Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Joseph Johnson, 1775 January 23


abstractWheelock writes that the London Fund is exhausted, but that he has plans laid to provide for Johnson. Wheelock is pleased that Johnson is going to New York and notes that the new boys from St. Francis speak the same language as Johnson’s Indians.

handwritingWheelock's somewhat informal hand is small and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperSingle small sheet is in fair condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear.

inkBrown ink is lightly faded in spots.

noteworthyThis document is possibly a draft or copy for Wheelock's records. Benoni Occom (son of Samson) appears to have written his name on one verso.

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

  My dear Joseph Johnson
Yours by Mr. Fowler and another last week by  Mr. Ralph Pomeroy came Safe to hand. I have not been  wanting in thoughts and Care for your Help. have laid  Several Plans for it. and doubt not but you will be pro­ ­vided for in Due Time — The Fund in London is ex hausted, and the present dispute forbids any hope of  Such Recruits of it at present as I hoped for.  I am glad to hear by Mr. Pomeroy that you are gone  to New York — I doubt not but you will find Friends  there — dont fail to let me hear from you as Soon  and as often as you can — and of What success and  encouragement you find etc. it may give me Advantage  to help You if there Shall be occasion — Mr. Fowler  is kindly received and treated here and I believe his Situation  is very agreeable to him and his wife.
My Affairs here appear very encouraging indeed — Mr. Pomeroy can give you Some account of them —
Mr. Fowler finds that my New Boys from St. Francis  talk the Same Language as Your Indians Speak —
Give my Love to Mr. Occom and his and to your Wife.  if our Eye be Single we have nothing to fear — The Lord  bless you my dear Son.
I am   Yours very Affectionately   Eleazar Wheelock    Mr. Joseph Johnson 
Benoni  Occom