Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Moses Peck, 1761 March 25


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock thanks Peck for the money sent for Occom, and gives an account of Occom’s work since leaving Wheelock’s school.][note (type: handwriting): Informal handwriting is mostly clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): This letter is written in response to manuscript 761108. It is possibly a copy or draft.]

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas, Occom’s Mission to the Montauketts, Occom’s Marriage

  My Dear Sir, 
Yours of [Jan.y | January]Jan.yJanuary [8th | 8th]8th8th [1761-01-08] [incloſing | enclosing]incloſingenclosing £3.16.0  for the [Releif | relief]Releifrelief of [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp], was delivered into my  Hand by [Col.o | Col.]Col.oCol. Huntington[pers0712.ocp] of Norwich[place0174.ocp] on the  [24.th | 24th]24.th24th of [Feby | February]FebyFebruary[1761-02-24] I was much affected with the con ‐tents. My Soul [bleſsed | blessed]bleſsedblessed those charitable [Perſons | persons]Perſonspersons[org0138.ocp] who  made the Collection and dont [deſire | desire]deſiredesire their right  Hand [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould know it. It is Bread [caſt | cast]caſtcast upon the  water, not lost but [ſent | sent]ſentsent to him whose Mercy  will find them out. I have wrote [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] [illegible]  an [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of it. and expect him over [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon  to make [Proviſion | provision]Proviſionprovision for his [Deſigned | designed]Deſigneddesigned journey to  The Oneida Indians[org0075.ocp] (to whom he is going as a  [Miſsionary | missionary]Miſsionarymissionary this Spring), when I expect An Opportunity  to deliver the Same to him. and I doubt not  he will receive it with much Gratitude.
And as to his [Circumſtances | circumstances]Circumſtancescircumstances. I hope if the Small  Pox dont [diſcourage | discourage]diſcouragediscourage me, to [ſee | see]ſeesee you this Spring,  when I may give you a more Full [acco.t | account ]acco.t account [& | and]&and therefore  for the [Preſent | present ]Preſent present [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall only hint. That about 11, or 12  years ago he left me in [complyance | compliance]complyancecompliance with the very  [preſsing | pressing]preſsingpressing Importunity of Rev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Horton[pers0262.ocp] who was  [Miſsy | Missionary]MiſsyMissionary to the Indians at [Montauck | Montauk]MontauckMontauk[org0061.ocp] — he went  among them at a Time when they were in very great  [confuſion | confusion]confuſionconfusion by [illegible][reaſon | reason]reaſonreason of Exhorters who had [ſowed | sowed ]ſowed sowed [diſ ‐cord | dis‐ cord]diſ ‐corddis‐ cord among them — [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] took the [ſchool | school ]ſchool school [& | and]&and  [Supplyed | supplied]Supplyedsupplied them as a [Publick | public]Publickpublic Teacher in [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Horton[pers0262.ocp]s  [Abſsence | absence]Abſsenceabsence or when he was [viſiting | visiting]viſitingvisiting in Other parts of the  Island[place0129.ocp] which was about 4. fifths of the Time by [ye | the]yethe  ^[above] [Bleſsing | blessing]Bleſsingblessing of God on ^[Bleſsing | blessing]Bleſsingblessing of God on [M.r | Mr ]M.rMr Occom[pers0030.ocp]'s Prudence ^[above] [& | and ]& and Labour^[& | and ]& and Labour the [confuſion | confusion]confuſion confusion [ſubſided | subsided]ſubſidedsubsided. he  had at [firſt | first]firſtfirst Something done for him by the [Inhabtts | Inhabitants]InhabttsInhabitants  of the Island[place0129.ocp]. and £20. annually allowed him by  the [Honle | Honourable ]HonleHonourable [Commiſsrs | Commissioners]CommiſsrsCommissioners for Indian Affairs[org0095.ocp] his help from  his Neighbours [ſoon | soon ]ſoon soon [faild | failed ]faild failed [& | and]&and he has but Little  Since 
[left] Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Moses Peck[pers0032.ocp]. 1761: Thanks for [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]s Donation March
Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Moses Peck[pers0032.ocp]. 1761: Thanks for [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]s Donation March
