Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Brainerd, 1765 January 14

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date14 January, 1765

ms number765114.3

abstractWheelock writes to Brainerd about setting up a meeting with the Connecticut Board of Commissioners, and the proposed fundraising trip to England, which is complicated by a renewal of the Mason Land Case.

handwritingHandwriting is informal, which somewhat hinders legibility. There are several deletions, additions and abbreviations.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyAs is indicated on two verso, this document is a copy. On one recto, there is a note in a different, likely 19th-century, hand that reads “(not [illegible] in life of J. B. n.a.)." There is also a mark in red pencil.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two verso, which is in landscape orientation. The trailer is on one verso, the address page is two recto.

EventsMason Land Case

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My very Dear Brother.
I have been writing and Endeavouring to have a meeting of the Com̅iſsrs above a month, but the Snow is So Deep on the Roads that there is no poſsibility of it at preſent, wherefore I have preferrd A Memorial to your Board of Com̅iſsrs in my own Name deſiring they would Send you with another Indian [illegible]a begging for this School & the Support of Miſsionaries next Spring. and I make no Doubt but our Board will approve of what I have done and chirrfully comply. but Supposing the worſt that they will not Joyn the Conſequence will be that your Board will have the lead and Conduct, & Sole Patronage of the affair of Sending Miſsionaries & School Maſters. but there will be no difficulty the Commiſsioners here are generally in high Spirits to promote and further the Deſign —
I think I mentioned to you my tho'ts of taking one Chamberlain a valuable youth in his Laſt Year at Yale College into this School, with a view to fit him for a Miſsionary. he is now come to me with that view, & I believe the Com̅iſsrs will think beſt to Send him with M.r ^Titus^ Smith next Spring his Age, Scholarſhip, Prudence, and Piety, I think will invite them to it beyongd any other I now know of y.t may be had. —
I[illegible][guess: ']ve heard nothing of My Son Since he left N. Haven Preſid.t Clap writes me, yt. he had concluded to receive him on his return which I am glad of and rather hope all things Conſidered that they will not perſwade him to tarry at Naſsau Hall. I want to hear what he ha[illegible][guess: d] met with at Philadelphia
I was very glad to receive yours from New York, and of the Intelligences therein given. I thank you ſir. The
The Blow which M.r Whitefield gave this School in Sending M.r Occom back from New York was beyong any it has received from the firſt I find our Government are So inſcenſed thereby ^#^ that I fear I ſhall find no further Countenance in my Suit for an Incorporation which they Seemd juſt upon the Point to grant me. and which we ſhall find to be of very great Importance If you Should go on the Errand proposed — and which is the very thing which he inſiſted upon in order to ^his^ useg Influence in favour of the School at Home. It will not be beſt that any Mention Should be made of M.r Occom's going with you. It is doubtful whether our Commiſsrs will think it prudent to Send him Since there are Such Jealoſies in the Government. and Since Maſon is gone home to Sollicit the old Maſon Affair as it is calld wherein M.r Occom's and his [illegible]Tribe are Plantiff againſt the: Government. —* You See in What Hurry I write, ^in [illegible][guess: haſt]^ The Lord direct us all to act for the Glory of his great Name and Fartherance of the Redeemers Cauſe. accept Arm-fulls of Love from
Your Brother &c &c &c Eleazar Wheelock Copy. Rev.d Jn.o Brainerd.
[left]# [gap: tear][guess: ie ^by^] what was in Conſequence of it.
[left]*I wiſh you could be here at M.r Smiths ordination next Spring I will Endeav.r to let y.o know when it will be—
To Rev.d John Brainerd Jany. 14. 1765.
To The Rev.d M.r John Brainerd Miſsionary  In  New Jerſie