Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Mr. Whitefield, 1759 November 3

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date3 November, 1759

ms number759603

abstractWheelock writes of the progress at his school, and of the conditions under which he looks for more Indian pupils as well as public charity. He also mentions the ordination of Occom.

handwritingHandwriting is heavily slanted and crowded, with several deletions and additions. Some uncrossed t's have been corrected by the transcriber.

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inkDark, blotchy, shows through from opposite sides; several splatters occasionally appear as the dots over i's.


EventsOccom’s Ordination

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Rev.d & dear sir//
Yours of March 7th was very wellcome to me We are Still purſuing the Affair of our Charity ſchool in Favour of the poor periſhing Pagans, And with More Courage than ever. God has indeed wrought like himſelf for his ſinfull people this laſt Year — By a Surprizing Siries of Succeſses granted to the britiſh arms and every ſtep calculated and evidently Circumſtanced to ſecure all the Glory to his own great [illegible: [guess: Name]], he has opend and is opening Such a Door for the grand Deſign in view as almoſt perſwades my Infidel Heart to believe that the Time for calling the poor Creatures into his Trinity and Kingdom is juſt at Hand and if his Majeſty arms Shall Still, according to the preſent faireſt humane Probability, be ſucceſsfull to the full Accompliſhing the Deſign of Diſpoſeſsing the French in this Land, we perſwade ourſelves the Proſpect will be Such as will invite all far & near who love our Lord Jesus Chriſt in Sincerity to put to a helping Hand. — My dear little Jacob I have Sent to y.e College in New Jerſie &I underſtand he is kindly treated, and perticularly y.t Preſident Davies is much pleaſd with him — I have now four Indian Boys with me, Three of which will likely, if their Health will allow them a cloſe application to their Books, be well fitted for College by next Commence'ment & I am Daily Expecting two Mohawke Boys from the Mohawkes by the Mediation of dear Meſsrs Pomeroy & Brainerd Chaplains in the Army a[gap: worn_edge][guess: t] Crown Point, who have ingagd to procure them if poſibly they can get opportunity to conſult Gen.l Johnſon & can find leaſure to attend upon it I apprehend while the Engliſh Arms prevail there will be no manner of Dificulty to obtain as many as we pleaſe for the Purpose I am certifyed by good Authority y.t great num- -bers of them are deſirous to have their Children taught if we had means o for their Support we might have of their Children by Scores, and well chosen for the Purpoſe
I have been put to Difficulty to get a good writing Maſter The Boys I now have are not equal in their writing to ſome other parts of learning however, I Send You a Specimen ſuch as it is and hope by & by now I have got my dear M.r Trumble to teach y.e School I Shall be able by & by to let You See that they make Proficiency in it.
It is a bad time to aſk for y.e Charities of People in this Country, our People you know are but few of them Rich — our publick Taxes by Reaſon of ye war are very high, & many put to Difficulty to Subſiſt comfortably under their Burthen And great Numbers have yet freſh in their minds the Ravages, Murthers and Cruelties perpetrated by the Indians, many of these want a Better Temper than to breath out nothing but Slaughter & Deſtruction for them. A good Example of Liberality from Home. May and likely would animate many Godly People among us to imitate them. And I cant but hope y.t if our means were ſuch as that we cod ^[left]begin^ to Support a large Number, the Continuation of ſupply for them wo.d ^[below]not^
Not be more difficult than now it is for a few. There would then be that which would juſtify Importunity in Begging as well as more Strongly invite to Liberality. I hope my dear little Jacob, if God Shall mercifully con- -tinue him, will by & by charm the Nation into ſoftneſs Love & Benevolence —
We are not carefull under what name, or in what perticular ſhape this Deſign be proſecuted So be it, it be purſued to Effect at preſent and till our publick Affairs are more Settled we determine to purſue it, & make the beſt of it we can as a Charity School and it may be Experience will ſhew us that there will be no need of any other Foundation.
M.r Occom the Long Island Indian is Ordaind (I hear) by y.t Preſbytery, and is invited to accept a Miſion am- -ong the Cherockees whether he accepts or not I havt heard I conclude the grand objection is his want of Health.
Religion in general with us, is at a low Ebb. I hear but little of Conviction or Converſion-work going on any where. Preſident Clap is quite zealous for the truth. And College affairs wear a much better Face than they did Several have been under deep Convictions & I hope ſome ſavingly Converted there, & Numbers in y.t town the laſt year dear Sir, I dont till you in this how glad I ſhould be to ſpend one Day with You. A Thouſand thing I wo.d ſay if you could have Patience with my ſlow way of Communicating, which would tire me to write or you to Read. but in perticular we would talk over the many and Great Arguments and motives ^[left]w.c^ y.e preſent openings of Dive Providce in favor of ye Indian Affair preſent us to awaken our Zeal, and to wage upon others to Excite them to exert themſelves in an affair which ye Heart of the great Redeemer is infinitely ſet upon. can we be con- -tent to let ſuch an opportunity ſlip when we know not how ſoon nor how fatally if ^door^ may be ſhut — or can we be content to looſe any time when ſo many depend upon our doing and ſo great Intereſts are ſo nearly concerned in it I depend you will use ^as Providence directs^ your Influence in Fav.r of the Deſign as you have opportunity and y.t You will let me hear from You as often as you and ^Dear ſir^ that you will remember in Your Neareſt Approaches to God,
Yours in the Deareſt Bonds Eleazr Wheelock
P.S. Mrſs Wheelock Joynis in Salutations to You & Your Dear Spouse.— Rev. George Whitefield.
Letter to M.r Whitefield Date: Nov.r 3. 1759.
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