Solomon Williams and Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to the Honorable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 1764 July 10

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[note (type: abstract): Williams and Wheelock write to inform 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. They state that the best prospect for furthering the Society's design lies with Wheelock’s Indian charity school, and that they hope to employ Occom and Ashpo.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is clear and legible, with very few deletions and additions.][note (type: noteworthy): Contents of letter are identical to those of 763900.0. The narrative mentioned on one recto is the first of Wheelock's "Narratives," printed in Boston in 1763.]
[Opener]
  To the Honoured Sirs, 
We take the earliest Opportunity, by Direction   of your Board of [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents[org0034.ocp] in the Colony of Connecti­  cut[place0048.ocp], to inform you, that, upon Receipt of your [Commiſsion | commission]Commiſsioncommission,  the Gentlemen named therein, met in Lebanon[place0122.ocp] July [4:th | 4th]4:th4th[1764-07-04],  [& | and]&and formed [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves by [chooſing | choosing]chooſingchoosing the proper Officers named,  to enable them to act in Capacity of your [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents,  and to give you an Account of their Doings, and [preſent | present]preſentpresent  [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects. And in the [firſt | first]firſtfirst place to return you our [warm­ eſt | warm­ est]warm­ eſtwarm­ est [& | and]&and [ſincereſt | sincerest]ſincereſtsincerest Thanks for the Honour you have done  them, in [commiſsioning | commissioning]commiſsioningcommissioning them to be [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents of your  Honourable Society[org0096.ocp]. We join our [earneſt | earnest]earneſtearnest Prayers  with you, and [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall by God's Grace unite our fervent  Labours to promote the excellent [Purpoſe | purpose]Purpoſepurpose your pious  Hearts are [ſet | set]ſetset upon; the Advancement of the [Kindgom | Kingdom]KindgomKingdom   of our [bleſsed | blessed]bleſsedblessed Redeemer, [& | and]&and [ſpreading | spreading]ſpreadingspreading the Savour of  his Knowledge among them who [ſit | sit]ſitsit in [Darkneſs | darkness]Darkneſsdarkness, and  the Region and Shadow of Death, the [moſt | most]moſtmost glorious  Object of your and our Attention. As the doing this  will [ſerve | serve]ſerveserve [alſo | also]alſoalso the [Intereſt | interest]Intereſtinterest of our King[pers0305.ocp], [ſo | also]ſoalso there is  one [Circumſtance | circumstance]Circumſtancecircumstance peculiarly obligatory on us, that the  [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess of it will be greatly beneficial to the Peace and  [Happineſs | happiness]Happineſshappiness of our own Country. We humbly take Leave  to inform your Honourable Board[org0096.ocp], that the [beſt | best]beſtbest [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect  which at [preſent | present]preſentpresent lies in our View, is in the School[org0098.ocp], [wch | which]wchwhich  has been for [ſome | some]ſomesome Time under the Care of the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev.   [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]; a Narrative of the [Riſe | rise]Riſerise [& | and]&and [Progreſs | progress]Progreſsprogress of  which to November 1762[1762-11] has been [ſent | sent]ſentsent to the [moſt | most]moſtmost  Honourable [Marquis of Lothian | Marquess of Lothian]Marquis of LothianMarquess of Lothian [pers0355.ocp], [& | and]&and other Members of  your Society[org0096.ocp]; but [leſt | lest]leſtlest they have failed to reach  you, we herewith [tranſmit | transmit]tranſmittransmit one; and expect you ^[below] will^will 
[left] To the [Honbl | Honourable]HonblHonourable Society in Scotland  for propagating [Chriſtian | Christian]ChriſtianChristian  Knowledge[org0096.ocp] july 1764[1764-07]
To the [Honbl | Honourable]HonblHonourable Society in Scotland  for propagating [Chriſtian | Christian]ChriſtianChristian  Knowledge[org0096.ocp] july 1764[1764-07]   
will be [ſerved | served]ſervedserved with the Continuation of it to November 1763[1763-11], either from  the [Preſs | press]Preſspress, or [Manuſcript | manuscript]Manuſcriptmanuscript from [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp], it having been [ſome | some]ſomesome Months  ago [tranſmitted | transmitted]tranſmittedtransmitted to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. John Smith[pers0497.ocp], Merchant there. And our [preſent | present]preſentpresent  [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects [& | and]&and [Purpoſes | purposes]Purpoſespurposes you will [ſee | see]ſeesee as follows. Though we have no [Aſsu­ rance | assu­ rance]Aſsu­ ranceassu­ rance of Peace with the Indians, yet entertain [ſtrong | strong]ſtrongstrong Hopes that the  [preſent | present]preſentpresent Troubles will be brought to a [ſpeedy | speedy]ſpeedyspeedy [Iſsue | issue]Iſsueissue. And are [perswa  ded | persua ded]perswa  dedpersua ded, that when that Event happens, it concerns us, to be as [ſpeedy | speedy]ſpeedyspeedy  as [Poſsible | possible]Poſsiblepossible in exerting our [utmoſt | utmost]utmoſtutmost Endeavours to [ſpread | spread]ſpreadspread the [Goſpel | gospel]Goſpelgospel as far  as may be into the Bowels of the Pagan Country; if [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible, before it is  thronged with unrighteous Dealers, [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose unbounded Avarice threatens  the [greateſt | greatest]greateſtgreatest [Miſschief | mischief]Miſschiefmischief to the [Cauſe | cause]Cauſecause. We have voted to take the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev.   [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] into our Service, if he may be freed from a [Preengagement | pre engagement]Preengagementpre engagement   to the London [Commiſsioners | commissioners]Commiſsionerscommissioners[org0095.ocp], which we expect may be without Difficult[gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): y]y]  We have [alſo | also]alſoalso referred to our Committee[org0034.ocp], the [ſending | sending]ſendingsending of Samuel [Aſhpo | Ashpo]AſhpoAshpo[pers0002.ocp],  a judicious [& | and]&and pious Indian, when Providence [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall open a Door.  