George Whitefield, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 May 11

Author Whitefield, George

Date11 May, 1765

ms number765311

abstractWhitefield writes to request an account of the school and its finances while he attempts to build support for it. He suggests that Wheelock be the person to accompany Occom on the fundraising trip to Europe.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear that results in a minor loss of text.

inkBlack-brown ink is somewhat dimmed by the condition of the paper.

signatureThe letter is signed with initials.

noteworthyOn two verso, a line of text intersects the address, written in a different hand. It is uncertain to which organization Whitefield refers when he mentions the "board of commissioners," and so it has been left untagged. However, it is likely the Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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My very D.r Friend
I have just now been conversing with Your Son & hope before my intended Embarkation from Hence to make a publick Collection in favour of Your Indian school — Previ‐ ous to that I expect a letter from You giving an Account of the present situation of Your affairs, Your Arrears &c &c &c — You will lose no time in answer‐ ing this — Mind not the expence of postage — M.r Forfett writes me word that D.r Gifford hath succeeded in some attempts for the promoting Your design — but M.r Hardy approves of no de‐ sign so much as my bringing Occum — What if You Yourself are with Him? ^Thou art the Man?^ You know best
how to manage Him and others that may goe with Him— You can give the best & most satisfactory answers to all questions that might be proposed, & the school ^may be^ left to the care of M.r Whitaker under the inspection of the board of Commiſsioners for One Year — M.r Rogers is likely to be settled at New-YorkM.r Brainard is going to be married, & I think is not properly qualified for such an Embaſsage — You can best speak for a Child of Your Own, & I can have the most confidence in You, and recommend You most earnestly to my Friends — [gap: tear][guess: The] Voyage may do Our bodily health some service — If we die (as they call it) in the way, going to heaven by water may be as pleasant as going by land — M.r Smith's going at this time from Boston may be of singular service and a letter from General Johnston get more — When God intends a thing  Wheels encircling wheels shall run  Each in course to bring it on—
I have found it so in respect to my Georgia affairs — You will join in crying Grace! Grace! Fail not answering this immediately — but say nothing publickly about the in‐ tended Voyage of O–m — I cannot embark under a month — This Tabernacle totters by long fatiguing jour‐nies — but Jesus hath made the wilderneſs to smile, and own'd my feeble labours — That He may own and bleſs You more and more is the earnest prayer of, my very D.r Friend,
Ever Yours &c &c in [gap: tear] failing Emanu[gap: tear][guess: el] GW
ps— Brethren pray for us
from Rev.d G Whitefield Philad.a May 11. 1765.
To The Revrd M.r Eleazar Wheelock if Providence Shall lay no embarſment in the way