Edward Deake, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 21

Author Deake, Edward

Date21 June, 1768

ms number768371.2

abstractDeake writes that Hezekiah Calvin has returned home and is spreading stories of corruption and ill treatment at Wheelock’s school.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible. The handwriting is the same as on 765566.1, 767115.1, 767351.1, 767552, 767559, 767562.2, 767630.2, 767660.2, and possibly 767231 and 767251.

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Dear Sir
I now acquaint you that Hezekiah Calvin has been some time among the Indians in this place, and does not Design to return to you any more, but is going to Newport to get a passage to Philadelphia. — Has also, given your School a bad character.— that you use the Indians very hard in keeping of them to work, and not allowing them a proper privilege in the School, — that you have took from him his Silver Watch, and shoe buckles with other things which his Father gave him, — that there is large quantities of Rice, coffee, flour and Sugars sent from the corporation in Scot­land to support the Indians in your School, which you Sell, together with the clothes which are sent, and diet, and clothe them with That that's mean. — That the best clothes he has his Father gave him. — That Mary Secutor, and Sarah Simon has been kept on close to work, as if they were your Slaves, and have had no privilege in the School † nor one Copper allowed them for their Labour. — That Mary asked for a small piece of Cloth to make a pair of Slippers, which you would not allow her, — it was too good for Indians etc.. — That James Simon is to be Bound to a Farmer. — That you wont give no more of the Indians more learning than to Read, and Write — it will make them Impudent; for which they are all about to leave you. — So that the Indians are ready to conclude, that their Fellow-Indians will never receive any great Bene­fit of the Large sums of Money contributed by good People, to promote so good a Cause. †Since last Fall,
From, Sir your humble servant Edward Deake
P.S. The above has not entered my Heart as Truth.
I write in haste, Hope you'll excuse me. Edward Deake.
Mr. Edward Deakes June 21. 1768
To the Rev. Dr. Eleazar Wheelock in Lebanon