Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, letter, to the Honorable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1763

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[note (type: abstract): An apparent draft of manuscript 764410.2, which informs the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge that, per its commission, a Connecticut board of correspondents has been formed, and officers have been elected. The Connecticut board proposes that the best prospect for furthering the Society's design lies with Wheelock’s Indian charity school, and that the board's intention is to employ Occom and Ashpo.][note (type: handwriting): Loose and informal handwriting appears to be that of Solomon Williams. It is frequently difficult to discern letter case. There are several deletions and additions.][note (type: paper): Large sheet is in fair condition, with moderate creasing, yellowing and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark brown-black ink bleeds through to opposite sides of the paper.][note (type: noteworthy): Text of letter is identical to that of manuscript 764410.2, and this document appears to be a draft of that letter. In the Rauner Special Collections catalogue, this letter is erroneously attributed to Benjamin Pomeroy.][note (type: signature): No signature.]
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To The [Honle | Honourable]HonleHonourable Society in Scotland for Propagating [Chriſtian | Christian]ChriſtianChristian  Knowledge[org0096.ocp]  [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured Sirs   
We take the [Earlieſt | earliest]Earlieſtearliest [oportunity | opportunity]oportunityopportunity  by direction of your [bord | board]bordboard of [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents in the  Colony of [Cont | Connecticut]ContConnecticut[org0034.ocp] to Inform you that upon [Receit | receipt]Receitreceipt of  your [Commiſsion | commission]Commiſsioncommission the Gentlemen [namd | named]namdnamed [there in | therein]there intherein met  in [Lebn | Lebanon]LebnLebanon[place0122.ocp] July 9[1763-07-09] [& | and]&and [Formd | formed]Formdformed [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves by [Chooſing | choosing]Chooſingchoosing the  Proper Officers [namd | named]namdnamed, in [illegible] to Enable them to act in  Capacity of your [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents [& | and]&and appointed [illegible] a [Comtee | Committee]ComteeCommittee  to give you an [act | account]actaccount of [illegible]their doings [& | and]&and [preſent | present]preſentpresent [proſpects | prospects]proſpectsprospects  and in the [firſt | first]firſtfirst Place to Return their warm [& | and]&and [ſincereſt | sincerest]ſincereſtsincerest  Thanks for the [Honr | honour]Honrhonour you have done them in [Com  miſsioning | com missioning]Com  miſsioningcom missioning them to be [Correſpedents | Correspondents]CorreſpedentsCorrespondents of your [Hon.le | honourable]Hon.lehonourable [ſo  ciety | so ciety]ſo  cietyso ciety[org0096.ocp]. We [Joyn | join]Joynjoin our [Earneſt | earnest]Earneſtearnest Prayers with you [& | and]&and [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall  by Gods Grace unite our fervent Labours to Promote the  Excellent [Purpoſe | purpose]Purpoſepurpose your Pious hearts are set upon  the advancement of the [Km | kingdom]Kmkingdom of our [Bleſed | blessed]Bleſedblessed Redeemer  [& | and]&and [speading | spreading]speadingspreading the [ſavour | savour]ſavoursavour of his [knwledge | knowledge]knwledgeknowledge among them  who [ſit | sit]ſitsit in [darkneſs | darkness]darkneſsdarkness [& | and]&and the Regions of the Shadow  of Death, the [moſt | most]moſtmost glorious object of your [& | and]&and our atten tion. as the doing this will Serve [alſo | also]alſoalso the [Intreſt | interest]Intreſtinterest of  our King[pers0305.ocp] So there is one [Circumſtance | circumstance]Circumſtancecircumstance Peculiarly ob ligatory on us, that the [Suceſs | success]Suceſssuccess of it will be Greatly  beneficial to the Peace [& | and]&and [hapS | happiness]hapShappiness of our own Country  we humbly take Leave to Inform your [Honle | honourable]Honlehonourable board  [yt | that]ytthat [ye | the]yethe [beſt | best]beſtbest [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect which at [Preſant | present]Preſantpresent lies in our vi[illegible][guess (maggiec): ew]ew  is In the School[org0098.ocp] which has been for some time [undr | under]undrunder  the Care of the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]. the State of which  [& | and]&and the [Reſources | resources]Reſourcesresources which a Kind [& | and]&and Gracious Providence  has [opend | opened]opendopened for its Support, as [alſo | also]alſoalso the Accounts of [ye | the]yethe  [Reburſements | rebursements]Reburſementsrebursements of the Moneys Given, [& | and]&and the [succeſs | success]succeſssuccess at  tending it [untill | until]untilluntil — has been Sent  to you — [& | and]&and [leſt | lest]leſtlest it has [faild | failed]faildfailed [Reachg | reaching]Reachgreaching you is now  sent here with and our [Preſent | present]Preſentpresent [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects [& | and]&and [purpoſes | purposes]purpoſespurposes you  will See as follows. [tho | though]thothough we have no [aſsurance | assurance]aſsuranceassurance of Peace  with the Indians but Entertain strong hopes [yt | that]ytthat the  [Preſent | present]Preſentpresent troubles will be [brot | brought]brotbrought to a Speedy [Iſsue | issue]Iſsueissue [& | and]&and are  [⅌ſwaded | persuaded]⅌ſwadedpersuaded that when that Event happens it Concerns us to  be [aSſs | as]aSſsas speedy as [Poſsible | possible]Poſsiblepossible in [Exertg | exerting]Exertgexerting our [utmoſt | utmost]utmoſtutmost Endeavors  to Send the [Goſpel | Gospel]GoſpelGospel ^[above] as far as may be^as far as may be into the bowels of the ^[above] Pagan^Pagan Country of  the Six Nations[org0090.ocp] if [Poſsible | possible]Poſsiblepossible before it is [throngd | thronged]throngdthronged with  [unrighs | unrighteous]unrighsunrighteous Dealers [Whoſe | whose]Whoſewhose unbridled avarice threatens the  [Greateſt | greatest]Greateſtgreatest 
[miſchief | mischief]miſchiefmischief to the [Cauſe | cause]Cauſecause. we have voted to take the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev.  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] into our Service if he may be freed from a  [Preingagemt | pre-engagement]Preingagemtpre-engagement to the London [Commiſioners | Commissioners]CommiſionersCommissioners[org0095.ocp] which we Ex pect may be without difficulty. we have [alſo | also]alſoalso [Referd | referred]Referdreferred  to our [Comtee | Committee]ComteeCommittee the [sendg | sending]sendgsending [Samll | Samuel]SamllSamuel [Aſhpo | Ashpo]AſhpoAshpo[pers0002.ocp] a judicious [& | and]&and Pious  Indian who we when Providence [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall open a door.  we have [alſo | also]alſoalso the [Pleaſure | pleasure]Pleaſurepleasure to Inform you that there are  [illegible]Eight ^[above] or ten^or ten Indian youth in this School[org0098.ocp] of Good Moral Character  well [accompliſhd | accomplished]accompliſhdaccomplished for School [maſters | masters]maſtersmasters Except their want of age  [& | and]&and fortitutude, we [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose to Send forth two or three of  [theſe | these]theſethese next Spring to Remote Tribes, Next Spring in  the Capacity of [Schoolmaſters | schoolmasters]Schoolmaſtersschoolmasters [& | and]&and Expect by the [bleſsing | blessing]bleſsingblessing  of God that in the [Courſe | course]Courſecourse of a year they will be  [ſo | so]ſoso far [Maſters | masters]Maſtersmasters of ^[above] [acquinted | acquainted]acquintedacquainted with^[acquinted | acquainted]acquintedacquainted with [ye | the]yethe [Cuſtoms | customs]Cuſtomscustoms, [& | and]&and Languages of [thoſe | those]thoſethose na tions that it may be [probly | probably]problyprobably Expedient to ordain [& | and]&and purpose them as [miniſters | ministers]miniſtersministers among them. we Expect  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Charles [Jeoffry | Jeffery]JeoffryJeffery Smith[pers0500.ocp] will Return as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as it will  be Safe for him on a [miſsion | mission]miſsionmission to the