Robert Clelland, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1764 January 21

Author Clelland, Robert

Date21 January, 1764

ms number764121

abstractClelland writes an indignant letter complaining that the Mohegan sachem has denigrated Clelland's teaching. Clelland believes certain parties are angling to replace him with Occom.

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O our Drunken Sechem has gone to mr Jewett with a number of Complaints against me, too numerous to mention, but as they are baſe and unjust., I am resolved to have the whole tribe call’d, and all taken under the concideration of mr Jewett & Some other ministers, Esqr Adam’s &c: for I will not ly under his Calum==ny being conscious to my [illegible] Self, I am not only capable but faithfull, and the fault of the desired Succeeſs, shall ly at the right door; among other things he say’s you said you wonderd my Children did not profitt liek yours. Sir can it be expected that Children can make such profitiancy, when they are moſtly from school, runing about under no Government, as Children that are keept under the masters care night and day, Sure I am you never would say so, as you have mentioned in your Narrative the Contrary: God who is the Searcher of hearts, &c him I apeal, that with sincerity & faithfullneſs (tho with much weakneſs & imperfection) I have discharged my Duty; I am capable to be of very great Service to this people if I meet with proper incouragement, But we have a Sechem does much hurt, goes about beging Cyder & Rum, geting drunk and lying all night in Barn’s, enticeing & Seting bad example before other / young / Indian’s, Going on contrary to all Councill, advice, & reproof, Bold in sin, & trampling on the Laws of God and man, as if he were above Law, minding nothing that is good, all he is after, is the profits of Mohegan to consume upon his lusts; Some intimations are made that they want me out, in order mr Occum (who is coming here to live), may keep School; It was but last spring mr Occum told me that tho he came to live in Mohegan, he would not take the School, but do all in his power to Support & incourage it, if so I shall rejoice at his coming, I must observe that the Sechem formerly commended my faithfullneſs beyond mr Lethem at Nahantik & any children that comes from there — on a viſitt, I can’t find reads near so well as mine; tho Had I Children that would regularly attend, I would show what I could doe, I Humbly Begg your answer and advice, May God preserve you, Bliſs yr valuable consort, & make your Children ornaments & uſefull my Spouſe joins me in our regards to Madam Self & Children
I am Revd ſir yr most obedient Humle ſervt Robert Clelland
Aspow is not come home, I ly in Debt for near 50/ for work & pork to him before he went his miſsion Robert Clelland
NB I must accquent you, that I have invited the youth to come and I would be as a Caticaist for them, I have a ſmal talent in that respect, & take pleasure in it, but meet with no encouragement in any good design, they are a Stiff:neked rebellious people I reced yours by D Fouler ^after I wrote this^ and ſhall accquent mr prince who shall wait your conveniancy & Leiſure, as I said by march I intend to have Esqr Adam’s mr Byles mr Witteker to meet wt mr Jewett & to anſwer [illegible]Ben’s imputations, & I wish you could attend, I shall inform you the time of meeting
Robert Clelland Jan.y 21st ^1764.^
To The Revd Mr Eleazer Wheelock minister of the Gospell Lebanon