Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Robert Keen, 1767 October 16

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date16 October, 1767

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abstractWheelock says he is drawing money from the Trust in England, and urges Keen to relay its reaction to Wheelock's accounts. He writes about Brainerd's mission to Muskingum, Kirkland's mission to the Oneidas, Phineas Dodge and Joseph Johnson's schools in Oneida, and an "extraordinary and preternatural" occurrence, which he does not disclose.

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Dear M.r Keen.
Not a line from you ſince yours of March 23.d & yo may gueſs whether I'[illegible] not almoſt Impatient to know whether thoſe noble and worthy Gentlemen of y.e Truſt are well Setiſfied with the Accots &c which I have tranſmit‐ted —
I hoped to have heard from y.o before I ſho.d be neceſsi‐‐tated to draw any more Bills, but by the encloſed you will See Such openings in Providence as muſt be em‐braced, what ever Incroachments are made upon the Capital— And I have accordingly Signd a Bill in Favou^r^ of Mſsrs Danl & [illegible]Joſhua Lathrop for £140 Sterling. which I have recived, and pray you to Honour. And expect to Sign another in Favour of M.r Aſahel Clark, as Soon as my Accotts with him can be Settled.
A few Days ago I rec.d a Letter from M.r Brainerd adviſing that he is preparing for his proposed Miſsion to the Ohio (ie to Muſkangham) early next ſpring but cant get Suppties either for the Support of a Compan‐ion or School Maſter — but depends upon me to do it or ye Miſsion muſt drop. I am of opinion it muſt be purſued — The Rev.d M.r Buell told me laſt week, that M.r Beaty told him, that there were not leſs than 40 under deep, and So far as he cod See genuine convictions when he & M.r Duffells left them laſt Spring year.
I gave you a Hint of Something extraordinary and preternatural, preparitory to the Introduction of those Gentlemen — and I wod have Served you with a particular & Circumſtantial Acco.t of it before now had not ye Letter faild in which it was. I expect it Soon, and will Serve you with it as Soon as I can, unleſs the Report that M.r Beaty ais gave to England be  confirm^d^
confirmd by whom you may have the original
I have been hoping every Day according to the Encouragment heretofore given, to receive a ſupply of cloathing for my School & Miſsionaries, from Home — I much regrett the Extraordinary Expence of cloathing them at our Merchants Shops.
I informd you in a late Litter of M.r Kirtlands deſign to make Application to our Gen.l Aſsembly for aſsiſtance in Setting up Huſbandry among his Indians — but the preſent favourable Appear‐‐ances among his people have determined him not to leave them till next Spring.
Two Days ago M.r Dodge & Joseph Johnſon Sat off in order to take ye [illegible] Schools at y.e two Towers in Onoida.
Give my beſt Regards to good ^dear^ M.r Smith if he be yet with you — pleaſe to let him & M.r Whitefield See the incloſed.
And if M.r Whitefield be from home, I give you leave to open mine to him, but with Such Caution in the use of [illegible]what I write as ye nature of ye Caſe requires, & your Prudence Shall dictate.—
We have a Rumour that M.r Whitaker & Mr Occom are in Ireland. if they be with you let them receive all as tho' wrote to thim with my their families are well.
My Hond & dear ſir, pray for
 Yours in the glorious Im̅anuel Eleazar Wheelock
[right]Letter to M.r R: Keen Oct.r 16th 1767