Six Nations[org0090.ocp]. —  [& | and]&and The Union of all [thoſe | those]thoſethose in the Same plan we ap rehend will afford [amore | a more]amorea more [agreable | agreeable]agreableagreeable [proſpect | prospect]proſpectprospect than has  ever yet [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared of this kind. but [theſe | these]theſethese Things  we have determined upon without a Shilling in  Stock, Relying only on him [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose the Earth is [& | and]&and the  [fullneſs | fullness]fullneſsfullness [there of | thereof]there ofthereof to Support the Same, who has hither  to [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared to own the Design [& | and]&and [Increaſe | increase]Increaſeincrease it from Small  beginnings nor has [Sufferd | suffered]Sufferdsuffered [thoſe | those]thoſethose who have [truſtd | trusted]truſtdtrusted in him  to be [aſhamed | ashamed]aſhamedashamed of their Confidence. — and we have ^[above] doubt^doubt  From ^[above] [conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering^[conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering the Great Charater ^[above] [Evidince | evidence]Evidinceevidence^[Evidince | evidence]Evidinceevidence of the Piety, [& | and]&and [Generoſity | generosity]Generoſitygenerosity of  your [honle | honourable]honlehonourable Society Stong hope ^[above] we doubt not^we doubt not that when the Impor tance of this affair [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall be maturely [Conſidd | considered]Conſiddconsidered by you  you will [agreably | agreeably]agreablyagreeably to the Other [Expreſsn | expression]Expreſsnexpression of your  Pious Zeal do all that your [wiſdom | wisdom]wiſdomwisdom [& | and]&and Power Ena bles you to do to Render as Capable to Execute [theſe | these]theſethese  Great [& | and]&and Good Designs. as the Expected openings will  [probebly | probably]probeblyprobably Induce [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries, [& | and]&and [Schoolmaſters | schoolmasters]Schoolmaſtersschoolmasters to [viſit | visit]viſitvisit the  Remoter Tribes than any of our [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries have  hitherto [Reach.d | reached]Reach.dreached [& | and]&and [theſe | these]theſethese [miſsionaries | missionaries]miſsionariesmissionaries mostly Indians we conceive  will give them more [Convincg | convincing]Convincgconvincing [prooff | proof]prooffproof of the  sincerity of our Intentions, [& | and]&and Incline them to Send their  [Promiſing | promising]Promiſingpromising youth when Invited to Receive an Education  with us, [ſo | so]ſoso we hope the [Honle | Honourable]HonleHonourable Society[org0096.ocp] will think  this [Scool | school]Scoolschool[org0098.ocp] which [subſiſts | subsists]subſiſtssubsists on no other Fund but the Care  [& | and]&and bounty of divine Providence to be an object worthy  of their Kind notice [& | and]&and attention Encourgment — 
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0305.ocp our King mentioned Frederick, George William
pers0036.ocp M r Mr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0002.ocp Sam ll Samuel Aſhpo Ashpo mentioned Ashpo, Samuel
pers0500.ocp M r Mr. Charles Jeoffry Jeffery Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery

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place0122.ocp Leb n Lebanon Lebanon

Organizations identified in this document:

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org0096.ocp HonleHonourable Society in Scotland for Propagating ChriſtianChristian Knowledge Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0034.ocp bordboard of Correſpondentscorrespondents in the Colony of ContConnecticut Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0096.ocp your Hon.lehonourable ſo cietysociety Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0090.ocp Six Nations Six Nations
org0095.ocp London CommiſionersCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0090.ocp Six Nations Six Nations
org0096.ocp the HonleHonourable Society Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0098.ocp Scoolschool Moor’s Indian Charity School

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