Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 November 28

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date28 November, 1767

ms number767628.1

abstractWheelock writes of the serious trouble caused by Whitaker’s dealings with Nathaniel Eells. He also posits that Ralph Wheelock’s ability to manage Indians would make him his father's best successor.

handwritingInformal handwriting is small, crowded and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperSingle small sheet is in poor condition, with heavy creasing, staining and wear, which results in some loss of text. The paper has been heavily reinforced.

inkBrown ink is faded.

noteworthyThe contents of this document are nearly identical to those of manuscript 767628.4, which is a copy of this original. The remnants of the seal cover some text; guesses as to the illegible text are based on the contents of the copy. The sons of Whitaker and Occom mentioned by Wheelock in the closing on one verso are James Whitaker and Aaron Occom.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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My dear Brother
How glad should I be to see you, but I patiently wait 'till God has done with you where you are. The imprudent Letters which [illegible] ^were wrote^ you by M.r E[illegible]s have occaſioned me much Trouble. and seemed for a while as tho' they would unhinge the whole Affair — I charitably. beleive he ment no more than to purſue the Plan laid by our Board of Com̅iſsioners before you Saild, and to take that Advantage of Trade which Somebody muſt have upon that Plan, and why not he as well as another? Yet the Letters as they appeard were shocking indeed. I knew nothing of them 'till I had the Copie of ^them^ by M.r Keen, with an adviceillegible that my Bill in Favour of M.r Breed was proteſted, on that acco.t — I had no other Refuge but God alone. it occaſioned me a long, tedious, & fruitleſs, Journey to Portsmouth, before I had recovered from a fit of sickneſs so as to be able to ride 20 miles in a Day. but God has helped me through all, and the Cauſe has not Suffered greatly by it, on this ſide the Water — But I ſuſpect there is yet Some Jealouſies remaining in the Mind, [gap: hole][guess: o]f the Gentlemen of the Truſt which it concerns you fully to remove. M.r E–s wrote ^M.r Whitefield that^ which I hoped would be Satis- -factory [gap: hole][guess: b]ut have never heard wheth.r[illegible] it reached him —  M.r K[gap: hole][guess: ee]n writes me that it is generally underſtood & that you have declared that the Truſt have right to ^pay or^ protest Bills as they Shall think Adviſable; but I preſume you hant well digested that matter; beſure you ha'n't had the Experience which I have very timeouſly had of the Danger, and Riſque upon that Plan, nor do I know who you will find willing to be an Agent on this ſide the water, upon that Plan, so long as his own Intereſt is pawnd to defray all charges.  The Gentlemen of the Truſt Shewed a laudible, & truly chriſtian Integrity towards the Redeemers cauſe; as the matter appeared to them. I never blamed them so much as in a Thought tho' I was myſelf so [gap: hole][guess: gr]eat and the only Sufferer. But I can aſsure you I did not
not always feal as I should, while I was daily expecting the proteſted Bill, and tho't on all the Conſequences which would likely to enſue [illegible] the support of the Miſsionaries, who aſk for no other Reward for their services, muſt be sure. I think that leſs than that can't be right, nor pleaſing to God; unleſs they were able and willing to Support themſelves. And I dont see how the Affair can be accomodated without an Incorporation, or at leaſt a Truſt here. — I have been turning my Tho'ts and weighing every man man within my Acquaintance, and deſign Soon to fix upon a number and make a New Will and submit it to the cenſures of my Hond Patrons the Gentlemen of the Truſt.  My son Ralph after ſuch a long and dark Cloud as he has been under with reſpect to his health, has now a proſpect of enjoying that Bleſsing to a good Degree. He is in high Spirits for Indian Affairs, he under‐‐ſtands that Buſineſs, and has a Tallent at governing Indians beyond any man I can imploy. I don't know what God intends for him, but at preſent he is a Comfort & Help to me. it may be he will be the man to conduct this Affair when I have done. Indeed I know of no man at preſent who can do it better. but I wait upon God to dire[gap: tear][guess: ct] [illegible][guess: and I] Love to wait, & hope and truſt in him alone. [illegible][guess: Your and] M.r Occoms Sons with me are well Your Family were so n[gap: tear][guess: ot long ago.] give my Love to M.r Occom I want to See him, dos he k[gap: tear][guess: eep] [illegible][guess: clear of] that Indian Diſtemper, Pride. if you ſee anything of it, ad[gap: tear][guess: vise] him that he had better have a Rattle Snake in his Boſom. I do[gap: tear][guess: n't] write this becauſe I suppose he is worſe than myſelf but becau[gap: tear][guess: se] I have known So much of the Miſchiefs of that Evil & know his Temp- -tations to be very great. oh! watch and pray.  My dear Brother, I love you right well. and [gap: tear][guess: a]m
Yours in the dear Jesus Eleazar W[gap: tear][guess: he]elock
P.S. I truſt you will See my Letters herewith tranſmitted to the Truſt & to M.r Whitefield. to which I referr you for Intelligence. My Phyſician Say I muſt Soon quitt all unleſs I will abate of my continual Labour but what Shall I do? I im[gap: tear][guess: p]loy one pen beſides my own continually and Sometimes two, and have Done ſo for many months.
[bottom][gap: tear] [illegible] Wheelo[gap: tear][guess: ck] [gap: tear][guess: 17]67 concerning the [gap: tear][guess: co]nduct of the ye Truſt in [gap: tear][guess: ac]quiring a deed of truſt