Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 December 8

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date8 December, 1766

ms number766658

abstractWheelock writes that Samuel William Johnson is on his way to England with a document certifying that Occom intends to stay out of the Mason case. He also updates Whitaker on the progress of various missions and relates that David McClure has brought a Mohawk boy to attend the charity school.

handwritingInformal handwriting is not Wheelock’s. It is small, loose and occasionally difficult to decipher.

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

signatureThe signature is not Wheelock's. It is abbreviated.

noteworthyThis document appears to be a copy. In the third paragraph of one recto, it is uncertain to whom Wheelock refers when he mentions "Mr. P–m," though it is possibly Ebenezer Pemberton. In the second line of two recto, it is uncertain to which organization Wheelock refers when he mentions "...the Society on which he depends..." although it is possibly the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Mason Land Case

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My dear Brother
God governs the World yet, let the Earth rejoice. Things will come right by & by — the Wrath of Man is his Servent & at his Beck — bleſsed be god he has upheld you & my dear M.r Occom hitherto — how vain is all that Pen can deſvise or imagine against the Lord, tho’ they take counſel togeather to plan & hand join in Hand to execute w.t thy have deſviſed —
Yours of Aug.t 23d & Sep.t 6th were the last I have rec.d I rec.d them perhaps theree Weeks ago, & have wrote you Since —
M.r P–m of Boston, I hear is in a high [illegible] feaver, wishes thy Letter thy wrote were published — declares there was not a Word in it to M.r Occoms disadvantage — M.r Maſon determin’d last Week to ſhew M.r Whitefield’s Letter to M.r Oliver, & deſire a Copy of his to M.r Mauduit you will likely hear further of it very ſoon — M.r Oliver by my Order paid the Annuity of that Board to this School, to M.r Peck without any objection a few Days ago, he was up this Fall
at [illegible][guess: Stafford] Spring, where M.r Ralph Pomroy heard him read a Letter publickly from a Correspondent in London wherein my School was highly commended — & did it as tho' he deſign'd to recommend it to thoſe that heard him. D.r Wm Sam[illegible][guess: l] Johnſon who is one of his Majesty's Councel in this Colony is going to G Brit^[illegible]^on, as ſpecial Agent in Maſon's Caſe — he carries a Certificate from me that M.r Occom declard to be fix’d purpoſe to have nothing to do wh, nor be any manner of Way aiding or assisting in that Affair. & that M.r Occom well knew that it was my fixed purpoſe not to ſend him unleſs I cou’d be certifi’d that he wo’d keep himſelf clear from intermedling wh it. you will let Mr Occom know it and alſo the importance of his keeping [illegible][guess: Quiet]. the government are very jelious of him & of me too.
D.r Johnſon is no doubt [illegible][guess: able] to ſerve this Deſign much. you will ſee I have recommended him to M.r Keen & theſe Gentn who aſsoiciate w.h him — The D.r knew not that I have wrote a [illegible][guess: Worod] of him, & I lately had a hint that ſome [illegible][guess: end.rs] were y uſd to preje­duce his Mind against me. I intended to have ſeen him and [illegible][guess: beſpok] his freindſhip , but Providence forbid it. I hope you will be able to [illegible][guess: treat] him a [illegible][guess: others] I lately have a very catholic & friendly Letter from his Father
in w.h he highly applauds my Plan & ſays that the Society on wh he depends, deſign to ſit up two Schools upon the [illegible][guess: land] in the Westward government — he alſo ſent me a first Catechism for Children — deſiring I would [illegible] it & ſee if we can agree in one so as to teach the ſame thing &c &c —
I was inturepted in the ſentence I [illegible][guess: began][illegible] to write by the coming of McClure w.h another Mohawk Lad for this school, & after reading Letters for two Hours, am now ſit down to give you Sketch, w.h is the most I can do at preſent. M.r Kirtland’s Health is much impair’d, & is exercisd w.h a grevious Pain in his [illegible][guess: Breast] — I fear the Conſequince — has built him a comfortable Houſe. the School conſists of 40 or upwards — many make good proficency — David is comfortably ſettled for the preſent. has Joſ. Johnſo[gap: worn_edge][guess: n] for an [illegible][guess: uſher] in the school thro’ the Winter — but M.r Kirtland informs me that much to [illegible][guess: grief] 20 more of his men are gone off, contrary to his utmost [illegible][guess: intreateyſs ] to war w.h the Cherokees 6 or 700 Miles. Thing have taken a happy turn ſince my last Acct among the MohawksM.r Chamberlain ſeems much encouraged, & warmly engag’d he has been exerting himſelf, & wh good Succeſs for a Reformation hisaſsemblies are crouded from time to time, & the Schools
are filled. thus he has concluded to tarry wh ’em thro’ the Winter as has also M.r Johnſon in the School at Fort Hunter unleſs I can find another English Youth to ſupply his place — w.h I shall endevour to do — the Number of Children in the four School is upward of an 100, & likely will be at least that Number thro the Winter — but the Difficulties they have to encounter are too many & great to numerate or deſcribe. a number of the Indians daily drunk, & when they are so they are more the incarnate Devils. than Branchs of the human Race — y.r greatst [illegible][guess: Impediances] in the way to the Suceſs of our Endeavours w.[illegible][guess: h] then ariſes from the white Heathen adjoining — but my hope is in God alone
There are to be ſupported thro’ the Winter in the Wilderneſs Meſsrs Kirtland & Chamberlain Miſsionar[illegible][guess: –] D Fowler & J. Johnſon ^M.r Johnſon ^ Jacob Fowler & M Mohawk S. Maſters beſides an interpreter & D.s Wife — & all to live by the penny excepting the trifles the Indians w[illegible][guess: ll] contribute — Dec.r 9. this morning I have oppery to discourſe w.h McClure he says the Warriors went as far as the onandauges. wher many got drunk & ſold themſ.s naked. two wer taken sick. one very bad, on which [illegible] before he left the Town But the bearer [illegible][guess: waits] — I'll give you a more [illegible] acc.t in my next — give Love to M.r Occom his Wife was here last Week, & all his Family well — aron is in this school & I hope will do well — My dear Brother I cant tell how much I love you farewell —
your in everlasting Bond E Wheelock