George Whitefield, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 9

Author Whitefield, George

Date9 February, 1767

ms number767159.4

abstractWhitefield strongly urges Wheelock to detail the school's accounts and send them to the Trust. He also notes his disapproval of the arrangement with Mr. Eells, and discusses other Charity School business.

handwritingHandwriting is heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is preservation work on particularly heavy creases.


noteworthyOn one recto, in the second sentence, "Ebenzer" is a reference to 1 Samuel 7:12. There are three trailers, each in a different hand.

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My Dear Friend
With all humility & gratitude of heart let us set up our Ebenezer— Hitherto aſsuredly the Lord hath helped— The trust is settled— Be pleased to send an immediate let‐ter of thanks with Your full approbation of what hath been ^done^ and an earnest desire that they w.d continue to act according to their present most agreeably concerted plan— But how came You to draw for so many hundreds this last Year? And why no account of the Disbursments. This must be annually and punctually remitted— I hope no money is lodged in Traders hands
If so, it must be drawn out expended and accounted for before any more will be transmitted— All letters must now be sent to M.r Robert Keen Woollen Draper in the Mino‐ries— He is so kind as to act as Secretary and Deputy Trea‐surer at least for One Year— Surely never was there a more unexceptionable disinterested set of Trustees in the world— All may well join in saying, What hath God wrought! I want to know who hath wrote either against M.r Whitaker or Occum— I hope they have not wrote against each other— The former is unpolish'd & forward— But as He hath had and will have a set of Good Councellors He will goe through very well— He is some what improv'd since His arrival— He is certainly very indefatigble— But I think the scheme concerted with M.r Eels &c very iniquitous and exceedingly imprudent— Occum still attracts the approbation of all— He really behaves wiell— Only I wish His continuance in England may not spoil him for the wilderneſs— Kirkland shines
there & deserves peculiar notice— Is He or M.r Whitaker to be the Succeſsor nominated in Your Will?— Or would You refer the Nomination to the Trust and only mention One to act till approv'd of by them? I believe You will find Pious Youths without a great Parade of Claſsical & College learning the best Miſsionaries— God direct about the scituation of the School!— I am all for Connecticut— There this Institution hath been most encouraged— There it took its riſe— There it will be most visible— There most secure— But if such sums are drawn for Annually ^as have been drawn for this last Year^ after the Land Buildings &c are paid for where will be a remaining Fund? In a day or two, God willing, I shall see General Lyman, and then shall confer with all concern'd more particularly about it— Write me Your private sentiments & I will take care to improve them— Excuse great haste— I Having scarce time to subscribe myself my Dear Friend
Yours &c in the name of Jesus of Nazareth GW
Rev. G. Whitefield, Feb. 9, 1767. From The Rev:d M.r G Whitefield Feby 1767
[right]Boston May 5th 1767 Receivd & Forwardd ⅌ fr yr Most Humble Ser Jona Mason
For the Rev:d M:r Eleazer Wheelock In Lebanon
[bottom]To The Rev.nd M.r Wheelock