Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samuel Huntington, 13 May 1765

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date13 May, 1765

ms number765313.3

abstractWheelock relates the meeting of the board at which Occom and Jewett resolved their differences.

handwritingInformal handwriting is crowded and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. A tear at the bottom of the paper indicates that it was separated from a larger sheet.


noteworthyThis document appears to be a draft.

EventsMason Land Case, Jewett Controversy

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Dear Sir,
The enclosed is a Copy of short mi‐nutes of the doings of our Board of Correspondents in the case of Mr. Occom. In which the Board was unanimously agreed.
When Mr. Jewett laid in the Charge he de‐ ‐clined pursuing it, lest it should appear like a personal controversy , he also said that there were Evidences in the Case who were not here. Mr. Occom removed Mr. Jewetts objection against pursuing the charges against him both insisted that it should be delayed 'til all the Evidences could be had and showed a great desire that Everything anyBody had to allege against him should be brought to the Light — so as to leave nothing more to be said afterwards — it was then proposed that Mr. Occom should own all that Mr. Jewett Supposed any could say against him. or if there Should be any material contradiction which Should require proof we might then Adjourn. Whereupon we proceeded to a hearing and were more than a Day upon it. they agreed in their Accounts of th[illegible]ng without any material contradiction Which they did not settle and adjust between them. the consequence of which you see in the enclosed. After Mr. Jewett had
had agreed to [illegible] to Repair the Injury done Mr. Occom's Character at Boston they Shook hands, renewed their friendship, Mr. Occom told him that as fast as he could consistently he Should have proof of the Sincerity of his friend‐ship towards him, but told him that the Indians were at present against him (Mr. Jewett) that if he himself should appear open and full in it at once it would prejudice the Indians so against him as to disable him to serve them in their most important concerns and defeat the great design of his bringing them back to Mr. Jewetts ministry , which he was sincerely desirous to the proposal was agreeable and thought to be judicious
It was then moved that the writing between them relative to the Case should be all burnt and so the Hatchet forever buried — Mr. Jewett was first in gathering the Papers and called Mr. Occom to it. They both took hold of them and jointly cast them into the fire — which they were Cautioned not to burn the House down. And as I understand it, it was only on Account of the Settlement which we all hoped would be lasting that no Record to perpetuate the memory of the controversy has been hitherto made. and I apprehend that after Mr. Occom had made his Defence and submission he stand in as good a light before this Board, as ever what Mr. Occom has done or how defective Mr. Jewett was in giving the account of him I cant tell, but that the case as it was laid before us was impartially heard and determined I have no doubt. and am persuaded it will be so thought of by all impartial Judges. before we could propose no manner of advantage to ourselves or the cause by favouring him in
in Iniquity When as [illegible: [guess: we all]] knew all the affairs which we judged had been transacted upon the [illegible] [illegible: [guess: base]]. I have done every thing in my power as I had opportunity to keep Mr. Occom back from meddling in Masons Case, and we were all heartily Sorry that he wrote and Signed the Indians story with the Tribe which I suppose is the whole he has done in the case but it cant now be helped and if he had not been a minister I suppose none would have disputed his right to do it so long as he Supposed he had right and justice on his Side is — and how far high resentments in the case, or anything that looks like Endeavors to bear him down by Majoration will serve our cause at Home, or what will be their sentiments of anything of that Nature, if any should be Ill Natured enough to make Such a representation of us there, belongs to Gentlemen of Penetration to judge —
If you think best let his Honour the Governor see this Freedom of
Yours most Heartily Eleazar Wheelock
PS. please to show this letter and the enclosed to Mr. Davenport
Letter to Samuel Huntington Esq. May 13. 1765 Member of Assembly at Hartford