[ſince | since]ſincesince besides the [20lb | £20]20lb£20[1761-03-20] [illegible]His [publick | public]publickpublic Character and  Situation [& | and]&and [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness have Exposed him to much  company of both [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish [& | and]&and Indians. He married  one of his Pupils[pers0029.ocp] about 9. or 10. years ago. And  has 6 children. his [Eldeſt | eldest ]Eldeſt eldest [ſon | son]ſonson[pers0026.ocp] has been about  a year in my School[org0098.ocp]. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] has been [neceſsi ‐tated | necessi‐ tated]neceſsi ‐tatednecessi‐ tated to improve all his [Leiſure | leisure]Leiſureleisure Hours in hard  Labour to [ſupport | support]ſupportsupport his family. he [dreſses | dresses]dreſsesdresses decent ‐ly. but is very frugal in his manner of Living.  he looks to be [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost worn out with hard [Labour | labour]Labourlabour  — It grieves me to the Heart that his abilities  are [ſo | so]ſoso much Starved for want of [ſupport | support ]ſupport support [& | and]&and a  Library and he in such a [meaſure | measure]meaſuremeasure thrown away  God has honoured him to be the [Inſtrument | instrument]Inſtrumentinstrument of a  great deal of Good Good. And I have [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason to  think of Saving good to a [conſiderable | considerable]conſiderableconsiderable Number  he had a Joyful [Harveſt | harvest]Harveſtharvest there about 4 years ago in which  as I am [informd | informed]informdinformed by Such as are to be depended upon, were  In a Judgment of national Charity not [leſs | less]leſsless than 14. converted  The Indians are very poor and not able to do much for him  nor So well [inſtructed | instructed]inſtructedinstructed in their Duty in that regard as they  [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould be, and it is Difficult for [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] to do it ^[above] [insſtruct | instruct]insſtructinstruct [ym | them]ymthem in it^[insſtruct | instruct]insſtructinstruct [ym | them]ymthem in it  without Prejudice to the Gospel. now in its Infancy among  them. [pleeſe | please]pleeſeplease to give my Love to those who had a Hand  in the collection contribution for [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] if you know who  they are. My Indian Boys behave very well and make  good [progreſs | progress]progreſsprogress in their Learning. I [deſign | design]deſigndesign to [aſk | ask]aſkask [aſiſtance | assistance]aſiſtanceassistance  in the Affair, in my Journey, which if I cant obtain I dont  know how to get along. [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to accept the [Kindeſt | kindest ]Kindeſt kindest [ſalutat‐ ‐tions | salutat‐ tions]ſalutat‐ ‐tionssalutat‐ tions to you [& | and]&and your [D.r | dear]D.rdear Spouse[pers0413.ocp] from me my wife[pers0577.ocp], my [ſon | son]ſonson[pers0578.ocp]  and all my Family. [& | and]&and Remember when you get near to  God.
Your very Affectionate Friend   and Humble Servant  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Moses Peck[pers0032.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0712.ocp Col. o Col. Huntington mentioned Huntington, Hezekiah
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0262.ocp Rev. M. r Mr. Horton mentioned Horton, Azariah
pers0262.ocp M r Mr. Horton mentioned Horton, Azariah
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0032.ocp Moses Peck recipient Peck, Moses
pers0029.ocp one of his Pupils mentioned Occom, Mary (née Fowler)
pers0026.ocp Eldeſt eldest ſon son mentioned Occom, Aaron
pers0413.ocp D. r dear Spouse mentioned Peck, Elizabeth (née Townsend)
pers0577.ocp my wife mentioned Wheelock, Mary (née Brinsmead)
pers0578.ocp my ſon son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0032.ocp M r Mr. Moses Peck recipient Peck, Moses

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0174.ocp Norwich Norwich
place0129.ocp the Island Long Island

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0138.ocp those charitable Perſonspersons The Private Society
org0075.ocp Oneida Indians Oneida Nation
org0061.ocp Indians at MontauckMontauk Montaukett Tribe
org0095.ocp HonleHonourable CommiſsrsCommissioners for Indian Affairs The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1761-03-25 March. 25. 1761
1761-01-08 Jan.yJanuary 8th8th
1761-02-24 24.th24th of FebyFebruary
1761-03-20 20lb£20

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