Samuel Savage, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 March 5

Author Savage, Samuel

Date5 March, 1768

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abstractSavage writes to Wheelock applauding his work and Whitaker’s efforts, hoping Occom will not be spoiled by the attention, distrusting the trustees’ management of the funds, and notifying him of a chest of books he has sent for use at the Indian Schools.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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Rev. and Dear Sir
I owe you a letter of a long Standing. but a backwarding to writing and other avocations. have hitherto hindered: but could not let this opportunity Slip without Sending you a line...
the great concerns you have for the cause of the redeemer and the Spread of the everlasting Gospel hath made me love you: though I never Saw you nor is it likely I ever Shall. in the present State. but hope to Meet you in King Jesus'. upper house: where we shall See as we are Seen and know as we are known — when I heard of Dr. Whitaker and Mr. Occom's coming it gave me pleasure but much more When I heard and Saw them!: Dr. Whitaker hath been indefati­ gable in going about to collect money in city and Country and Executed this work with great diligence prudence zeal and faithfulness: and honour: it also added much to the success of it that Mr. Occom (the Indian) was with him: as a fruit (under god) of your labour: and whom the Lord hath done great things for.., and for whom many here bless god = but the poor indian hath been So caressed and Such respect Shown him even by the great and Noble. that I have been afraid the good man sometimes hath almost forgot what he was —.— it is a great mercy to be kept Sitting at the feet of Jesus;— I hope he will be kept So Dear Sir I Esteem the cause in which you are engaged to be great and glorious and So do many here: [illegible]; but it is not without its Enemies for Satan hath been Stirring up all his force that he, hath been suffered to do against it: to Speak evil of it and of those that where engaged in it. even those from whom we Should have expected better things: but when they dig a pit for others they may happen to fall in it their Selves —.
I am glad to find by yours and Mr. Kirtlands letters as likewise by your Sons Journal to Mr. Kirtland. that the work goes on with Such success. I pray the Lord may prosper it more and more.—
I hope ways and means will be found for you So to proceed as to have Occasion for all the money that is collected in England, while we continue to live: for Methink I Should be Sorry to leave any of it to another generation— for I See Such a fickleness in the minds of Some of those who. like to have the management of it that I Should be glad it could be (with honour) drawn out of their hands and I wish that whenever you write to the trustees it may be in the most Solemn and Close manner (as also to give us all the encouragement you can of the success of the cause:) that none may dare to oppose or hinder you in your plans or designs that you may think best for the carrying out the work:; but that every one of us may be Obliged to Say: to Straiten or to Stop your hands would be to fight against god —
Dear Sir I hope these lines will find you in health both in Soul and body as also your whole family for whom I have. (in a Chest of books which are coming to you:) Sent a piece of striped camblet of our manufacture 60 yards which may be of use to Mrs. Wheelock and your daughters etc. and family. — I need not Say I Shall be glad of a line from you whenever it suits— these books which are in the Chest: are: 100 of Baptist Saints rest: a present from Rev. Mr. Benjamin Fawcett of Kidderminster in Worstershire: and many Sermons and pamphlets. from Mrs. Brine: widow of the late Rev. Mr. John Brine. of london.
all for the use of the Schools. etc. : at your discretion and Some are of Dr. Whitakers and Some Mr. Occom's..— they will know their own, and: now dear Sir I think I must take my leave of you for the present least I weary you with my scribble: wishing and praying that great Grace may be upon you all — I remain yours in the Purest
Bonds of Christian love Samuel Savage.
PS. Perhaps you may think that what we have allowed Dr. Whitaker is but small:— in which I cannot but join with you — I would fain have had it Doubled but they would not admit of it: a Very small consideration for two years and half absence from his family and Such a constant [illegible][guess: scene] of labour and fatigue as he hath gone through.:
I am dear Sir once more your  friend and servant for Christ Sake  S. S —
From Mr. Samuel Savage  March 5th 1768
For Rev. Dr. Wheelock  shere