Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 May 26

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date26 May, 1772

ms number772326.2

abstractWheelock asks Occom to join the mission of McClure and Frisbie to Muskingum.

handwritingWheelock's hand is relatively formal and clear.

paperSingle sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing, and wear.

inkBrown ink is faded in spots.

noteworthyManuscript 772316.1 is a copy of this letter.

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My dear M.r Occom.
I have lately received a Long Letter from our great Friend Esq.r Thornton, in which he expreſses his wonted affection and tender Regard for your comfort as well as usefulneſs and Seems to have his Heart open for your Releif.
I have wrote him of the Appointment of Meſsrs Maccluer & Friſbie to a miſsion on mMuſkingham, about 100 miles weſt of Fort Pitts and that I would write you & propoſe to you to accompany them to a Tribe of Indians not far from Muſkingham who Speak your language. It will be very agreable to theſe young Gentlemen to have your Company as far as your way will lie together on their Miſsion, and I doubt not but it will also be very agreable to the Miſsionary whom the Board of Corriſpondents in the Jerſies Shall Send to accompany ^them^ under the Patronage of which ^Board^ these young men are to proceed, whoſe Patronage and aſsiſtance I will aillegiblelso beſpeak for you. and you Shall have the Same Reward as Shall be allowed to one of theſe.
And if you will take your Brother David with you and imploy him as a School maſter, I will give him at the Rate of £50. lawful Money p.r Annum all the while he is in that Service till he can make a Settlement among them and after that as reaſon and his neceſsities ſhall require.
I expect theſe Young Gentlemen will Set out within a month. M.r Spencer a Comittee from that Board left me about 27.th of April in order to meet the Synod at Philadelphia, with deſign to obtain M.r Duffield to accompany them in case M.r Brainerd Should not be able, who was taken Sick at New York on his way with M.r Spencer to Hartford.
I now write in Haſt becauſe I would improve this opportunity of Conveyance to you — pray let me know as soon a poſsible whether you comply with this propoſal or not. and if you conclude to go let me know what your preſent neceſsities are and what [gap: blotted_out] will be neceſsary to [illegible] advance at preſent.
If you go it will be beſt you Should have a Recommendation from
the Rev.d M.r Pomeroy as well as from me, & from any other Gentlemen of Character who are known in thoſe Provinces as you are not unſenſible of the Reports which have gone abroad of you
The Lord mercifully incline Your Heart to go forth to the Help of the Lord againſt the Powers of Darkneſs, and make your Hand Strong, & Your Spiritual Weapons mighty to the pulling down the Strong Holds of Satan.
Accept my Love to you & Mrs Occom & your Children.  and be aſsured I am
Your cordial Friend, and ready Servant Eleazar Wheelock