Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 12

Author Whitaker, Nathaniel

Date12 February, 1767

ms number767162.1

abstractWhitaker writes regarding several matters, including the slanders of the New England Company, General Lyman's progress in obtaining land, the necessity of formalizing the Charity School accounts, and the disbursement of a shipment of books. He notes that Whitefield suggests sending Indian baskets to the wives of donors, and that Occom proposes Long Island as a suitable new location for an Indian school.

handwritingHandwriting is small and crowded, yet mostly clear and legible. On two verso, the date of receipt is in Wheelock's hand; the other trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear. A tear on the outer edge of two recto/verso results in some loss of text.

noteworthyIn the last paragraph of one recto, the identity of "Young Johnson" is uncertain, and so he has been left untagged. However, he is likely John Johnson. If Whitaker's intention regarding a word or abbreviation is uncertain, the word or abbreviation has been left unmodified in the modernized transcription. The postscript is written on the crease between one verso and two recto.

signatureThe letter is signed twice, both times abbreviated.

EventsMason Land Case, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain

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Revd & dear Brother
Yours of the [illegible] I rec.d laſt night; & rejoice to finde that there are Such proſpects of succeſs among the heathen — Bleſſed be God who still reigns & doth all things well: & who brings good out of evil, & call‐eth the things that are not as tho they were. What availeth the rage of the enemies of our reigning, almighty Jeſus! it will only work for the accompliſhment of his own moſt glorious purpoſes. Why then should we be ever caſt down, or be filled with anxious fear, since we know the will of him, whoſe will is ours, if we are as we ſho’d be, will be done — even so Amen, & Amen —
Come my B.r hold out a little longer — Jeſus is coming, leap‐in on the mountains & skiping on the hills, & will, I doubt not, make the wilderneſs to echo with his praiſes. O that God may give the Amen; & make you the father of many nations that your crown of Glory may be great in yonder happy world; & may I hope to come in for a humble share thro’ the merit of our glorious Emanuel! — I am really glad you purpoſe in‐ſiſting on a coppy of Olivers letter to Mauduit: You will then see how near themy memory retained the Ideas convaid in it, which I verily believe are according to the true intent of the letter, & as near their own words as I can remember. I wrote you a long heap of stuff a few days paſt, & some things of moment — I saw G. Lyman this day; he told me that he hoped to be able in a few days to say that something is his own — but say nothing leaſt the fail; for, tho I verily believe he will gain his point if the preſent miniſtry stand, yet there seems Such a wavouring in the miniſtry, & even now talk of a change ^so^ that he will have his affair to begin anew, as it were, if this should be — He is strongly inclined to have the school with him.
Young Johnſon is come — but I need not court his friendſhip, as the cauſe is become so Strong by the formation of the truſt. Mr Keen tells me he has wrote you a coppy of the truſt, & deſired you to draw a form well guarded, & confining it as much as poſſible to the preſent plan, & to prevent any future corruptions, & git it executed
in a legal manner, & ^to^ send it over for their acceptance. I am glad he hath done this — This day Dear mr Brewer of Stepny told me he had wrote, & got a friend ^alſo ^ to write [illegible] [illegible] — & — & hopes he shall obtain. Does mr P–n say that there was nothing in that letter to mr Occoms diſadvantage? What will he say to that expreſſion — “And he (mr Occom) might still have continued in our service had he been diſpoſed, & continued faithful in the exerciſe of the duties of his function”? Aſk him if he ever was unfaithful. and, couples like caſes, moods & tenſes — I suppoſe they are Gramarians.
