Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1761 May 4

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date4 May, 1761

ms number761304.1

abstractWheelock writes that he is seeking an incorporation, and that Occom has preached in Wheelock’s pulpit prior to leaving for his mission to the Oneidas.

handwritingHandwriting is relatively clear, with some deletions and additions.

paperLarge sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.



noteworthyGiven the number of additions and deletions, the lack of an address, and the abbreviated signature, this document is likely a copy or draft.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

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My Hon.d & Deard Sir
Yours of May 17. And Aug.t 29. 1760. both came to Hand Since I came to this Town. I have ſuch a crowd of Buſineſs that I cant ^now^ attend to write you perticularly but will do it as ſoon as I can get leiſure. in general My School flouriſhes, & our Proſpects ſtill greater & greater. I am going to diſcourſe his Excell.cy the Gov.r & Lieu.t Gov.r of this Province on the Affair, of an Incorporation. We have thought it of Importance that we ſhould be capable of the Tenure & Diſposal of Lands &c. but perhaps we Shall find no need of any Hand but in him whose is ye fullneſs of the Earth, & who gives and diſ­­poses of it as he will. we have joyful Symptoms in Several Places in Connecticut that another glorious day of Gods Power & Special Grace is at the Door. —  The hopes & Expectations of many among us are much raiſed that we ſhall Soon See greater Trophies of the Redeemers victories in North America than there have been of his Majeſties by the lale glorious Conqueſts [guess: atto] the Northward The door is now ſet wide open for the Deſign. Nothing is now wanting but Miſsrs, Interpreters & Money. their Youth Muſt come to us or ours go to them to be fitted for that Purpose. and it cant be without Expence. I am now Sending My black Son M.r Occom preachd in My Pulpit [illegible][guess: 5]. Sabaths ago to a full aſsembly. and to good acceptance. a rare Sight and Such an one as was never ſeen in Connecticut before he is going on a Miſsion ^to the Oneidas^. Supported by a Number of Gent.n in N York Gov.t – I purpose to ſend one of my Schollars with him in order to accompany ſome well chosen youth from remote tribes to this ſchool.  dear Sir do write as often as you can Your Letters have done much good. Your Name is known and is dear to many here. when I ſee M.r Peters I will [illegible] Inform him as to the 5. g.s &c. Our Purchaſses on Delaware and Seſquaanna have chosen [illegible] Coll.o Dyar their agent who is to Embarque for Europe as ſoon as Rec.d & Recoverd of the Small pox by Enocu.n & has made himſelf  ready — I am in utmoſt haſt.
Yours Moſt Affectionately In Our Common Lord EW.
Letter to M.r DeBerdt May 1761