Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1767 February 13

Author Wheelock, Eleazar[pers0036.ocp]

13 February 1767[1767-02-13]

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[note (type: abstract): Wheelock discusses developments regarding two of his Mohawk students, reports on the progress of various missions, and discusses a tract of land on the Ohio as a possible site for a school.][note (type: handwriting): Formal and clear handwriting is not Wheelock's. It is possibly that of David McClure[pers0368.ocp]. The signature and trailer are in Wheelock's hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing, wear.][note (type: ink): Black-brown ink varies in intensity.][note (type: signature): The signature appears to be Wheelock's; it is abbreviated and written in a different ink.][note (type: noteworthy): This document appears to be a copy. There is an inky fingerprint visible on the right side of one recto. An editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note "Ind. miſ. Indian Scholars V" to two verso. This note has not been included in the transcription.]
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My dear Brother Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]/
[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp] came home from his [Miſsion | Mission]MiſsionMission yesterday (accompanied by one of the [Cheifs | Chiefs]CheifsChiefs of the Mohawks[org0062.ocp], his wife and two Children; to [Viſit | visit]Viſitvisit their Son[pers0755.ocp] at my School[org0098.ocp]) his Account is not undcomforta­­ble. The Indians have attended his [Miniſtry | Ministry]MiniſtryMinistry [conſiderably | considerably]conſiderablyconsiderably well, [ſince | since]ſincesince the Ruffle, which I mentioned in a former Letter was [compoſ'd | composed]compoſ'dcomposed.
This Indian informs me that Sir William [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] has lately [recd | received]recdreceived Letters from Home, wherein he is [in­form'd | informed]in­form'dinformed, that eight [Miſsionaries | Missionaries]MiſsionariesMissionaries [& | and]&and eight School [Maſters | Masters]MaſtersMasters are coming; 4. each to [ſupply | supply]ſupplysupply the Northern [& | and]&and 4. each the [Southren | Southern]SouthrenSouthern [Diſtricts | Districts]DiſtrictsDistricts, this Spring. at which I much rejoice, provided they be good [& | and]&and [faithfull | faithful]faithfullfaithful men.
The [incloſ'd | enclosed]incloſ'denclosed from [Meſsrs | Messrs.]MeſsrsMessrs. [Brainard | Brainerd]BrainardBrainerd[pers0004.ocp] [& | and]&and Smith[pers0497.ocp] came lately to hand. which you [& | and]&and our worthy Friends will [conſider | consider]conſiderconsider, and Act upon as Prudence shall [illegible]dictate, and Providence shall open a Door. If his Majesty[pers0305.ocp] would [graciouſly | graciously]graciouſlygraciously grant that Tract on the Ohio[place0178.ocp], and the [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [Qutrents | Quitrent]QutrentsQuitrent ][Qutrents | Quitrent]QutrentsQuitrent upon it to the School forever, [& | and]&and make the [ſame | same]ſamesame a Borough, [endow'd | endowed]endow'dendowed with [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch Privileges [& | and]&and immunities, as you with the Advice of Friend may [aſk | ask]aſkask for, the whole may likely be soon peopled with the best Inhabitants. I think of no great Objection in the [Caſe | Case]CaſeCase, [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless it be with [reſpect | respect]reſpectrespect to a Communication with the [reſt | rest]reſtrest of the World. which you are under better Advantages than
I am to be [ſatiſfied | satisfied]ſatiſfiedsatisfied in. so many things [concuring | concurring]concuringconcurring in the [courſe | course]courſecourse of Providence, almost [perſwade | persuade]perſwadepersuade me that God [deſigns | designs]deſignsdesigns it shall be carried there. Sir William[pers0292.ocp] no doubt [deſigns | designs]deſignsdesigns the Six Nations[org0090.ocp] shall be [ſupplied | supplied]ſuppliedsupplied with Episcopalians — His Influence is very great — the Dutch People are gene­rally unfriendly — very ignorant — the Mohawks[org0062.ocp] more proud than any Tribe, [& | and]&and easily disgusted, [eſpecially | especially]eſpeciallyespecially if the King[pers0305.ocp]s Favourites should [uſe | use]uſeuse their Endeavours ^[above] to [diſafect | disaffect]diſafectdisaffect them^to [diſafect | disaffect]diſafectdisaffect them for [Satiſ­­faction | satisfaction]Satiſ­­factionsatisfaction — near the Ohio[place0178.ocp] the Indians [han't | haven't]han'thaven't been so much [poyſned | poisoned]poyſnedpoisoned by the white People — Their Numbers are much greater — and an Appearance of real Concern about the things of Religion in [ſome | some]ſomesome. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp] [& | and]&and my Son[pers0578.ocp] [ſeem | seem]ſeemseem both or either of them [welling | willing]wellingwilling to accompany [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Brainerd[pers0004.ocp] in^[above] to^to [thoſe | those]thoſethose Parts next Summer provided their [ſlender | slender]ſlenderslender State of Health will [alow | allow]alowallow them. And I can [alſo | also]alſoalso [ſend | send]ſendsend Peter [Mohock | Mohawk]MohockMohawk[pers0378.ocp], or [ſome | some]ſomesome other Indian youth who may [ſerve | serve]ſerveserve as [School Maſter | schoolmaster]School Maſterschoolmaster provided there be no call for them Northward, as likely there will not be if the aforesaid [Miſsrs | Messrs.]MiſsrsMessrs. come from home, for I dont yet [underſtand | understand]underſtandunderstand that the Breach made last Spring, is so healed that it is like to be [guess (h-dawnd): [heald | healed]healdhealed][heald | healed]healdhealed [ſafe | safe]ſafesafe for them to go among Tribes further back — [Feb.y | February]Feb.yFebruary 18[1767-02-18]. When My Boy[pers0755.ocp] [ſaw | saw]ſawsaw his Father [& | and]&and Mother [& | and]&and little Brother [& | and]&and Sister, and heard them lament the [Loſs | loss]Loſsloss of his little Brother about 2 Months ago, he had a mind a Mind to go home with his Parents his Mothers Bowels [mov'd | moved]mov'dmoved towards him, and wept at the Thought of leaving him so far from her, I did upon their [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire, [conſent | consent]conſentconsent he [shou'd | should]shou'dshould [goe | go]goego with them, but gave no leave