We have [alſo | also]alſoalso the [pleaſure | pleasure]pleaſurepleasure to inform you, that there are eight or ten  Indian Youth in this School[org0098.ocp], of good Moral Character, well [accompliſhed | accomplished]accompliſhedaccomplished  for [ſhoolmaſters | school masters]ſhoolmaſtersschool masters, except their Want of Age [& | and]&and Fortitude. We [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose  to [ſend | send]ſendsend forth two or three of [theſe | these]theſethese, next [ſpring | spring]ſpringspring, to remote Tribes, in the Capa­ city of School [Maſters | masters]Maſtersmasters, [& | 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 [accquainted | acquainted]accquaintedacquainted with the [Cuſtoms | customs]Cuſtomscustoms [& | and]&and Languages of [theſe | these]theſethese Nations,  that it may be probably expedient to ordain [& | and]&and improve them as [Miniſters | ministers]Miniſtersministers among  them. We expect the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Charles Jeffry Smith[pers0500.ocp] will return as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as it will  be [ſafe | safe]ſafesafe for him, on a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission to the [ſix | Six]ſixSix Nations[org0090.ocp]. And the union of all [theſe | these]theſethese,  in the [ſame | same]ſamesame Plan, we apprehend will afford a more agreeable [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect than has  ever yet appeared of this kind. But [theſe | these]theſethese Things we have determined upon  without a [ſhilling | shilling]ſhillingshilling in [ſtock | stock]ſtockstock, relying only on him, [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose the Earth is, [& | and]&and the [Fullneſs | fullness]Fullneſsfullness  thereof, to [ſupport | support]ſupportsupport the [ſame | same]ſamesame; who has hitherto appeared to own the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign, [& | and]&and   [increaſe | increase]increaſeincrease it from [ſmall | small]ſmallsmall Beginnings; nor has [ſuffered | suffered]ſufferedsuffered [thoſe | those]thoſethose, who have [truſted | trusted]truſtedtrusted in  him, to be [aſhamed | ashamed]aſhamedashamed of their Confidence. And [conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering, the great Evidence  of the Piety [& | and]&and [Generoſity | generosity]Generoſitygenerosity of your Honourable Society[org0096.ocp], we doubt not that, when  the Importance of this Affair [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall be maturely [conſidered | considered]conſideredconsidered by you, you will,  agreeable to the other [Expreſsions | expressions]Expreſsionsexpressions of your pious Zeal, do all that your [Wiſdom | wisdom]Wiſdomwisdom  [& | and]&and Power enables you to do, to render us capable to execute [theſe | these]theſethese great [& | and]&and good  [Deſigns | designs]Deſignsdesigns ­ And as the expected openings will probably induce [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries and  School [Maſters | masters]Maſtersmasters to [viſit | visit]viſitvisit remoter Tribes than any of our [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries have hither  to reached; and [theſe | these]theſethese [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries [moſtly | mostly]moſtlymostly Indians, we conceive will give them  more convincing Proofs of the Sincerity of our Intentions; and incline  them to [ſend | send]ſendsend their [promiſing | promising]promiſingpromising Youth when invited, to receive an Education  with us: [ſo | so]ſoso we hope the [Hon.ble | Honourable]Hon.bleHonourable Society[org0096.ocp] will think this School, 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 Encouragement   
[Closer]
Signed by the Order, [& | and]&and in the Name; of the [Correſpondents | Correspondents]CorreſpondentsCorrespondents[org0034.ocp],  by,  Honoured Gentlemen,  Your [moſt | most]moſtmost humble [ Servents | servants] Serventsservants Solomon Williams[pers0039.ocp] [Preſes. | Praeses]Preſes.Praeses  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] [Secr.try | Secretary]Secr.trySecretary 
[Postscript]
NB. Jonathan  Huntington[pers0269.ocp] [Esqr | Esq.]EsqrEsq. is of  Windham[place0243.ocp] is [choſen | chosen]choſenchosen  [Treaſurer | treasurer]Treaſurertreasurer of the Board of [Correſpondents | correspondents]Correſpondentscorrespondents[org0034.ocp]   
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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 writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0355.ocp Marquis of Lothian Marquess of Lothian mentioned Kerr, William
pers0497.ocp M r Mr. John Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0002.ocp Samuel Aſhpo Ashpo mentioned Ashpo, Samuel
pers0500.ocp Charles Jeffry Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery
pers0039.ocp Solomon Williams writer Williams, Solomon
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0269.ocp Jonathan Huntington mentioned

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut
place0048.ocp Colony of Connecti­ cut Connecticut
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston
place0243.ocp Windham Windham

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org0034.ocp Board of Correſpondentscorrespondents Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0096.ocp Honourable Society Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0096.ocp Honourable Board Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0096.ocp your Society Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0096.ocp HonblHonourable Society in Scotland for propagating ChriſtianChristian Knowledge Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0095.ocp London Commiſsionerscommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0034.ocp our Committee Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0098.ocp this School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0090.ocp ſixSix Nations Six Nations
org0096.ocp Hon.bleHonourable Society Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0034.ocp CorreſpondentsCorrespondents Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

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1764-07-10 July 10:th10th 1764.
1764-07-04 July 4:th4th
1762-11 November 1762
1764-07 july 1764
1763-11 November 1763

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