Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 July 28


abstractWheelock writes that he has drawn on John Thornton for £50 to cover Occom's debts, and that he hopes Occom will go on a mission. He has heard that Jacob Fowler and Joseph Johnson have become pious, and questions whether he should send Jacob to be a schoolmaster to the Oneidas.

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Mr. Occom  My dear Man. 
Yours of the 3rd Instant is before me. I have wrote  Esq. Thornton in your favour and drawn a Bill on him to discharge  your debts of £50 Sterling which I believe will be best you should sell  to Capt. Nathaniel Backus as he will use you as generously as any man  and also as I shall depend on him to supply you if you should engage  in the mission to the southward which has been proposed — I shall esteem  nothing that is necessary for you, too much to do for you while you appear to be  weak and lowly, and honestly engaged to do what you can to build up and enlarge  the cause of the Redeemer — But this I tell you again that While those  Tribes who are under the care of the Boston Board are professedly  [guess: your] only object I cannot consistently, nor without giving offense  and exposing myself and Patrons to reproach, Support you by the money  collected for the use of my School in great Britain, please to  let me know what your Determination in the matter is.
I rejoice much to hear what you relate of your brother Jacob, and Joseph  Johnson, the Latter has cost me floods of Sorrow, as well as  much Toil and Expense, if the work in him be genuine I shall likely  hear more of it.
Mr. Austin by a letter dated Albany 11. Instant on his way from  Montreal to Connecticut informs me of an opening there for  a schoolmaster among the Indians. Johnson's Character is such  among their brethren the Oneidas that it wont do to send him, but  perhaps your brother Jacob, is the very man please to let me hear from  you and assure yourself that however uncharitable, unbrotherly,  and in Some instances cruel your treatment of me has appeared  I have Steadily endeavoured to show myself to be and continue to be 
your best earthly Friend.  Eleazar Wheelock 
To Mr. Occom July 28  1772