribes. Mr. Woodward informs  me of your having understood me otherwise, which must certain  -ly have been through Some mistake. — I also always believed  your Brother David did wrong in leaving that cause in the  wilderness where he was So acceptable, and had So wide a Door  opened to him for usefulness.   I now propose to You and him that if you will remove and  Settle in any of the Tribes where you may find the best  prospect of usefulness, I will allow him as much as any  of the schoolmasters have who are employed among any of  the Tribes on the Sea Shore, by the Boston commissioners;  and will do for you what Shall be reasonable, and will  provide a good Interpreter to go with you in the Spring.   
please to let me See you or hear from you as Soon as  possible.   It is an astonishing [gap: tear] of God's Grace and the outpouring  of his Spirit upon this Seminary, here you may See the begin-  -ing and budding of the [gap: tear][guess: New] Jerusalem. the first appearance  of it was upon our getting into a Settled and quiet State  about a month ago. the affairs of this Seminary never looked  with so joyful and encouraging an aspect, before, as they now do  I hope in a little Time you will have opportunity to See scores  of your tawny Brethren, nourished by the breasts of this  Alma Mater. —   I cant tell you What lo[gap: tear][guess: a]ds of Sorrow I have been bowed  down under, on account of the falls and miscarriages of So many  on whom I had dependance under God as instruments to  help forward the great design before me. God has been  my Helper or I Should have Sunk indeed under the weight  — My dear friend, I have had, and born loads on your account  I long to know whether God has truly opened your Eyes to  See the wound you have given the blessed Redeemer? and  whether you have and do look upon him whom you have  pierced, and mourn for what you have done as for an only  Son? and what Revenge you are exercising upon and towards your  Self in a way of Self denial and cross bearing? my dear Friend  dont now add to the offence by Setting down discouraged and  Say there is no hope of your Future usefulness. no my Friend  resolve on Revenge on your lusts, and especially your Pride, and  upon the father and Author of them. My Heart aches for you  enough to besmear this Paper with my Hearts Blood if that were  a proper way to express my Sorrow, and a way that would  do you any good — but I conclude with Love to you and  your wife. and am, for Christs Sake   
Your much wounded, and Afflicted   Friend and Servant  Eleazar Wheelock