David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21

Author McClure, David[pers0368.ocp]

25 May 1770[1770-05-21]

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[note (type: abstract): McClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.][note (type: noteworthy): Signature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.]

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

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[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. and [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured Sir,
In a Conversation Sir Avery[pers0064.ocp] [& | and]&and I had with [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] this Vacancy at Mohegan[place0143.ocp] some things [paſs'd | passed]paſs'dpassed which I esteem my Duty to inform the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] of, [& | and]&and which I imagine he [wou'd | would]wou'dwould [chuse | choose]chusechoose to under­ stand — After [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] had made some [Enquiry | inquiry]Enquiryinquiry concerning the State of School[org0098.ocp], of which he [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed to be pretty ignorant — he [inform'd | informed]inform'dinformed us that he had been desirous [& | and]&and still was to write home to his Friends in England[place0068.ocp] [& | and]&and particularly to some of the Gentlemen of the Trust[org0103.ocp] — and that the only Reason of his not writing was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­ ing the State of the School[org0098.ocp] as Friends there would expect that from him if he wrote, and as the School[org0098.ocp] is at present constituted he imagined an [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of it would ^[above] not^not be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer their Expectations — He [complain'd | complained]complain'dcomplained, but in a friendly manner, that the Indian was converted into an [illegible]English School [& | and]&and that the [illegible]English had [crouded | crowded]croudedcrowded out the Indian Youths — he instanced in one Symons[pers0681.ocp]
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
a likely Indian who came to [git | get]gitget admittance but [coud | could]coudcould not be admitted because the School[org0098.ocp] was full — He supposed that Gentlemen in England[place0068.ocp] [tho't | thought]tho'tthought the School[org0098.ocp] at present was made up [cheifly | chiefly]cheiflychiefly of Indian Youth [& | and]&and that should he write [& | and]&and inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it [wou'd | would]wou'dwould give them ^[above] a^a disgust [& | and]&and [Jealosy | jealousy]Jealosyjealousy that the Charities were not ap­ plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors [& | and]&and Benefactors, which was to educate Indians [cheifly | chiefly]cheiflychiefly I told him the Doctor[pers0036.ocp], I was pretty certain, was ready to admit any likely, promising Indians, [& | and]&and to fit them for School­ masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had already educated in general made so poor improvement of their Learning, that the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] I [imagin'd | imagined]imagin'dimagined was in a measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher [Charecters | characters]Charecterscharacters than those mentioned — And that such being the Case with the Indian Youth, [illegible] it would be more agreeable to the Benefactors to the School[org0098.ocp] to have their Charity im­ proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause [viz.t | viz.]viz.tviz. by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further mentioned some things respecting Doctor [W–r | Whitaker]W–rWhitaker[pers0037.ocp], which I imagine the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] would [chuse | choose]chusechoose to know — particularly his talking much about State [& | and]&and national Affairs which had [turn'd | turned]turn'dturned many Gentlemen who were his Friends to become his Enemies — that he had often [talk'd | talked]talk'dtalked with the Doctor[pers0037.ocp] on the Head [& | and]&and advised him to let National Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —
that when the Doctor[pers0037.ocp] left England he had not [ſix | six]ſixsix Friends in London[place0128.ocp] — the Gentlemen of the Trust[org0103.ocp] asked [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] at Table [publickly | publicly]publicklypublicly what made them send over Doctor Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] — whether Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] [& | and]&and the Board on this side the Water[org0034.ocp] were all such men as the Doctor[pers0037.ocp][& | and]&and that if they knew them to be such men they would either return the money collected to its [illegible]Donors or put it into the Court of Chancery[org0109.ocp] The Gentlemen of the Trust[org0103.ocp] engaged [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] to write particularly of the School[org0098.ocp] [& | and]&and the Disposal of the monies collected in England[place0068.ocp][& | and]&and that he tried to excuse himself from writing, [& | and]&and I think he [say'd | said]say'dsaid they [wou'd | would]wou'dwould not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate a [Jealosy | jealousy]Jealosyjealousy imbibed from Doctor [W–r | Whitaker]W–rWhitaker[pers0037.ocp]'s Conduct or something else — [& | and]&and the only Reason he gave us of his not writing was the [Neceſsity | necessity]Neceſsitynecessity he was under if he wrote to inform them particularly of the School[org0098.ocp], which they insisted upon — Such [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Sir, was the Representation he made to us, which he informed us he had not made known fully to the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] but [design'd | designed]design'ddesigned to the first Interview —  Permit me, [ſir | sir]ſirsir, to [expreſs | express]expreſsexpress my warmest [& | and]&and most dutiful Wishes for your Health, [& | and]&and Prosperity in Your great and benevolent Design, [& | and]&and to manifest how much, I am [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured Sir,
Your very dutiful [& | and]&and much obliged  humble Servant — David [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp]
From David [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp] May 27— 1770—[1770-05-27]
To— The Reverend— Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] D.D. In New England[place0158.ocp] [⅌ | per]per favor} [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Woodward[pers0610.ocp]}
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0064.ocp Sir Avery mentioned Avery, David
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0030.ocp m. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0681.ocp Symons mentioned Symons
pers0036.ocp Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0037.ocp Doctor W–r Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0037.ocp W–r Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0368.ocp David Maccluer McClure writer McClure, David
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0610.ocp M. r Mr. Woodward mentioned Woodward, Bezaleel

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0068.ocp England England
place0128.ocp London London
place0158.ocp New England New England

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0103.ocp the Trust Trust in England
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0103.ocp Gentlemen of the Trust Trust in England
org0034.ocp Board on this side the Water Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0109.ocp Court of Chancery Court of Chancery

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1770-05-21 may 21.st21st 1770
1770-05-27 May 27— 1770—

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