Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to George Whitefield, 1764 August 7


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock writes that Occom is to be sent on a mission to the distant tribes, but that money is needed to finance the trip. He also updates Whitefield on various new students.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is not Wheelock's. It is formal, clear and legible; however, letter case is occasionally difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. Light repairs have been made to the central crease.][note (type: ink): Brown.][note (type: noteworthy): This document is likely a copy.]

EventsBuilding of Occom’s house

  My dear Sir,   
I have [loſt | lost]loſtlost no Time [ſince | since]ſincesince I received our [Commiſsion | commission]Commiſsioncommission  to prepare for [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]'s [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission. Last Friday Evening I received  the Vote of the London [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners in [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[org0095.ocp] [diſcharging | discharging]diſchargingdischarging [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]  from their Service. On Saturday Morning I [ſent | sent]ſentsent out to [deſire | desire]deſiredesire the  Committee[org0034.ocp] [& | and]&and [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] to meet on Monday (i.e [Yeſterday | yesterday]Yeſterdayyesterday) when in  Compliance with my [Propoſal | proposal]Propoſalproposal they unanimously agreed to [ſend | send]ſendsend [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]  as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as may be into the Mohawk[org0062.ocp] Country[place0142.ocp] to teach [& | and]&and preach as he [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall  have Opportunity as he [purſues | pursues]purſuespursues his Journey to Lake Ontario[place0118.ocp] or further  [till | 'til]till'til he meets General [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp] on his Return from Detroit[place0060.ocp], and before  the Indians with him from [diſtant | distant]diſtantdistant Tribes [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall [diſperſe | disperse]diſperſedisperse, in order to  make them an Offer of [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries [& | and]&and [School Maſters | schoolmasters]School Maſtersschoolmasters in the [moſt | most]moſtmost  [ſtriking | striking]ſtrikingstriking convincing [& | and]&and inviting Manner, for we apprehend that the  Countenance of the Mohawks[org0062.ocp], Oneidas[org0075.ocp], [Tuſcaroraes | Tuscaroras]TuſcaroraesTuscaroras[org0104.ocp], [& | and]&and [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch as are more  knowing [& | and]&and accquainted with the Affair together with [Genl | Gen.]GenlGen. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp]'s  Approbation [& | and]&and Recommendation will be ^[above] the^the [moſt | most]moſtmost likely means to invite  [& | and]&and move others to make it the Object of their Attention. I [alſo | also]alſoalso [propoſe | propose]propoſepropose   he [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall there recommend this School[org0098.ocp] [& | and]&and the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign of it, [& | and]&and procure  a Number of likely Boys [& | and]&and Girls from Tribes as remote as may be for it. 
We have [alſo | also]alſoalso concluded to [ſend | send]ſendsend David Fowler[pers0155.ocp] the [ſenior | senior]ſeniorsenior Youth  in this School[org0098.ocp] to accompany him in this Journey. 
And if [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. C. J. Smith[pers0500.ocp] were within our Reach we [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould [preſs | press]preſspress him  hard to take the Journey with them. And we yet hope he is not  [ſo | so]ſoso far on his [deſigned | designed]deſigneddesigned Tour to the Southward, but that he may [ſeaſo‐ nably | seaso‐ nably]ſeaſo‐ nablyseaso‐ nably hear of it [& | and]&and be inclined to go. 
And this we have done only on the Credit of the great Redeemer  without a Farthing in our Hands to [ſupport | support]ſupportsupport it, not doubting but by  your Means, or [ſome | some]ſomesome other Way it will be [ſupported | supported]ſupportedsupported if he [ſees | sees]ſeessees it  to be [beſt | best]beſtbest. they will need about £20. lawful Money. 
And as [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] has received Nothing for his Support [ſince | since]ſincesince  he came to Mohegan[place0143.ocp], [& | and]&and could not attend on this [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission without  [ſecuring | securing]ſecuringsecuring Labour about his Building [& | and]&and ingathering for the Winter,  I have this Day given Bonds to pay the [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary Labourers  which he [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall employ in his [Abſences | absences]Abſencesabsences. 
I have lately admitted to this School[org0098.ocp] in order to be fitted  for a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission with others next Spring, [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Titus Smith[pers0503.ocp] of Hadley[place0093.ocp]  of about 30 Years old who has [finiſhed | finished]finiſhedfinished his Learning at Yale  College[org0107.ocp], [& | and]&and expects the Honours of it next Month. He is a Man 
of eminent Piety, a good Scholar, [& | and]&and [conſiderably | considerably]conſiderablyconsiderably [uſed | used]uſedused to Indians, having  been in [ſeveral | several]ſeveralseveral Campaigns to the Northward. 
I have [alſo | also]alſoalso another (one Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp] of the [ſame | same]ſamesame Town) in  my Eye, who is about 26 Years old, and of the [ſame | same]ſamesame Character.  He is [juſt | just]juſtjust [entring | entering]entringentering his [laſt | last]laſtlast Year at Yale College[org0107.ocp]. He was taken  Captive by the Indians when Fort William Henry[place0082.ocp] was taken  [& | and]&and continued a Year in Captivity. 
My [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects are daily [increaſing | increasing]increaſingincreasing. It looks as [tho' | though]tho'though God had been  laying out for this [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign for many Years [paſt | past]paſtpast. and I [truſt | trust]truſttrust in him  that he will not [forſake | forsake]forſakeforsake it. 
I [han't | haven't]han'thaven't yet obtained a [Blackſmith | blacksmith]Blackſmithblacksmith to my Mind, but have  one in View who I hope will [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer my [Purpoſe | purpose]Purpoſepurpose. And I am  more [& | and]&and more [perſwaded | persuaded]perſwadedpersuaded of the Expediency of [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch a Device, and  that Nothing will likely more recommend our [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries and  [School Maſters | schoolmasters]School Maſtersschoolmasters to remote Nations than this Trade — 
The [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess of Sir William[pers0292.ocp]'s Tour hitherto [marvellously | marvelously]marvellouslymarvelously [in‐ creaſes | in‐ creases]in‐ creaſesin‐ creases our [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects. How [ſweet | sweet]ſweetsweet it is, my dear Sir, to live upon  God, [& | and]&and [ſee | see]ſeesee him performing all to our Hand while we are Nothing  [& | and]&and have Nothing that is good of our own. How [ſweets | sweet is]ſweetssweet is the Doctrine  of God's Grace. I long to be a [Chriſtian | Christian]ChriſtianChristian. 
You have my [beſt | best]beſtbest [wiſhes | wishes]wiſheswishes [& | and]&and Prayers that your Health may  be [reſtored | restored]reſtoredrestored, [& | and]&and your Life [& | and]&and [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness long continued. 
pray, pray for  Your poor Brother [& | and]&and Fellow Servant   
PS Love to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wright[pers0614.ocp] 
I have ordered the Bearer, my Pupil, [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Kirtland | Kirkland]KirtlandKirkland[pers0315.ocp] to follow you  as far as Philadelphia[place0186.ocp] if he don't overtake you [ſooner | sooner]ſoonersooner. By him you  may be informed of the [ſtate | state]ſtatestate of my School[org0098.ocp] Family [&c | etc.]&cetc. — No Time  [muſt | must]muſtmust be [loſt | lost]loſtlost in fitting [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] for his journey — And by [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Kirtland | Kirkland]KirtlandKirkland[pers0315.ocp]  you [muſt | must]muſtmust [ſend | send]ſendsend directly back to me if there [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall be [Occaſion | occasion]Occaſionoccasion for it  [& | and]&and no other Opportunity [preſenting | presenting]preſentingpresenting.  Give my Love to the Friends in Philadelphia[place0186.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc. (and if you  think [beſt | best]beſtbest) tell them I [earneſtly | earnestly]earneſtlyearnestly beg of them an Alms for [Chriſt | Christ]ChriſtChrist  He is hungry, [ſick | sick]ſicksick, in [Priſon | prison]Priſonprison, naked [& | and]&and barefoot; or rather his [Neceſs‐ ities | necess‐ ities]Neceſs‐ itiesnecess‐ ities are greater than [theſe | these]theſethese, for his Heart is infinitely [ſet | set]ſetset upon  [accompliſhing | accomplishing]accompliſhingaccomplishing a [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign which has already [coſt | cost]coſtcost him his Life, than  which nothing can more loudly call for their Liberality.  Yours ut ante [EW | Eleazar Wheelock]EWEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]. 
  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. George Whitefield[pers0038.ocp]  To [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] August [7th | 7th]7th7th  1764.[1764-08-07]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0292.ocp General Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0292.ocp Gen l Gen. Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0155.ocp David Fowler mentioned Fowler, David
pers0500.ocp M. r Mr. C. J. Smith mentioned Smith, Charles Jeffery
pers0503.ocp M. r Mr. Titus Smith mentioned Smith, Titus
pers0009.ocp Chamberlain mentioned Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0614.ocp M r Mr. Wright mentioned Wright
pers0315.ocp M. r Mr. Kirtland Kirkland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirtland Kirkland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0036.ocp EW Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0038.ocp George Whitefield recipient Whitefield, George
pers0038.ocp M. r Mr. Whitefield recipient Whitefield, George

