Peter Jillard, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 March 2

Author Jillard, Peter[pers0280.ocp]

2 March 1767[1767-03-02]

ms number767202

[note (type: abstract): Jillard writes to express his admiration for Occom, and notes that his opinion is shared by many in Great Britain. He proposes that provision should be made for Occom and his family out of the funds collected.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is loose though mostly legible; it is occasionally difficult to decipher letter case.][note (type: paper): Two sheets are in good condition, with moderate wear and creasing; tear around remnants of seal results in no loss of text.][note (type: noteworthy): The “Narrative” referred to on two recto was written by Wheelock and contained the credentials and recommendations of Whitaker and Occom, as well as an abbreviated account of the Indian Charity School and its mission. A note reading "Man 2. 1767 --" has been added in pencil to one verso.][note (type: layout): Second page of letter is on two recto not one verso.The second page of the letter is written in landscape orientation.]
Persistent Identifier
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Sr | Sir]SrSir /
I [rejoyce | rejoice]rejoycerejoice in the [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness of God that directed your [thots | thoughts]thotsthoughts to So excellent a Plan for propagating the [Gosple | Gospel]GospleGospel among the Indians— It is I apprehend, in the General, [ap­prov'd | ap­proved]ap­prov'dap­proved. [meſ | Messrs.]meſs.rsMessrs. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] & [occum | Occom]occumOccom [pers0030.ocp] have (in the places known to me) had for the most part ^[above] had^had great [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess.. It was a Right to send over [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. [occum | Occom]occumOccom [pers0030.ocp], as a Specimen of the [benefitt | benefit]benefittbenefit of [y.e | the]y.ethe School[org0098.ocp]— As far as I hear he pleases in every Town & city— So much Simplicity appears in the man: So honest, [guileſs | guileless]guileſsguileless a Temper, with [Seriousneſs | seriousness]Seriousneſsseriousness in his [publick | public]publickpublic Service., So well he speaks in [publick | public]publickpublic, & So well he acts in private, among his friends & mankind, that he engages their hearts— may you be as [suceſsfull | successful]suceſsfullsuccessful in training others to the ministry as you have been in him!— By virtue of the Power given to [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp], Such Gentlemen of Fortune & Character are are now chosen on this side the Water, Trustees for the Money [yt | that]ytthat may be raised, that I doubt not the Collection in [Great-Britain | Great Britain]Great-BritainGreat Britain [place0090.ocp] & Ireland[place0108.ocp] will be exceeding Great. From the many Thousand Pounds in Capital, & the many hundred, the yearly Interest of the same, [ | which]w.chwhich will be advanced, [permitt | permit]permittpermit me to be a Petitioner for [ye | the]yethe worthy [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. [occum | Occom]occumOccom [pers0030.ocp]. Tis [naturel | natural]naturelnatural to enquire into his family & worldly Circumstances. His Children are, I apprehend, many, & Substance Small— yet the Good man seems to [expreſs | express]expreſsexpress full Contentment if he can have a Sufficiency to Improve his little Estate. Undesired, & entirely without his knowledge I write this in his favour; but [tho' | though]tho'though I write in my own name only, I'm persuaded, I might easily [gett | get]gettget many hundred Persons to join in the Same Petition— Shall I entreat, that you, Dear [Sr | Sir]SrSir, will make use of all [y.E | the]y.Ethe Interest for Effecting it— It must be supposed that the Great acceptance he meets with among mankind, adds considerably to the Collections, "This Preacher was born & bred an Indian He left his family— He [risqued | risked]risquedrisked his life on the Sea, for the good Cause. He is ready to Preach when desired— And behaves [ | with] w.thwith ^[above] a^a decency. that seems to give universal Satisfaction ^[below] ^
[note (type: editorial): Blank page.]
In the Narrative P 27, I am much [pleas'd | pleased]pleas'dpleased with the words, Father, we are very glad you have come among us with the Good word of God, or God is news— we will by [ye | the]yethe help of God, Endeavour to keep the Fire [ | which]w.chwhich you kindled among us; and, will take our Old Customs, "ways, & Sins, and [putt | put]puttput them behind our backs & never look on them again; but will look [strait | straight]straitstraight "forward & run after the Christian Religion— May The Indian People be [renewe'd | renewed]renewe'drenewed' in the Spirit of their minds (may they be [turn'd | turned]turn'dturned from [ye | the]yethe error of their ways & built up in their most Holy Faith). 'o, that, the Power of [Godlineſs | Godliness]GodlineſsGodliness, the Love of God producing a Conformity to his moral attributes, all that is Pious, Right, & Good, may prevail among them! May their minds be [enlightend | enlightened]enlightendenlightened, [well-inform'd | well-informed]well-inform'dwell-informed, & healthy; rightly disposed; [poſseſing | possessing]poſseſingpossessing the [Xtian | Christian]XtianChristian Temper! may duly regulated wills & affections, [ | with]w.thwith a Behaviour corresponding, be the happy Effects of the Schools, & the Ministe­rial Services!— — As I have the Satisfaction of contributing my best Endeavours to the Increase of the Collections, it will be greatly promoted, by frequent [acc.ts | accounts]acc.tsaccounts of the [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess [ | which]w.chwhich may attend the additional Schools in the [Wilderneſs | Wilderness]WilderneſsWilderness— That God maywill [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless the Endeavors & Reward your Pious zeal in time & to all Eternity Prays
your Sincere Friend & Brother in the [Gosple | Gospel]GospleGospel of Christ  Peter Jillard[pers0280.ocp] Bristol[place0020.ocp] march [2d | 2nd]2d2nd 1767[1767-03-02]/
I shall esteem it a favour, if by one or other of the Ships, [yt | that]yt that sail from [ye | the]yethe Country[place0003.ocp] to Bristol[place0020.ocp], I may at certain Seasons, receive a Letters from you—
From [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Peter Jillard[pers0280.ocp] Bristol[place0020.ocp] March [2.d | 2nd]2.d2nd 1767[1767-03-02]
[Brſh | Brsh]BrſhBrsh 3:8 To The [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [ M.r | Mr.] M.rMr. [Whelock | Wheelock]WhelockWheelock [pers0036.ocp] at Lebanon[place0122.ocp] In Connecticut[place0048.ocp] America[place0003.ocp]/ pd [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Walker[pers0556.ocp] [illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): 1/2]1/2]
Document Summary

