Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1771 January 22

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date22 January, 1771

ms number771122

abstractWheelock expresses sorrow at Occom’s repeated and aggravated falls from virtue. He writes that if Occom and his brother-in-law David will go on a mission, Wheelock will give David as much as any schoolmaster sent by the Boston Commissioners.

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noteworthyContents are identical to those of 771122.1, which is a copy of this document.

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My dear M.r Occom.
Perhaps you little think what pain & Sorrow of Heart I have had on hearing of your repeated & aggravated fall, but I am comforted a little with the Hope that God has given You Repentance, but I conclude, unleſs the manifeſtation of your Repentance has been very public, clear, Strong & evident to every body, your usefulneſs is near at an End where you are. and it may be one deſign of God in leaving you thus to fall has been to reprove your Staying at home, and in a Sort compell you to go abroad among remote Tribes, or else quit your Miniſtry, which I conclude you will never be eaſie in doing while the Nations are lying in wickedneſs and periſhing for lack of viſion. You may remember I early mentiond to you, your going among the Onondagas, or some other Nation there in that quarter, and Said Something about your taking your Brother David & Settling your Families in that Country, and I felt Some concern that you declind it as I thought and have always feard yt you was not ſo usefully imployed as you might be among remote tribes. M.r Woodward informs me of your having underſtood me otherwiſe, which muſt certain -ly have been through Some miſtake. — I also always beleived your Brother David did wrong in leaving that Cauſe in the wilderneſs where he was So acceptable, & had So wide a Door opened to him for usefulneſs.  I now propose to You & him that if you will remove and Settle in any of the Tribes where you may find the beſt Proſpect of usefulneſs, I will allow him as much as any of the Schoolmaſters have who are imployed among any of the Tribes on the Sea Shore, by the Boſton Commiſsioners; and will do for you what Shall be reaſonable, and will provide a good Interpreter to go with you in the Spring.
pleaſe to let me See you or hear from you as Soon as poſsible.  It is an aſtoniſhing [gap: tear] of God's Grace & the outpouring of his Spirit upon this Seminary, here you may See the begin- -ing and budding of the [gap: tear][guess: New] Jeruſalem. the firſt appearance of it was upon our getting into a Settled and quiet State about a month ago. the affairs of this Seminary never lookd with so joyful and incouraging an aſpect, before, as they now do I hope in a little Time you will have opportunity to See ſcores of your Tawney Brethren, nouriſhed by the Breaſts of this Alma Mater. —  I cant tell yo What lo[gap: tear][guess: a]ds of Sorrow I have been bowed down under, on acco.t of the falls & miſcarriages of So many on whom I had dependance under God as Inſtruments to help forward the great Deſign before me. God has been my Helper or I Should have Sunk inddeed under the weight — My dear friend, I have had, & born loads on your accot I long to know whether God has truly opend your Eyes to See the wound you have given the Bleſsed Redeemer? and whether you have & do look upon him whom you have peirced, & morn for what you have done as for an only Son? and what Revenge you are exerciſing upon & towards your Self in a way of Self denial and croſs bearing? my dear Friend dont now add to the offence by Setting down diſcouraged and Say there is no hope of your Future usefulneſs. no my Friend reſolve on Revenge on your Luſts, & eſpecially your Pride, and upon the father & Author of them. My Heart akes for you enough to beſmear this Paper with my Hearts Blood if that were a proper way to expreſs my Sorrow, and a way that would do you any good — but I conclude with Love to you and your wife. and am, for Chriſts Sake
Your much wounded, & Afflicted  Friend & Servant Eleazar Wheelock