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0142.ocp Mohawk Country Mohawk Country
place0118.ocp Lake Ontario Lake Ontario
place0060.ocp Detroit Detroit
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0093.ocp Hadley Hadley
place0082.ocp Fort William Henry Fort William Henry
place0186.ocp Philadelphia Philadelphia

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org0095.ocp London CommiſsionersCommissioners in BoſtonBoston The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0034.ocp Committee Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0062.ocp Mohawk Mohawk Nation
org0062.ocp Mohawks Mohawk Nation
org0075.ocp Oneidas Oneida Nation
org0104.ocp TuſcaroraesTuscaroras Tuscarora Nation
org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0107.ocp Yale College Yale University

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1764-08-07 AuguſtAugust 7:th7th 1764
1764-08-07 August 7th7th 1764.

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modernization Auguſt August
modernization 7:th 7th
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modernization ſince since
modernization Commiſsion commission
modernization M.r Mr.
modernization Miſsion mission
modernization Commiſsioners Commissioners
modernization Boſton Boston
modernization diſcharging discharging
modernization ſent sent
modernization deſire desire
modernization Yeſterday yesterday
modernization Propoſal proposal
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modernization ſoon soon
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variation till 'til
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modernization diſperſe disperse
modernization Miſsionaries missionaries
variation School Maſters schoolmasters
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modernization ſtriking striking
modernization Tuſcaroraes Tuscaroras
modernization ſuch such
modernization Genl Gen.
modernization alſo also
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modernization ſenior senior
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modernization ſecuring securing
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modernization Blackſmith blacksmith
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modernization Purpoſe purpose
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modernization Succeſs success
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modernization coſt cost
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modernization 7th 7th

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& and
tho' though
EW Eleazar Wheelock

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