Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1772 February 24

Author Wheelock, Eleazar

Date24 February, 1772

ms number772174.1

abstractIn response to Occom's query/admonition, Wheelock asserts that the first and most important purpose of the college is Indian education.

handwritingHandwriting is small and informal, yet mostly clear and legible.

paperSingle sheet is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear that results in some loss of text.

inkBrown-black ink is heavily faded in spots.

noteworthyThis letter is written in answer to manuscript 771424. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note “Wheelock 1772” to one verso; this note has not been included in the transcription.

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

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Rev. and dear Sir.
I've only Time amidst a continual Crowd of business to acknowledge the Receipt of Your kind favour of the 5th instant and add in answer to your question, viz. "Whether Dartmouth College is for the Indians or white people" or both equally alike."
I thought my dear sir, you had fully known my Object to be the Indians which has been invariably the Same from the first. They are also the first object in the Charter. These Lands are all given for that purpose, and will be so used for them So long as there Shall be indians upon the continent to partake of the Benefit — I have not taken a Step nor Struck a Stroke Since I have been here but with that view — In that cause I am worn out, and have now risked all my estate — The Plan is such that all the Benefit done or proposed to be done to the English is subservient in the B[gap: tear][guess: es]t Manner to the Indian cause; and greatly adds to and increases my Ability to help the Indians and that many ways, insomuch that I hope in God to be able to Support an Hundred Indians and Youths designed for Indian service on Charity in a little Time — haven't you Seen my late Narrative — You may have one at Hartford if you will Send, and in that be informed what I have been and now am about — My Heart is broken and Spirits Some‐times almost overwhelmed with the Behavior of Some I have taken unwearied pains for — perhaps God intends to waft them away from this Land — but however that may be my resolution yet continues to follow them with my Endea‐vors for them as Long as I live, and I believe in so doing I am unto God a Sweet Savor of Christ, though they all perish after all that can be done to Save them.
Governor Wentworth who is a great Friend to the cause writes me that I may expect 12. Indian Boys from St.
St. Johns next Spring — I have Sent for 20 from Canada — I expect Some from other Quarters also in the Spring — My Hope is in [illegible][guess: G]od alone and my work is with him — I had this winter the very melancholy account of your Son Aarons Death — I Sympathize with you in it and pray God to Sanctify it to you and Yours — Accept my Love to You and Mrs. Occom
I wish You to enjoy all that divine Teaching and Influence which is needful in all the pious Labors you are or may be engaged in for the upbuilding the cause of the Redeemer. And am with great Sincerity
Your hearty Friend and Servant Eleazar Wheelock