Alaſs! that thoſe gentlemen should uſe such a scandalous method to do what? why, to hurt a good cauſe without any advantage to them‐selves. I am perſwaded, God is greatly diſpleaſed with their conduct, & will humble them, & make them weep bitterly for it, if ever he deſigns to honour them as inſtruments of his glory in the World, & to bring them to heaven at laſt — Why do not the Miniſters to the eaſtward write, their silence will be conſtrued into an aſſent to yt letter, [illegible]by & by if they do not. MrOcc: tells me that there is a large tract of Land on Long Iſland on ye north sid not far weſt of South hold, wch was formerly offered to the Montauk Indians for Montauks, & which he thinks may be procured for a small sum which is handy for fiſh oyſters Clams, &c so that much of the youths living might be ob‐tained therefrom — salt hay eno’ for a large stock, & all the Barons of the iſland for their range in Summer — If nothing shall turn up soon, & there should be any tho’t of fixing the School near your parts, will it not be worth while to look after that land, & send the advantages of it, if they are great, or worthy conſidering. you know the good temper of Long Iſland fo[illegible]lks — Your Acc.t of dear mr Kirtland grieves me — May God preſerve his life & reſtore his health.
Bleſſed be God, your endeavours are so succeeded — you don’t tell me one word whether my family is alive or dead — When I shall return I cant gueſs. O pray for me that I may be kept from all evil, but eſpecially from sin — & that he would go before me in this work — Mr Occom is will, & gives Duty to you & all yous — pleaſe to preſent kindeſt Love to dear Madam, Rodolphus, Daughters, sons, scholars, people, &c. and accept the Same from your unworthy Brother & fellow serv.t in the bleſſe Goſpel Nathl Whitaker
The propoſals for printing a new Tranſlation of ^the^ new T. which accom‐panies this; will doubtleſs afford you some speculation. This work (which is said to be now in the preſs) is performed by the Revd mr Harwood of Briſtol, son in law to the late venerable Dr. Sam.l Chandler of London. This Gentleman is very friendly to the Indian cauſe!!! The propoſats were turned into verſe by one mr Brown a Ch. miniſter in Briſtol, & a very pious good man & pGoſpel preacher. In them you see what a state reli‐gion is in thro’ the greateſt part of England — Yet there are a few names in Sardis — May God revive his own work. Dr Gibbons is a friend indeed. He thinks it is beſt for you to write over to aſſure your friends here that you have, & will leave behind you when you shall die, a will by which all the monies which may happen then to be in your hands unexpended shall be devoted to the uſe of the school, & miſſions. This he deſires as a friend that he & others may have wherewith to anſwer objec‐tors — You had as good write to him on this head, & take no notice of my writing to you about it. I think it will be beſt to send him a coppy of the paragraft of the will wherein this is selled.
The beſt computation ^gueſs ^ I can make of the number supported by this Charity at preſent, both in your school & in the Wilderne[gap: tear][guess: ſs] tween 40 & 50 & when I am aſked how many, I anſwer that [gap: tear] know exactly, but suppoſe between 40. & 50. I therefore beg the fa[gap: tear][guess: vour] you to send me an acc.t of your numbers, how many Indians, & [gap: tear] many Engliſh — & how they are imployed, & alſo send the Truſt an acc.[gap: tear][guess: t] what you have rec.d from here, & in America, & what money is in your hands, & under what improvem.t — I send 60 of Mathew Meeds almoſt Chriſtian, & a few other Books to mrs Whitaker, the 60 coſt me 3 g.s When you have taken what you chuſe of them you may diſpoſe of the reſt to mr Breed but not under 16 ster per book, or to any one elſe you pleaſe, so that you leave 2 or 3 for me; the other books are the gift of the Book society. I hope you will not draw for any more money if you can poſſibly do with out it yet a while, & wn you do pleaſe to give the truſt an acc.t of the diſpoſal of all you have rec.d mr Keen is secretary.
Mr Whitefield says, you should have all your accounts Audited & certified under some publick seal.
It will not be long before we go into the Country toward Scolland — The spirit of giving seems somewhat over here, the thing has become old & stale; but God will do all his pleaſure — I have juſt reviſed a 2d time the appendix to the narra‐tive which I send you — You may, God enabling me, depend on my ^ut^ moſt en‐deavours to promote this Cauſe — mr Occom does not medle in Maſons affair
I am your Brother Nathl Whitaker
NB. I sent you the firſt of theſe Bills the other Day — Mr Whitefield says you should send over a number of Indian rarities. you, & no body elſe, muſt send them. Git the Indians to make a number of neat Baſkets for the ladies — Lady Dartmouth & others would be glad of such preſents & may prcure many Gunies, I wiſh you would think of any of their works which will shew their genius, & will be pleaſing to the people here, as any such things will be.
Received Ap.r 20 1767.
To The Revd Mr Eleazar Wheelock in Lebanon Connecticut. From the Rev.d M.r Whitaker Feby 1767