Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Dennys DeBerdt, 1761 May 4


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock writes that he is seeking an incorporation, and that Occom has preached in Wheelock’s pulpit prior to leaving for his mission to the Oneidas.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is relatively clear, with some deletions and additions.][note (type: paper): Large sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: signature): Initials.][note (type: noteworthy): Given the number of additions and deletions, the lack of an address, and the abbreviated signature, this document is likely a copy or draft.]

EventsOccom’s First Mission to the Oneidas

  My [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured [& | and]&and Deard Sir   
Yours of May 17[1760-05-17]. And [Aug.t | August]Aug.tAugust 29. 1760[1760-08-29].  both came to Hand Since I came to this Town[place0013.ocp]. I have [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch  a crowd of [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness that I cant ^[above] now^now attend to write you  [perticularly | particularly]perticularlyparticularly but will do it as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as I can get [leiſure | leisure]leiſureleisure.  in general My School[org0098.ocp] [flouriſhes, | flourishes]flouriſhes,flourishes [& | and]&and our [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects [ſtill | still]ſtillstill  greater [& | and]&and greater. I am going to [diſcourſe | discourse]diſcourſediscourse his [Excell.cy | Excellency]Excell.cyExcellency  the [Gov.r | Governor]Gov.rGovernor[pers0081.ocp] [& | and]&and [Lieu.t Gov.r | Lieutenant Governor]Lieu.t Gov.rLieutenant Governor[pers1140.ocp] of this Province[place0134.ocp] on the Affair,  of an Incorporation. We have thought it of Importance  that we [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould be capable of the Tenure [& | and]&and [Diſposal | disposal]Diſposaldisposal of Lands  [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. but perhaps we Shall find no need of any Hand but in  him whose is [ye | the]yethe [fullneſs | fullness]fullneſsfullness of the Earth, [& | and]&and who gives and [diſ­ ­poses | dis poses]diſ­ ­posesdis poses of it as he will. we have joyful Symptoms in  Several Places in Connecticut[place0048.ocp] that another glorious day  of Gods Power [& | and]&and Special Grace is at the Door. —   The hopes [& | and]&and Expectations of many among us are much [raiſed | raised]raiſedraised  that we [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall Soon See greater Trophies of the Redeemers   victories in North America[place0170.ocp] than there have been of his  [Majeſties | Majesty's]MajeſtiesMajesty's by the [lale | late]lalelate glorious [Conqueſts | conquests]Conqueſtsconquests [guess (h-dawnd): atto]atto the Northward  The door is now [ſet | set]ſetset wide open for the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign. Nothing  is now wanting but [Miſsrs, | missionaries]Miſsrs,missionaries Interpreters [& | and]&and Money.  their Youth [Muſt | must]Muſtmust come to us or ours go to them  to be fitted for that Purpose. and it cant be without  [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense. I am now Sending My black Son [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Occom[pers0030.ocp] [preachd | preached]preachdpreached in My Pulpit [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): 5]5. [Sabaths | Sabbaths]SabathsSabbaths ago to a full  [aſsembly. | assembly.]aſsembly.assembly. and to good acceptance. a rare Sight and  Such an one as was never [ſeen | seen]ſeenseen in Connecticut[place0048.ocp] before  he is going on a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission ^[above] to the Oneidas[org0075.ocp]^to the Oneidas[org0075.ocp]. Supported by a Number of  [Gent.n | gentlemen]Gent.ngentlemen in [N | New]NNew York[place0166.ocp] [Gov.t | Government]Gov.tGovernment[org0070.ocp] – I purpose to [ſend | send]ſendsend one of my  [Schollars | scholars]Schollarsscholars with him in order to accompany [ſome | some]ſomesome  well chosen youth from remote tribes to this [ſchool | school]ſchoolschool.   dear Sir do write as often as you can Your Letters have  done much good. Your Name is known and is dear to  many here. when I [ſee | see]ſeesee [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Peters[pers0422.ocp] I will [illegible]  Inform him as to the 5. [g.s | guineas]g.sguineas [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. Our [Purchaſses | purchases]Purchaſsespurchases on  Delaware[place0059.ocp] and [Seſquaanna | Susquehanna]SeſquaannaSusquehanna[place0206.ocp] have chosen [illegible] [Coll.o | Colonel]Coll.oColonel  Dyar[pers0174.ocp] their agent who is to [Embarque | embark]Embarqueembark for Europe[place0070.ocp] as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as  [Rec.d | ]Rec.d [& | and]&and [Recoverd | recovered]Recoverdrecovered of the Small pox by [Enocu.n | inoculation]Enocu.ninoculation [& | and]&and has made [himſelf | himself]himſelfhimself   ready — I am in [utmoſt | utmost]utmoſtutmost [haſt | haste]haſthaste. 
Yours [Moſt | Most]MoſtMost Affectionately  In Our Common Lord  EW.[pers0036.ocp]   
Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. DeBerdt[pers0014.ocp]  May 1761[1761-05]
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pers0081.ocp Gov. r Governor mentioned Bernard, Francis
pers1140.ocp Lieu. t Gov. r Lieutenant Governor mentioned Hutchinson, Thomas
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0422.ocp M. r Mr. Peters mentioned Peters
pers0174.ocp Coll. o Colonel Dyar mentioned Dyar, Eliphalet
pers0036.ocp EW. writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0014.ocp M. r Mr. DeBerdt recipient DeBerdt, Dennys

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place0013.ocp Boston Boston
place0013.ocp this Town Boston
place0134.ocp this Province Massachusetts
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut
place0170.ocp North America North America
place0166.ocp N New York New York
place0059.ocp Delaware Delaware
place0206.ocp Seſquaanna Susquehanna Susquehanna River
place0070.ocp Europe Europe

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org0098.ocp My School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0075.ocp the Oneidas Oneida Nation
org0070.ocp Gov.tGovernment

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1761-05-04 4th4th May. 1761
1760-05-17 May 17
1760-08-29 Aug.tAugust 29. 1760
1761-05 May 1761

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modernization Proſpects prospects
modernization ſtill still
modernization diſcourſe discourse
modernization ſhould should
modernization Diſposal disposal
modernization &c. etc.
modernization ye the
modernization fullneſs fullness
modernization diſ­ ­poses dis poses
modernization raiſed raised
modernization ſhall shall
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& and
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Excell.cy Excellency
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Lieu.t Gov.r Lieutenant Governor
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Gov.t Government
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