Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to, Samson Occom, 1764 August 25

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date25 August, 1764

ms number764475.3

abstractCopy of a letter in which Wheelock encloses the commission from Scotland for Occom's mission to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and advises him to find a donor to supply him with money.

handwritingHandwriting is not Wheelock’s; it is clear and legible.

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

inkDark brown ink bleeds through paper somewhat.

noteworthyThis document is a copy of 764475.4.

signatureThe signature is not Wheelock's.

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M.r Occom, Sir.
Your Time is ſo short, and your Buſineſs ſo crowding, that I can't deſire ſuch an Addition to your Bur­ den, as your coming hither again would be: I therefore take this Way to hint to you what I would ſay more fully if you were here
And in the firſt place, I ſuſpect you will miſs of ſeeing m.r Kirtland on his Return from M.r Whitefield, and alſo of ſeeing M.r Whitefield, who I hear preached ſome weeks ago at Philadelphia, & conſequently, you will miſs of receiving any Supplys which he may have got for your Journey; and if ſo, I adviſe you to repreſent the Caſe to ſome able Friends at New York, and if you can get Supply no other Way, hire the Money of ſome good Friend till you return.
I herewith ſend you a Copy of our Commiſsion from Scotland, in order that you may ſhew it, if you ſhall have Occaſion, to Genl Gage, Genl Johnſon, or others.
I would have you obtain 15 or 20 Youth, if you can procure those that^which^ are likely, of remote Tribes of Indians. And if you hear that which is encouraging of good Peter at Onohoqagee, and thoſe two Boys there who were offered to the Commiſsioners at Boſton, let them be of the Number.
There was alſo an Engliſh Lad with the Mohawks to learn their Tongue, before this War, who I hear is very likely: if you can obtain ſuch an one, do it. I ſhall leave the Proportion of Girls to you, & Genl Johnſon, whoſe Advice I would have you take in every Thing when it may be had.
And beſure, you let all the Children, whom you bring, know that they don't come here to be without Government, nor to live a lazy ſordid Life, but to be fitted for Buſineſs and Uſefulneſs in the World. And I am not Afraid that you ſhould boaſt of my Mohawk Boys Proficiency in very ſtrong Terms.
And don't fail to write to me of your Progreſs, Succeſs, and any Occurrence that may be entertaining, by every Opportunity
Opportunity, as you know Friends at Home will be glad to hear.
Send me an Account of what Labour you have or ſhall hire upon my Credit ^at Mohegan^; and what you deſire me to do for your ^Family^ while you are gone.
And may the God of all Grace be with you & David in all the Way whilher you go, and inſpire you with Wiſdom, Prudence, Zeal, Courage, and holy Fortitude, and honour you to be the Inſtrument to ſpread the Savour of his Name, and the Knowledge of the great Salvation, far among the Pagans.
Remember me reſpectfully to Friends in your Way, eſpe­ cially at New York — which with Love &c is the needful from
Yours affectionately Eleazar Wheelock Revd Mr Occom
aug.t 27th P.S. M.r Kirtland returned laſt Evening, has got no Money, M.r Whitefield is at N-York. talks of going to Albany this Week if he can he will ſerve you, if he can't accquaint M.r Whitaker do the beſt you can —
To M:r Occom, Augt 25:th 1764