David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21

Author McClure, David

Date21 May, 1770

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abstractMcClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.


noteworthySignature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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Rev. and Honoured Sir,
In a Conversation Sir Avery and I had with Mr. Occom this Vacancy at Mohegan some things passed which I esteem my Duty to inform the Doctor of, and which I imagine he would choose to under­ stand — After Mr. Occom had made some inquiry concerning the State of School, of which he seemed to be pretty ignorant — he informed us that he had been desirous and still was to write home to his Friends in England and particularly to some of the Gentlemen of the Trust — and that the only Reason of his not writing was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­ ing the State of the School as Friends there would expect that from him if he wrote, and as the School is at present constituted he imagined an account of it would not be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor answer their Expectations — He complained, but in a friendly manner, that the Indian was converted into an English School and that the English had crowded out the Indian Youths — he instanced in one Symons
Rev. Doctor Wheelock
a likely Indian who came to get admittance but could not be admitted because the School was full — He supposed that Gentlemen in England thought the School at present was made up chiefly of Indian Youth and that should he write and inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it would give them a disgust and jealousy that the Charities were not ap­ plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors and Benefactors, which was to educate Indians chiefly I told him the Doctor, I was pretty certain, was ready to admit any likely, promising Indians, and to fit them for School­ masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had already educated in general made so poor improvement of their Learning, that the Doctor I imagined was in a measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher characters than those mentioned — And that such being the Case with the Indian Youth, it would be more agreeable to the Benefactors to the School to have their Charity im­ proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause viz. by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further mentioned some things respecting Doctor Whitaker, which I imagine the Doctor would choose to know — particularly his talking much about State and national Affairs which had turned many Gentlemen who were his Friends to become his Enemies — that he had often talked with the Doctor on the Head and advised him to let National Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —
that when the Doctor left England he had not six Friends in London — the Gentlemen of the Trust asked Mr. Occom at Table publicly what made them send over Doctor Whitaker — whether Doctor Wheelock and the Board on this side the Water were all such men as the Doctor — and that if they knew them to be such men they would either return the money collected to its Donors or put it into the Court of Chancery The Gentlemen of the Trust engaged Mr. Occom to write particularly of the School and the Disposal of the monies collected in England — and that he tried to excuse himself from writing, and I think he said they would not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate a jealousy imbibed from Doctor Whitaker's Conduct or something else — and the only Reason he gave us of his not writing was the necessity he was under if he wrote to inform them particularly of the School, which they insisted upon — Such Rev. Sir, was the Representation he made to us, which he informed us he had not made known fully to the Doctor but designed to the first Interview —  Permit me, sir, to express my warmest and most dutiful Wishes for your Health, and Prosperity in Your great and benevolent Design, and to manifest how much, I am Rev. and Honoured Sir,
Your very dutiful and much obliged  humble Servant — David McClure
From David McClure May 27— 1770—
To— The Reverend— Eleazar Wheelock D.D. In New England per favor} Mr. Woodward}