Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 March 7

Author Whitaker, Nathaniel

Date7 March, 1766

ms number766207.1

abstractWhitaker, in London, writes that he has received letters from Wheelock, and that Wheelock should take care with regard to where he sends letters and what he writes, so that the Society in Scotland does not appropriate the money Whitaker, along with Occom, hopes to raise. Occom is shortly to be inoculated for small pox.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and neat; there are some uncrossed t’s that have been corrected by the transcriber.

paperPaper is in good condition, with light creasing, staining and wear; small tear around remnants of seal results in minor loss of text.

inkDark brown.


noteworthyThe woman referred to in the first paragraph is likely Elizabeth James Whitefield, wife of George Whitefield. On two recto, the "Act" to which Whitaker refers is the Stamp Act of 1765. The letters “DV” (two verso, fourth paragraph, second line) are an abbreviation of deo volente, or God willing.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Occom’s inoculation, Mason Land Case

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Revd & Dear Brother.
Being at mr Whitefields laſt evening a packet came to her (he being gone to Briſ‐tol for [illegible][guess: -4] weeks) which coſt her [illegible][guess: 1ſ6] Sterling. She laid it by; but taking it up, & reading, by By Cap.t Hunter, I perceived it came from Boſton: on which I lookt on the Superſcription & Saw it was Gray's hand, & gueſed there were letters in it for me, & beged it might be opend to which She conſented; & bleſſed be God that you Sent the letters to us before you Sent ym to Scotland. You would have diſconcerted our plan if they had not come here firſt — pray let none Go to Scotland till you know I am there & then direct them to me — & till then di‐rect to mr Whitefield & leave ym open; for you will See by a letter I Sent 'tother day, that the plan we proceed on is different from wt was laid by ye board
How glad I am Mr Tiffany is to be with you, give my kind love to him & his family; he is a dear man.
O how my heart is affected for you under the deviliſh conduct of your Good people — Are they bewiched? — But chear up, my Brother, I think God is making way for your removal to a new Settlement — Send over to me a memorial Signed by the beſt of your People, & mine Si placet for Some good tract of Land, in York, Hamp‐ſhire, JerſeyPenſylvania Maryland, or Virginia, which will Suit your School beſt, & Say how much for the School, & how much for the Settlers — Is not Lord
Dartmouth raiſed up on purpoſe. If he keeps his place, I Shall carry my point. He honoured us with mr Smith by inviting us to his table Some time ago. He can procure you any land you pleaſe. If it is within charter limits you can be more certain of it; for in this caſe the Board of Trad (at ye head of which he is) will write to the Governer of that province, & he dare not deny to make a grant: & if out of charter limits it may be obtained, but it is not equally certain. However you Should pi[illegible][illegible][guess: tch] on 2 or 3 well choſen places, & Shew the advantages & diſadvan‐tages of each &c & Send over as Soon as poſſible, let Some be within, & Some without charter limits. It muſt be granted to you & your heirs & Aſſigns in truſt. i.e. what is for the School — I Saw General Lyman a few days ago: He Says he has great encouragem.t that he Shall succeed wn the preſent ferment is over — But — I fear for him (inter nos) He is well, & behaves well,(except [illegible] & riding &c)
Mr Whitefield & Smith have been labouring for you & have made my work much eaſier, I now live within 10 rods of mr Whitefield — He has his health much better than when in America — I am diſcouraged attempting to git a charter becauſe it is tho't it would cramp you (inter nos). The incloſed you will read, Seal & forward— The Letters Sent, which are for Scotland, & they will not do to Send, as you will eaſily See by the plan we perſue, an account of wch I Sent you in my laſt, & is this, To turn all into your hands — for none here will give the Scots Board; & mr Whitefield & Smith think that it will be So in Scotland too among all ye religious; [illegible] & beſides Should I make a large collection, ^that^ ye Society in Scotland would demand it. You muſt therefore write all your letters without mention^ing^ my being ſent by the board — I will write a letter to morrow to mr Whitefield & aſk him if it is not beſt to tranſcribe your letters & leave out
thoſe part which will claſh with our general plan & Send them forward: but they will not do to go as they are.
I hope you will receive the letter I Sent a few days ago which will inform you of I know not what jumble that hath been among us, & how I got here &c. &c. &c. &c. Perhaps this moment the houſe of Lords are tuging, Some to Save & Some to deſtroy America — I told you in my laſt yt ye Act was repealed, but it was not true, it yet labers, tho it hath paſſed the lower houſe, & it is beyond doubt it will paſs; but as mr Lane told me to day, It is of two evils chuſe the leaſt. Your firmneſs only hath Saved you — O take care to rejoice So as to caſt no contempt on ye Parliamt or Shew any triumph over it — for this will loſe all your friends here. —
We had a pleaſant paſſage of 6 week & landed 200 miles from London which we rode in 3 days. Lord Dartm[illegible][guess: h] hath opened a Subſcription & put down 50 G[illegible][illegible][guess: u]nees &c.
O my B.r God is good to us — mr Occom takes th[gap: tear][guess: e] Small pox DV. next monday — he behaves well, is no[gap: tear][guess: t] diſpoſed to help maſon — O pray for me & him — O for a humble empty heart — you may be Sure of my Stidy friendſhip — Give love to [illegible] dear Madam, Children School & friends — pray Send the Belt & other Indian rarities, What if Dolphus Should bring them. I Shall not Leave London Some months — Give love to my family I hope you will try — May God be with your Spirit —
From Rev.d N. Whitaker March 7. 1766.