Aaron Kinne, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 23

Author Kinne, Aaron

Date23 June, 1768

ms number768373.1

abstractKinne writes that the Oneidas have agreed to his proposal for a more permanent ministry.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible. The trailer on one recto is in an unknown hand.

paperSingle large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


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Hon..d D..r
When I wrote last had ob‐ tained an Interpreter & was returning Home— Tuesday went to O. Onida—a Council was calld— Chiefs met — made a speech to them in which desired [illegible]their Mind about receiveing the Gospel— if they conſented, offer'd to preach once a week— And to satiſfy myſelf of their Sincerity & Friend ship, enquired what they should think about having a Minister tarry with them in a more steady way — telling them 'twas of great impor‐ tance that the D.r Should fully know their dis position about the Gospel — that was going to send directly to N England & give an account of what they said— But some of the House being absent— refused an Answer — said in the Evening they would all be at Home, when they would consi der what had been laid before them — & send an ans‐ wer the next Morning—
Yesterday a Meſsenger came with the Result of the Council — said they were willing & desirous of
[left]From M.r Aaron Kinne June 23. 1768
once a Week— should be glad of a Minister to tarry with them but had not Provision — the Council determined further to consider that Matter — I told thim if they tho't one was coming to live with them they did not understand me — all I wanted was to know their mind fully — tho', if they were engaged & behaved well, 'twas likely they would be considered — To day he came with Yesterday's Result — they & this Castle were one — they had young Perſons that would get drunk & then they would abuse the Mindister — upon the whole if they could have preaching once ^a week^ they would be sa‐ tiſfy'd & thankful — The Chiefs of the Tribes are to Meet at S.r William's in about a Month — the Onondagaes are determin'd not to give an Answer to their offer till then — & then in the presence of all — William has been to Canase‐ raga — to bring a Child designed for the school — the Mother said 'twas too Young — would keep it till sp[gap: blotted_out][guess: ri]ng, & send it then — Desiring the Enlargement of the Redeemer's Kingdom among the Heathen — & praying that the School may be succeeded & bleſs'd to that End, am,
Hon,,d Doct.r, Your most obedient & humble Servant, Aaron Kinne. ^[bottom]Rev..d D.r Wheelock^