Thomas Dawson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 August 29

Author Dawson, Thomas

Date29 August, 1766

ms number766479

abstractDawson writes to Wheelock telling of impediments to collecting for the Indian school, and of rumors that Occom and Whitaker are associated with Presbyterians in London.

handwritingHandwriting is small, but largely clear and legible.

paperPaper is in fair-to-poor condition, with heavy wear and tearing, resulting in a significant loss of text.


EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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Dear S.r
There are many impediments attend ye applications I have made for our American Friends — at Fairford [illegible][guess: one] of ye meetings have had a Gallery Lately Erected ye other partly new p[illegible: [guess: ew]]d &c: & both in Debt — Mr Beddome from Bourton on ye Water writes me thus "As to ye american Collection It seems as if you would (if call'd thereto) make a Notable Beggar but considering ye great expence that has lay upon us about ye meetg House & a debt remaining of near 30 ^£^ those of our people to whom I have mentioned it dont seem very forward to encourage it — I beleive at least it must be defferd a little longer" —
I saw Mr Parry last Saturday who highl[gap: tear][guess: y] approved of ye plan but seem'd very cool abt ye thing upon farther conversaſion I found he had been told by aperson lately come from London that Mr Whitaker & M.r Occom on waiting on a certain Gent.n in Lond.n he recommended them to act in Concert with a Society who had for some time back set on foot a scheme for propagating ye Gospel abroad and desired them after they had spoke with ye Managers of that society to come to him again but having not seen them afterwards it lookt like a party affair as this Gent.n was a Presbyte[gap: tear][guess: r]ian &c: — Now this being ye Case Mr P[gap: tear]ont choose to do anything in it till[gap: tear]t th[gap: tear]
thing. I told him his best way was to Write to ye Gent.n abt it, he said he would adding that it was ^not^ related clearly to him what ye Case was
Now Sr not to make many remarks upon this Story y I observe; that I don't see how M.r W. & Occom could act in concert & joyn stocks with any set of men; their commiſsion not extending to such a Lattitude, as to their not calling on ye Gent.n afterwards I cant pretend to aſsign their reasons —
I shall see Mr Parry some time next week & [illegible][gap: tear]hat he intends to do & will give you a Line —
I am in haste yr Friend & Serv.t Tho Dawſon Ciren.r 29 Augt 66
I find you have Sent a pamphlet to Cheltnam which otherwiſe I shd have done
[left]From Mr Dawſon of Cirenceſter [gap: tear][guess: Aug.t] 29 1766