David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21

Author McClure, David

Date21 May, 1770

ms number770321

abstractMcClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.

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


noteworthySignature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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Rev.d and Hon.d Sir,
In a Conversation Sir Avery & I had with M.r Occom this Vacancy at Mohegan some things paſs'd which I esteem my Duty to inform the Doctor of, & which I imagine he wou'd chuse to under­ stand — After m.r Occom had made some Enquiry concerning the State of School, of which he seem'd to be pretty ignorant — he inform'd us that he had been desirous & still was to write home to his Friends in England & particularly to some of the Gentlemen of the Trust — and that the only Reason of his not writing was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­ ing the State of the School as Friends there would expect that from him if he wrote, and as the School is at present constituted he imagined an Acco.t of it would ^not^ be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor anſwer their Expectations — He complain'd, but in a friendly manner, that the Indian was converted into an [illegible]English School & that the [illegible]English had crouded out the Indian Youths — he instanced in one Symons
Rev.d Doctor Wheelock
a likely Indian who came to git admittance but coud not be admitted because the School was full — He supposed that Gentlemen in England tho't the School at present was made up cheifly of Indian Youth & that should he write & inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it wou'd give them ^a^ disgust & Jealosy that the Charities were not ap­ plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors & Benefactors, which was to educate Indians cheifly I told him the Doctor, I was pretty certain, was ready to admit any likely, promising Indians, & to fit them for School­ masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had already educated in general made so poor improvement of their Learning, that the Doctor I imagin'd was in a measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher Charecters than those mentioned — And that such being the Case with the Indian Youth, [illegible] it would be more agreeable to the Benefactors to the School to have their Charity im­ proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause viz.t by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further mentioned some things respecting Doctor W–r, which I imagine the Doctor would chuse to know — particularly his talking much about State & national Affairs which had turn'd many Gentlemen who were his Friends to become his Enemies — that he had often talk'd with the Doctor on the Head & advised him to let National Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —
that when the Doctor left England he had not ſix Friends in London — the Gentlemen of the Trust asked M.r Occom at Table publickly what made them send over Doctor Whitaker — whether Doctor Wheelock & the Board on this side the Water were all such men as the Doctor — & that if they knew them to be such men they would either return the money collected to its [illegible]Donors or put it into the Court of Chancery The Gentlemen of the Trust engaged M.r Occom to write particularly of the School & the Disposal of the monies collected in England — & that he tried to excuse himself from writing, & I think he say'd they wou'd not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate a Jealosy imbibed from Doctor W–r's Conduct or something else — & the only Reason he gave us of his not writing was the Neceſsity he was under if he wrote to inform them particularly of the School, which they insisted upon — Such Rev.d Sir, was the Representation he made to us, which he informed us he had not made known fully to the Doctor but design'd to the first Interview —  Permit me, ſir, to expreſs my warmest & most dutiful Wishes for your Health, & Prosperity in Your great and benevolent Design, & to manifest how much, I am Rev.d & Hon.d Sir,
Your very dutiful & much obliged  humble Servant — David Maccluer
From David Maccluer May 27— 1770—
To— The Reverend— Eleazar Wheelock D.D. In New England ⅌ favor} M.r Woodward}