Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Thomas Foxcroft, 1761 June 18

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date18 June, 1761

ms number761368.1

abstractWheelock writes of the mission of Occom and Fowler, and mentions the danger from Separatists who are preaching among the Indians.

handwritingInformal handwriting is mostly clear and legible, though there are several deletions and additions. The trailer is in a different hand.

paperSmall single sheet is in good condition, with light creasing, staining and wear.

inkBrown-black ink is somewhat blotchy, and there is moderate bleed-through from front to back.

noteworthyThis document is likely a draft. For related documents, see manuscripts 761360.1 and 761360.2. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note "Ind. Mis. (Seperates) June 1761" to the trailer. This note has not been included in the transcription.

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

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Rev.d & Hon.d Sir,
You will See By mine to M.r Oliver that M.r Occom & David ſat out on their Journey to the ſix Nations, on the 10.th ſep.t Gen.l Lyman very freely & fully recommended the Deſign of Educating a Number of Mohawke Youth for Interpreters &c. to Sir W.m Johnſon. As to the Petition of the Onohoquaghe Chiefs to have the Bible tranſlated into their Languag[gap: worn_edge][guess: e] which I have encloſed to M.r Oliver, I have made all the Inquiry which I have had Oppor‐‐tunity for, ^and fear it will be Difficult to find^ but can hear of None who is in any Meaſure^any man^ equal to theſuch ^a^ [illegible: [guess: job]]Taſk. If there be Such any be any it is pritty likely that M.r Occom after his Rambles among them will be able to ^inform^ give the Hon.le Com̅iſs.rs Information of him.
By all acco.ts there is at preſent a very uncommon Concern, & Deſire to be inſtructed in Several Parts near Seſquaana River. And I am fully perſuaded there are Endeavours used, (and I fear will be effectual) to introduce a number of our wild Separates & lay Exhorters among them, and I fear they will introduce ſuch as are much more dangrous than Sam.l Aſhpo. (of whom I have wrote to M.r Hawley incloſed. ^unſeald^ to M.r Oliver.) ſeveral things have concurrd to to perſuade me that there is ſuch a Deſign. M.r Aſhley ^[below]is^
[left]Lett.r to M.r Foxcroft Boston
is very buſie among them from one End of the Government to the other [illegible]d I dont underſtand that any but that party know What his Buſineſs is, ^and^ many words have been unguardedly drop'd by that Party which diſcover that they are knowing to ſuch a Deſign, &c. I proposed to M.r Williams Yesterday whether it be not expedient to ſend forth a Number of prudent Judicious zealous Miniſters ſpeedily among them & let them make the best they can of Such Interpreters as may be had. and move for a Contribution through the Govern‐ment for their Support. M.r Williams well approved of the Motion, but what will be done about it I can't tell. People in these parts ^ſeem^ are Generally aſleep ^& unaffected about it^ The Leave of the Gov.r And Council must be had. and when they will be togather is uncertain. perhaps a Lettr from You might be of ſpecial ſervice.— M.r Whitaker lately inſtalled at Norwich Landing I ^eſteem^ as well turnd for the Buſineſs of a Miſsion among them as any of my Acquaintance.
Perhaps it will not be ſo well y.t it should be known by the Separates that they are suspected to be upon ſuch a Deſign, or that there are any Proposals in Opposition to them. and with this [illegible: Riſk]^Caution^ you may make juſt [illegible]ſuch Improvement of this Letter you please.
I am, Rev.d & Hon.d ſir, with the ſincereſt Duty and Reſpect Your Son in the Gospel Eleazar Wheelock Rev. Tho.s Foxcroft