People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0037.ocp Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0030.ocp m. r Mr. occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp m. r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0280.ocp Peter Jillard writer Jillard, Peter
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. Whelock Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0556.ocp M r Mr. Walker mentioned Walker

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0090.ocp Great-Britain Great Britain Great Britain
place0108.ocp Ireland Ireland
place0020.ocp Bristol Bristol
place0003.ocp y e the Country America
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut
place0003.ocp America America

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0098.ocp y.ethe School Moor’s Indian Charity School

Dates identified in this document:

Standard Form Text
1767-03-02 march 2d2nd 1767
1767-03-02 March 2.d2nd 1767

Regularized text:

Type Original Regularized
modernization Rev.d Rev.
variation rejoyce rejoice
modernization Goodneſs goodness
variation thots thoughts
variation Gosple Gospel
modernization meſ Messrs.
variation occum Occom
modernization Succeſs success
modernization m.r Mr.
variation benefitt benefit
modernization y.e the
modernization guileſs guileless
modernization Seriousneſs seriousness
variation publick public
variation suceſsfull successful
modernization yt that
variation Great-Britain Great Britain
variation permitt permit
modernization ye the
variation naturel natural
modernization expreſs express
variation gett get
modernization y.E the
variation risqued risked
variation putt put
variation strait straight
modernization Godlineſs Godliness
variation enlightend enlightened
modernization poſseſing possessing
modernization Wilderneſs Wilderness
modernization bleſs bless
modernization 2d 2nd
modernization yt that
modernization 2.d 2nd
modernization Brſh Brsh
modernization M.r Mr.
variation Whelock Wheelock
modernization Mr Mr.

Expanded abbreviations:

Abbreviation Expansion
Sr Sir
ap­prov'd ap­proved which
tho' though with
pleas'd pleased
renewe'd renewed
turn'd turned
well-inform'd well-informed
Xtian Christian with
acc.ts accounts
Rev.d Rev.

This document's header does not contain any mixed case attribute values.

Summary of errors found in this document:

Number of dates with invalid 'when' attributes: 0
Number of nested "hi" tags: (consider merging the @rend attributes, or using other tags) 0
Number of tags with invalid 'rend' attributes: 0 (out of 43)
Number of people/places/organizations with unknown keys: 0 (out of 19)
Number of "add" tags with unknown 'place' attributes: 0 (out of 3)
Mixed case attribute values in header (potential error): 0 (out of 104)