Samuel Finley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 June 3

AuthorFinley, Samuel[pers0192.ocp]

3 June 1765[1765-06-03]

ms number765353

[note (type: abstract): Finley writes that Ralph Wheelock has been working steadily for the school, and that Occom should have more polishing before traveling to Great Britain.][note (type: handwriting): Informal handwriting is bold and legible, though letter case is occasionally difficult to discern.][note (type: paper): Large sheet with multiple folds is in good-to-fair condition, with light staining and wear, and light-to-heavy creasing. There is some repair work along particularly heavy creases.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.]

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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My dear [& | and]&and [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Br | brother]Brbrother,
I thank you for Yours of April. [ | 25th]25.th25th, now before me. I have [juſt | just]juſtjust been writing your [ſon | son]ſonson[pers0578.ocp]'s [Diſmiſſion | dismission]Diſmiſſiondismission [& | and]&and Recommendation to [mr | Mr.]mrMr. [Preſidt | President]PreſidtPresident Clap[pers0127.ocp]: in which I have [apologizd | apologized]apologizdapologized for his Delay. I farther thank you for your favourable Acceptance of my [honeſt | honest]honeſthonest Endeavours to do him good, to which Duty bound me, [& | and]&and for which I am not entitled to that gratitude which your kind [Diſpoſition | disposition]Diſpoſitiondisposition excites you to [expreſs | express]expreſsexpress.
He has been very [aſſiduous | assiduous]aſſiduousassiduous, with my Approbation, in trying to procure Benefactions for [ye | the]yethe School[org0098.ocp], for which he has been twice at Philadelphia[place0186.ocp] [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): ;]; and I dare Say, the want of [deſired | desired]deſireddesired [ſucceſs | success]ſucceſssuccess was not owing to any want of [Induſtry | industry]Induſtryindustry in him.
As to [m:r | Mr.]m:rMr. Charles J. Smith[pers0500.ocp]'s being [ſent | sent]ſentsent on a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission with [m:r | Mr.]m:rMr. [Occam | Occom]OccamOccom[pers0030.ocp] to England[place0068.ocp], I can [juſt | just]juſtjust Say, I [eſteem | esteem]eſteemesteem him as an excellent Man, an excellent [Miniſter | minister]Miniſterminister; but have not Sufficient [perſonal | personal]perſonalpersonal Acquaintance with him, to judge whether he would be [fitteſt | fittest]fitteſtfittest for Such a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission: yet I know of None, who can be obtained, whom I think more Suitable. But from what I hear, I judge a good deal of Pains Should be taken to [poliſh | polish]poliſhpolish [m:r | Mr.]m:rMr. [Occam | Occom]OccamOccom[pers0030.ocp] for an Appearance at Home, [eſpecially | especially]eſpeciallyespecially as to his [Compoſitions | compositions]Compoſitionscompositions [& | and]&and Delivery: for
the School[org0098.ocp] will be judged of by that Specimen, as it will be commonly concluded, [yt | that]ytthat according to [Cuſtom | custom]Cuſtomcustom, you Set the [beſt | best]beſtbest Foot foremost; yet I am told, you have Some, who after a while, would appear to more advantage. Whoever goes Should have a very accurate Knowledge, not only of the State of your School[org0098.ocp], but of Indian-, [& | and]&and American affairs in general; for it will be expected he Should be able to give Satisfactory [Anſwers | answers]Anſwersanswers to all [Queſtions | questions]Queſtionsquestions put on [thoſe | those]thoſethose affairs. Therefore, I would be [affraid | afraid]affraidafraid of making more [Haſte | haste]Haſtehaste than good [ſpeed | speed]ſpeedspeed.
I [preſume | presume]preſumepresume to Speak thus as a Friend, at the Same time that I take for granted, your Superior Knowledge as to all [Theſe | these]Theſethese things. If I exceed decent Bounds, I have this Apology, that I write in a Hurry. [amidſt | amidst]amidſtamidst continual Interruptions.—
But this I can Say truly, [yt | that]ytthat I am
.Your affectionate [Br | brother]Brbrother [& | and]&and [hble | humble]hblehumble [Servt | servant]Servtservant [Sam:l | Samuel]Sam:lSamuel Finley[pers0192.ocp] ^[below] [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]^[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
from [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [S | Samuel]SSamuel [Fienly | Finley]FienlyFinley[pers0192.ocp] DD. of June 3. 1765[1765-06-03].
To the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [m:r | Mr.]m:rMr. [Eliazar | Eleazar]EliazarEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] In Lebanon[place0122.ocp] Connecticut[place0048.ocp] [⅌ | per]per [ſon | son]ſonson
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pers0578.ocp your ſon son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0127.ocp m r Mr. Preſid t President Clap mentioned Clap, Nathan
pers0500.ocp m: r Mr. Charles J. Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery
pers0030.ocp m: r Mr. Occam Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0192.ocp Sam: l Samuel Finley writer Finley, Samuel
pers0036.ocp m r Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0192.ocp S Samuel Fienly Finley writer Finley, Samuel
pers0036.ocp m: r Mr. Eliazar Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0152.ocp Naſſau Nassau Hall Nassau Hall
place0186.ocp Philadelphia Philadelphia
place0068.ocp England England
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut

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org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1765-06-03 June. 3.d3rd 1765
1765-06-03 June 3. 1765

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