Ralph Wheelock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1763 December 30

Author Wheelock, Rodulphus

Date10 December, 1763

ms number763680

abstractRalph writes to his father from New York City regarding meetings with donors, including the Earl of Stirling, as well as with George Whitefield, who is also trying to secure funds. He mentions that Occom is arriving from Long Island to preach.

handwritingHandwriting slants upwards, and is bold and mostly legible.

paperPaper is in good condition despite heavy creasing and some tearing near location of seal, which results in a minor loss of text.

inkStrong, dark brown-black

noteworthyAs noted by its author, the letter is written hastily and contains many variant spellings and abbreviations. In the fourth-to-last line of one recto, the meaning of the abbreviation beginning "Ob." is uncertain. It is uncertain to whom "Capt. Wheelock" refers, and so he has been left untagged.

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Revd & hono.d ſir//
After a maloncoly Journey I arived safe on wedneſday Evening w.th a good State of Health. Thursday morning waited on my Lord, y.e Earl of Sterling, he appeared very Kind, & good; promiſed all his help & aſsistance; engaged to draw an Instrument, & to gett subſscriptions by setting an example himſelf, the Intrist of should be remitted, Quaterly or Yearly at your desire, to y.e Amount of 25 or 30 £ p.r ann.*
at [illegible: [guess: 11.oc]] waited on M.r Whitifild find him full of Zeal for y.e Cause, has wrote to M.r Erskin on y.e Head, & sais "in his Letter send as soon as may ^be^ 200 or 300 £ for y.e use of M.r Wheelock's School or y.e fatt is all in y.e fire &c he is very sorrey y.o did not write more perticular on y.e Head, he is out of H.th much crowded w.th company, will write by y.e Post soon, longs to see y.o will return to Philad.a 10 days hence, from thence S.th Caroli.a from thence to Boſton, he gave me for my use, (Ob.[illegible] not y.e Schoolls) 10 £ NY. Curr. & I find is in y.e town engaged. in & putting in a word at every opportunity for y.e School. made publick mention of it in his Prayer
[left] * when my Lord has accompliſhed his Disign promesſed Immediately to wirte.
Yesterday Morning & last Evening; I believe something considerable might be done in Town for y.e Schoo.ll Cap.t Wheelock has wrote M.r Noel will give y.o y.e Books as he had them for London. will send as soon as may be.
I have but just hinted am in utmost haist, y.e Barrer is waiting
Duty & Love y.o will Sir  present Sir.  from your Dutifull Son  Rad.s Wheelock
I have seen M.r Occom he will have more time next week. M.r Whitifild ^Sent^ for him from y.e Iſland. he is to Preach on y.e morrow. please Sir if y.o have opportunity by all means write a Circumſtantial Letter to M.r Whtifild he will tarrey 10 Day or a fortenight excuse y.o will ^see^ I am in a ^great^ [illegible][guess: haste]
Radulphus Wheelock Decem.r 30.th 1763
To The Rev.d M.r Eleazar Wheelock Connecticut
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