for him to return ^[above] come again^come again, least an Ill improvement should be made of [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch a Liberty by others. Accordingly the Day before yesterday they [ſet | set]ſetset off [togeather | together]togeathertogether accompanied by great [ Willm | William] WillmWilliam [pers0594.ocp] whom I recommend to Sir William[pers0292.ocp] as being too proud, [& | and]&and litigious to [conſiſt | consist]conſiſtconsist with the Health [& | and]&and well being of this School. he had got a good Degree of common Learning. I [alſo | also]alſoalso [ſent | sent]ſentsent Home another [Mohock | Mohawk]MohockMohawk Youth[pers0743.ocp], who had been but a few Months with me, and was so lifted up with his having been in the Wars, and [ſent | sent]ſentsent to Hell one or two of the poor Savages with his own hand, that my [Houſe | house]Houſehouse was [ſcarcely | scarcely]ſcarcelyscarcely good enough for him to live in, or any of the School honourable enough to [ſpeak | speak]ſpeakspeak to him. — What the Effect of this Step will be I cant tell — but I thought it [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary they [shou'd | should]shou'dshould know effec­­tually, that there is, [& | and]&and shall be [goverment | government]govermentgovernment in this School —
This Day [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp] sat out on his Return to [Mohock | Mohawk]MohockMohawk Country[place0142.ocp] Via, South Hadly[place0216.ocp]; and [deſigns | designs]deſignsdesigns to return in May or before. I shall write [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Brainerd[pers0004.ocp] what I have here hinted — I [beleive | believe]beleivebelieve [Gen.l | General]Gen.lGeneral Lyman[pers0344.ocp] is as likely as any Man to give Intelligence what the Navigation of the Ohio[place0178.ocp] and [Meſsiſippi | Mississippi]MeſsiſippiMississippi[place0141.ocp] are [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. I conclude you will [ſee | see]ſeesee what I have wrote [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp]. I hope you have before now rec.d [ſome | some]ſomesome [Abſtracts | abstracts]Abſtractsabstracts I [ſent | sent]ſentsent you of [Meſsrs | Messrs.]MeſsrsMessrs. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp]'s [& | and]&and Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp]'s [&c | etc.]&cetc.'s Letters. by a Letter from [ Mr | Mr.] MrMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] last week there is more appearance of Religion among his Indians than ever there has been — My dear Sir, farewell. I am,
Yours most Cordially [Eleaz.r | Eleazar]Eleaz.rEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
P.S. your [Spous | spouse]Spousspouse [& | and]&and [Famely | family]Famelyfamily were well the last I heard; your Son James[pers0580.ocp] is with ^[above] me^me and is as well as [uſual | usual]uſualusual[ſeveral | several]ſeveralseveral have been Sick of late in the School with [Rumitick | Rheumatic]RumitickRheumatic Disorder May God direct, Support [& | and]&and [ſtrengthen | strengthen]ſtrengthenstrengthen you [guess (h-dawnd): [& | and]&and][& | and]&and my dear [S.r | Sir]S.rSir and [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]
Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield ^[above] Whitaker^Whitaker[pers0038.ocp] [Feby | February]FebyFebruary . 13. 1767.[1767-02-13]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0037.ocp Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0009.ocp M r Mr. Chamberlain mentioned Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0755.ocp Son mentioned Seth
pers0292.ocp Sir William Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0004.ocp Brainard Brainerd mentioned Brainerd, John
pers0497.ocp Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0305.ocp his Majesty mentioned Frederick, George William
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0305.ocp the King mentioned Frederick, George William
pers0578.ocp my Son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0004.ocp M r Mr. Brainerd mentioned Brainerd, John
pers0378.ocp Peter Mohock Mohawk mentioned Peter
pers0755.ocp My Boy mentioned Seth
pers0594.ocp great Will m William mentioned Johnson, Tagawirunta William
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0743.ocp another Mohock Mohawk Youth mentioned Green, John
pers0009.ocp M. r Mr. Chamberlain mentioned Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0344.ocp Gen. l General Lyman mentioned Lyman, Phineas
pers0038.ocp M r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0315.ocp Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0009.ocp Chamberlain mentioned Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0036.ocp Eleaz. r Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0580.ocp your Son James mentioned Whitaker, James
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0038.ocp M. r Mr. Whitefield Whitaker mentioned Whitefield, George

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0178.ocp the Ohio Ohio River
place0142.ocp Mohock Mohawk Country Mohawk Country
place0216.ocp South Hadly South Hadley
place0141.ocp Meſsiſippi Mississippi Mississippi, the

Organizations identified in this document:

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org0062.ocp Mohawks Mohawk Nation
org0098.ocp my School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0090.ocp Six Nations Six Nations

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1767-02-13 FabyFebruary 13 1767
1767-02-18 Feb.yFebruary 18
1767-02-13 FebyFebruary . 13. 1767.

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