Samuel Finley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 June 3

AuthorFinley, Samuel

Date3 June, 1765

ms number765353

abstractFinley writes that Ralph Wheelock has been working steadily for the school, and that Occom should have more polishing before traveling to Great Britain.

handwritingInformal handwriting is bold and legible, though letter case is occasionally difficult to discern.

paperLarge sheet with multiple folds is in good-to-fair condition, with light staining and wear, and light-to-heavy creasing. There is some repair work along particularly heavy creases.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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My dear and Rev. brother,
I thank you for Yours of April. 25th, now before me. I have just been writing your son's dismission and Recommendation to Mr. President Clap: in which I have apologized for his Delay. I farther thank you for your favourable Acceptance of my honest Endeavours to do him good, to which Duty bound me, and for which I am not entitled to that gratitude which your kind disposition excites you to express.
He has been very assiduous, with my Approbation, in trying to procure Benefactions for the School, for which he has been twice at Philadelphia [illegible][guess: ;] and I dare Say, the want of desired success was not owing to any want of industry in him.
As to Mr. Charles J. Smith's being sent on a mission with Mr. Occom to England, I can just Say, I esteem him as an excellent Man, an excellent minister; but have not Sufficient personal Acquaintance with him, to judge whether he would be fittest for Such a mission: yet I know of None, who can be obtained, whom I think more Suitable. But from what I hear, I judge a good deal of Pains Should be taken to polish Mr. Occom for an Appearance at Home, especially as to his compositions and Delivery: for
the School will be judged of by that Specimen, as it will be commonly concluded, that according to custom, you Set the best Foot foremost; yet I am told, you have Some, who after a while, would appear to more advantage. Whoever goes Should have a very accurate Knowledge, not only of the State of your School, but of Indian-, and American affairs in general; for it will be expected he Should be able to give Satisfactory answers to all questions put on those affairs. Therefore, I would be afraid of making more haste than good speed.
I presume to Speak thus as a Friend, at the Same time that I take for granted, your Superior Knowledge as to all these things. If I exceed decent Bounds, I have this Apology, that I write in a Hurry. amidst continual Interruptions.—
But this I can Say truly, that I am
.Your affectionate brother and humble servant Samuel Finley Rev. Mr. Wheelock
from Rev. Samuel Finley DD. of June 3. 1765.
To the Rev. Mr. Eleazar Wheelock In Lebanon Connecticut per son—
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