Theophilus Chamberlain, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 September 10

Author Chamberlain, Theophilus

Date10 September, 1767

ms number767510

abstractChamberlain offers an account of his debts accrued as a missionary and argues that he should not owe any money to Wheelock's School.

handwritingHandwriting is small though mostly clear and legible. Letter case is often difficult to discern, especially with regard to the letters S and D. Summary of "rec'd" and "paid" is in a different, unknown, hand.

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

inkDark brown.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on two recto, not one recto.

noteworthyIt is uncertain to which organization Chamberlain refers when he mentions the "Boston Board," and so this organization has not been tagged. It is likely the New England Company.

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Revd Sir
Yours of the 9th of July I received Some Time in Auguſt and might have come and Seen you but that riding still hurts me. I am a little Surpriſed at the Contents conſidering the Converſation I had with you juſt as I came from your houſe and Some other Things. am however willing to do the beſt I can to give Satisfaction. as for being able to pay somuch Money am not and it is likely never Shall be, as I am obliged in Conſcience to profeſs the Religion calld Sandeman; the preach=ing of which is not attended with Profit in ye Senſe of the World. am willing rather than trouble myself farther to reſign up moſt of my Books to you which may perhaps amount to 10^£^ or 12^£^, yet am perſwaded that had you alowed me to have gone in the Service of the Boſton Board when I aſked it, I Should have been quite clear and conſiderable more. with Regard to the laſt Sum received at Capt Buttlers, it ought to be conſidered that I went up the June before laſt with but about 8^£^ more than I then owed, that I received but between 3^£^ and 4^£^ more till I returned in the Spring, that I hired an Interpreter moſt of this Time; had Jacob folowers Board to pay for moſt of it and many other thing for him, as I have an Account of 9^£^..0s..2d which I paid and run in Debt for him in four Months Time; had Calvin or Moſes likewiſe [illegible] ^moſt of^ the Time to Supply. had a horſe to buy and ride back=ward and forward with an Interpreter to fort hunter. conſidering theſe things it cant be Strange that I was nigh 80^£^ Y.M. in Debt which was in fact the caſe. My principle Debts were Wm Sabers, my Landlord H[illegible]ch[illegible]mans, my Interpreter Capt Buttlers and Cpt [illegible][guess: Kanynes], which amounted to above 70^£^. Beſide theſe owed a Number of little Debts, a perticular  account
of which ^I^ have not got; but as near as I can now recollect the whole amounted to 79^£^ beſide the Charge of my laſt Journey. The Money I had of Capt Buttler was if I dont misſtake 8^£^ Y. M and had 5^£^ L.M. when I left you. I have here given the beſt account I can of my Debts unleſs I was to make a Journey up the River on purpoſe
With Regard to what I calld and Stil call a Diſcovery, my Expenſes were somthing extraordinary upon that ac=count, perhaps more than the Circumſstances of the Affair will now Seem to vindicate in your Mind; Though had it Succeeded as I and others expected I Should have met with no dificulty from that Quarter. Am now too-much out of humor with the World and too much engaged in somthing elſe to proſecute Scheemes of that Nature, or that Invention might Still anſwer me Some worldly Purppoſe. am now willing to make known the Affair to you, if firſt you will engage to make no uſe of it nor to Diſcover it, till you have firſt given me Sufficent Security that I Shall receive no more trouble from what you Suppoſe I owe to the School. When you have heard and examined it you may then determine for yourself whether the Proſpect of Benifit from it is equal to that of getting somthing from one who will never have any thing to pay. If Sir you dont like any of my propoſals, pleaſe to inform me what I shall do. In the mean Time I remain
Rev,d Sir your Servant Theoph Chamberlain
PS, Will send you as soon as I can draw them out the Reaſons why I ought not to be made debtor to the School.
At South Hadley 10th Septm, 1767 To M.r E. Wheelock
To Rev,d Eleazer Wheelock in Lebanon
[top]From the Rev.d M.r Chamberlain Sep.r 1767
Recd June before last more y.n he ow.d £8— before he returnd in ye Spring.- 3 − 10— of Cap.t Butler 60— when he went from here} 5— last spring . . . }  ____________  £ 76..10 LM
paid for Jo.s Johnſon £9..8..2 Horse ߞ 14ߞ Sundry Debts ߞ 79ߞ York Money £102..8..2 [illegible]  25..12..[illegible][guess: ½]  ___________ Lawful Money £76.16..1 ½ besides Calvin & Moses to supply & charge of his last Journey & extraordinary Expense about his discovery ߞ all paid by £76..10