Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to, Samson Occom, 1764 August 25

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date25 August, 1764

ms number764475.3

abstractCopy of a letter in which Wheelock encloses the commission from Scotland for Occom's mission to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and advises him to find a donor to supply him with money.

handwritingHandwriting is not Wheelock’s; it is clear and legible.

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

inkDark brown ink bleeds through paper somewhat.

noteworthyThis document is a copy of 764475.4.

signatureThe signature is not Wheelock's.

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Mr. Occom, Sir.
Your Time is so short, and your business so crowding, that I can't desire such an Addition to your Bur­ den, as your coming hither again would be: I therefore take this Way to hint to you what I would say more fully if you were here
And in the first place, I suspect you will miss of seeing Mr. Kirtland on his Return from Mr. Whitefield, and also of seeing Mr. Whitefield, who I hear preached some weeks ago at Philadelphia, and consequently, you will miss of receiving any supplies which he may have got for your Journey; and if so, I advise you to represent the case to some able Friends at New York, and if you can get Supply no other Way, hire the Money of some good Friend till you return.
I herewith send you a Copy of our commission from Scotland, in order that you may show it, if you shall have occasion, to Gen. Gage, Gen. Johnson, or others.
I would have you obtain 15 or 20 Youth, if you can procure those which are likely, of remote Tribes of Indians. And if you hear that which is encouraging of good Peter at Onaquaga, and those two Boys there who were offered to the Commissioners at Boston, let them be of the Number.
There was also an English Lad with the Mohawks to learn their Tongue, before this War, who I hear is very likely: if you can obtain such an one, do it. I shall leave the Proportion of Girls to you, and Gen. Johnson, whose Advice I would have you take in everything when it may be had.
And be sure, you let all the Children, whom you bring, know that they don't come here to be without Government, nor to live a lazy sordid Life, but to be fitted for business and usefulness in the World. And I am not Afraid that you should boast of my Mohawk Boys Proficiency in very strong Terms.
And don't fail to write to me of your progress, success, and any Occurrence that may be entertaining, by every Opportunity
Opportunity, as you know Friends at Home will be glad to hear.
Send me an Account of what Labour you have or shall hire upon my Credit at Mohegan; and what you desire me to do for your Family while you are gone.
And may the God of all Grace be with you and David in all the Way whither you go, and inspire you with Wisdom, Prudence, Zeal, Courage, and holy Fortitude, and honour you to be the instrument to spread the Savour of his Name, and the Knowledge of the great Salvation, far among the Pagans.
Remember me respectfully to Friends in your Way, espe cially at New York — which with Love etc. is the needful from
Yours affectionately Eleazar Wheelock Rev. Mr. Occom
August 27th P.S. Mr. Kirtland returned last Evening, has got no Money, Mr. Whitefield is at New York. talks of going to Albany this Week if he can he will serve you, if he can't acquaint Mr. Whitaker do the best you can —
To Mr. Occom, August 25th 1764