Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Benjamin Forfitt, 1763 September 8

Author Wheelock, Eleazar[pers0036.ocp]

8 September 1763[1763-09-08]

ms number763508.1

[note (type: abstract): Wheelock writes to Forfitt thanking him for sending a chest of books for the School, and detailing troubles with the Indians that have prevented the missions of Charles Jeffrey Smith, Occom and Ashpo.][note (type: handwriting): Hand is small and crowded, though mostly legible, with several abbreviations.][note (type: paper): One large sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, yellowing and wear. There are some ink blots in the middle of the page resulting in very minor loss of text.][note (type: ink): Light brown][note (type: noteworthy): There is no signature, and the last paragraph is deleted, which suggests that this is a draft.]
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Dear Sir.
Yours of [27.th | 27th]27.th27th [Apr.l | April]Apr.lApril[1763-04-27] [laſt | last]laſtlast, came [ſafe | safe]ſafesafe with the [Cheſt | chest]Cheſtchest of Books for this School[org0098.ocp] [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. [y.e | the]y.ethe [20.th | 20th]20.th20th of [laſt | last]laſtlast month[1763-08-20]; and I take them as an [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer of Prayer, and a renewed [Teſtimony | testimony]Teſtimonytestimony of God's Favour for this Infant [Inſtitution | institution]Inſtitutioninstitution; and by God's Help I will [diſcharge | discharge]diſchargedischarge the Sacred [Truſt | trust]Truſttrust (for So I look upon it) in the [beſt | best]beſtbest manner. The Collection I [eſteem | esteem]eſteemesteem very valuable and well calcu­lated for the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign proposed. May God reward the pious Do­­nors a [thouſand | thousand]thouſandthousand fold for this and all their Abundant Charities and Labours of Love for the [periſhing | perishing]periſhingperishing Souls of men, as I [truſt | trust]truſttrust he has, and forever will your dear Brother, who was the principle [Inſtrument | instrument]Inſtrumentinstrument in procuring this Benefaction.
The [Expreſsions | expressions]Expreſsionsexpressions of [Kindneſs | kindness]Kindneſskindness in yours [refreſh | refresh]refreſhrefresh and [incourage | encourage]incourageencourage my Heart. [tho' | though]tho'though the [preſent | present]preſentpresent Rupture with the Indians has drawn a Cloud over the whole [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign, but I [truſt | trust]truſttrust it is not abiding. it looks like a dying Struggle, and I hope will prove to be the [lasſt | last]lasſtlast Effort of Satan to Secure those who have been for [ſo | so]ſoso long a Time [peacibly | peaceably]peaciblypeaceably in his Chains.
[Sam.l | Samuel]Sam.lSamuel [Aſhpo | Ashpo]AſhpoAshpo[pers0002.ocp], an Indian of the Mohegan Tribe[org0063.ocp], who has been for a Time in this School[org0098.ocp], and was examined and approved by a number of [Miniſters | ministers]Miniſtersministers of this Government [laſt | last]laſtlast May[1763-05], [Sat | set]Satset out on his [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission, [y.e | the]y.ethe [6th | 6th]6th6th of [laſt | last]laſtlast month[1763-08-06]. and as I have heard nothing from him [ſince | since]ſincesince, I conclude he has got [gap: stain] into the Indian Country. And as he [deſigned | designed]deſigneddesigned to go among them in Indian Habit, I hope he will not fall a Sacrifice to [gap: stain] their Rage. and who knows how much Good God may make him an [Inſtrument | instrument]Inſtrumentinstrument of. and if God Should mercifully [gap: stain][guess (ivys): Succeed]Succeed his Endeavours at Such a Time, when no [engliſh | english]engliſhenglish [Miſsionary | missionary]Miſsionarymissionary dares to [goe | go]goego among them, it [muſt | must]muſtmust needs [raiſe | raise]raiſeraise the Reputation of the Plan we have been [purſuing | pursuing]purſuingpursuing.
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Charles Jeffry Smith[pers0500.ocp], an excellent Youth was ordained in my Pulpit June 30.[1763-06-30] and [Sat | set]Satset out on a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission to remote Tribes. July [4.th | 4th]4.th4th[1763-07-04], was driven back from the Six Nations[org0090.ocp] to Albany[place0001.ocp], by an alarm of an Army of the Enemy approaching. but it proved to be made by a few bad Fellows among [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves and Whether [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Smith[pers0500.ocp] had [returnd | returned]returndreturned to those Nations, or not I can't tell.
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] [Sat | set]Satset out on his [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission, and, I hear, went as far as to the [Mohock | Mohawk]MohockMohawk Country[place0142.ocp] but the [Apprehenſions | apprehensions]Apprehenſionsapprehensions of Danger were Such that he returned. The Combination among the Nations is very [extenſive | extensive]extenſiveextensive, and their Rage very bitter; but by the [laſt | last]laſtlast accounts they have met with Such [Repulſes | repulses]Repulſesrepulses, as give us Hopes that they will now Soon be [diſcouraged | discouraged]diſcourageddiscouraged.
I have Sent [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [De Berdt | DeBerdt]De BerdtDeBerdt[pers0014.ocp] Some Materials by [Gen.l | Gen.]Gen.lGen. Lyman[pers0344.ocp] and [Col.o | Col.]Col.oCol. Dyar[pers0174.ocp], in order to obtain the Royal Favour of an In­­corporation, and a Grant of Lands in the Indian Country in [Favo.r | favour]Favo.rfavour of this [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign. You have likely heard or will hear Something of it. If this Suit Should be [Succeſsful | successful]Succeſsfulsuccessful, I [truſt | trust]truſttrust God will also put it into the Hearts of Friends to contribute to the Furtherance of the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign of Introducing Religion, and Learning among them and, as a means thereof to lead them into an [underſtanding | understanding]underſtandingunderstanding of Agricul­ ­ture [& | and]&and Manufacture [&c. | etc.]&c.etc.
Letter to [M r | Mr.]M rMr. [B. | Benjamin]B.Benjamin Forfitt[pers0196.ocp] [Sep.t | September]Sep.tSeptember 8. 1763.[1763-09-08]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0002.ocp Sam. l Samuel Aſhpo Ashpo mentioned Ashpo, Samuel
pers0500.ocp M. r Mr. Charles Jeffry Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery
pers0500.ocp M. r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0014.ocp M. r Mr. De Berdt DeBerdt mentioned DeBerdt, Dennys
pers0344.ocp Gen. l Gen. Lyman mentioned Lyman, Phineas
pers0174.ocp Col. o Col. Dyar mentioned Dyar, Eliphalet
pers0196.ocp M r Mr. B. Benjamin Forfitt recipient Forfitt, Benjamin

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut
place0001.ocp Albany Albany
place0142.ocp Mohock Mohawk Country Mohawk Country

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0098.ocp this School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0063.ocp Mohegan Tribe Mohegan Tribe
org0098.ocp this School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0090.ocp Six Nations Six Nations

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1763-09-08 8.th8th Sept.rSeptember 1763.
1763-04-27 27.th27th Apr.lApril
1763-08-20 y.ethe 20.th20th of laſtlast month
1763-05 May
1763-08-06 6th6th of laſtlast month
1763-06-30 June 30.
1763-07-04 July 4.th4th
1763-09-08 Sep.tSeptember 8. 1763.

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modernization Teſtimony testimony
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modernization diſcharge discharge
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