Aaron Kinne, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 23

Author Kinne, Aaron

Date23 June, 1768

ms number768373.1

abstractKinne writes that the Oneidas have agreed to his proposal for a more permanent ministry.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible. The trailer on one recto is in an unknown hand.

paperSingle large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

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Honoured Doctor
When I wrote last had ob‐ tained an Interpreter and was returning Home— Tuesday went to Old Oneida—a Council was called— Chiefs met — made a speech to them in which desired their Mind about receiving the Gospel— if they consented, offered to preach once a week— And to satisfy myself of their Sincerity and Friend ship, inquired what they should think about having a Minister tarry with them in a more steady way — telling them 'twas of great impor‐ tance that the Doctor Should fully know their dis position about the Gospel — that was going to send directly to New England and give an account of what they said— But some of the House being absent— refused an Answer — said in the Evening they would all be at Home, when they would consi der what had been laid before them — and send an ans‐ wer the next Morning—
Yesterday a messenger came with the Result of the Council — said they were willing and desirous of From Mr. Aaron Kinne June 23. 1768
once a Week— should be glad of a Minister to tarry with them but had not Provision — the Council determined further to consider that Matter — I told him if they thought one was coming to live with them they did not understand me — all I wanted was to know their mind fully — though, if they were engaged and behaved well, 'twas likely they would be considered — Today he came with Yesterday's Result — they and this Castle were one — they had young persons that would get drunk and then they would abuse the Minister — upon the whole if they could have preaching once a week they would be sa‐tisfied and thankful — The Chiefs of the Tribes are to Meet at Sir William's in about a Month — the Onondagas are determined not to give an Answer to their offer till then — and then in the presence of all — William has been to Canase‐ raga — to bring a Child designed for the school — the Mother said 'twas too Young — would keep it till sp[gap: blotted_out][guess: ri]ng, and send it then — Desiring the Enlargement of the Redeemer's Kingdom among the Heathen — and praying that the School may be succeeded and blessed to that End, am,
Honoured Doctor, Your most obedient and humble Servant, Aaron Kinne. Rev. Dr. Wheelock