Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to, Samson Occom, 1764 August 25


[note (type: abstract): Copy of a letter in which Wheelock encloses the commission from Scotland for Occom's mission to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and advises him to find a donor to supply him with money.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is not Wheelock’s; it is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Single sheet is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark brown ink bleeds through paper somewhat.][note (type: noteworthy): This document is a copy of 764475.4.][note (type: signature): The signature is not Wheelock's.]
  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp],  Sir. 
Your Time is [ſo | so]ſoso short, and your [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness [ſo | so]ſoso  crowding, that I can't [deſire | desire]deſiredesire [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch an Addition to your Bur­  den, as your coming hither again would be: I therefore take this  Way to hint to you what I would [ſay | say]ſaysay more fully if you were here
And in the [firſt | first]firſtfirst place, I [ſuſpect | suspect]ſuſpectsuspect you will [miſs | miss]miſsmiss of  [ſeeing | seeing]ſeeingseeing [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] on his Return from [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp], and [alſo | also]alſoalso  of [ſeeing | seeing]ſeeingseeing [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp], who I hear preached [ſome | some]ſomesome weeks ago at  Philadelphia[place0186.ocp], [& | and]&and [conſequently | consequently]conſequentlyconsequently, you will [miſs | miss]miſsmiss of receiving any [Supplys | supplies]Supplyssupplies  which he may have got for your Journey; and if [ſo | so]ſoso, I [adviſe | advise]adviſeadvise you  to [repreſent | represent]repreſentrepresent the [Caſe | case]Caſecase to [ſome | some]ſomesome able Friends at New York[place0308.ocp], and if you  can get Supply no other Way, hire the Money of [ſome | some]ſomesome good Friend  till you return.
I herewith [ſend | send]ſendsend you a Copy of our [Commiſsion | commission]Commiſsioncommission  from Scotland[place0203.ocp], in order that you may [ſhew | show]ſhewshow it, if you [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall have  [Occaſion | occasion]Occaſionoccasion, to [Genl | Gen.]GenlGen. Gage[pers0211.ocp], [Genl | Gen.]GenlGen. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp], or others.
I would have you obtain 15 or 20 Youth, if you  can procure those that^[above] which^which are likely, of remote Tribes of Indians.  And if you hear that which is encouraging of good Peter[pers0419.ocp] at  [Onohoqagee | Onaquaga]OnohoqageeOnaquaga[place0182.ocp], and [thoſe | those]thoſethose two Boys there who were offered to  the [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners at [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[org0011.ocp], let them be of the Number.
There was [alſo | also]alſoalso an [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish Lad with the Mohawks  to learn their Tongue, before this War, who I hear is very likely:  if you can obtain [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch an one, do it. I [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall leave the Proportion  of Girls to you, [& | and]&and [Genl | Gen.]GenlGen. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp], [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose Advice I would have you  take in [every Thing | everything]every Thingeverything when it may be had.
And [beſure | be sure]beſurebe sure, you let all the Children, whom  you bring, know that they don't come here to be without Government,  nor to live a lazy [ſordid | sordid]ſordidsordid Life, but to be fitted for [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness and  [Uſefulneſs | usefulness]Uſefulneſsusefulness in the World. And I am not Afraid that you [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould [boaſt | boast]boaſtboast  of my Mohawk Boys Proficiency in very [ſtrong | strong]ſtrongstrong Terms.
And don't fail to write to me of your [Progreſs | progress]Progreſsprogress,  [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess, and any Occurrence that may be entertaining, by every  Opportunity 
Opportunity, as you know Friends at Home will be glad to hear.
Send me an Account of what Labour you have or [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall hire  upon my Credit ^[above] at Mohegan[place0143.ocp]^at Mohegan[place0143.ocp]; and what you [deſire | desire]deſiredesire me to do for your ^[above] Family^Family while  you are gone.
And may the God of all Grace be with you [& | and]&and David[pers0155.ocp] in  all the Way [whilher | whither]whilherwhither you go, and [inſpire | inspire]inſpireinspire you with [Wiſdom | Wisdom]WiſdomWisdom,  Prudence, Zeal, Courage, and holy Fortitude, and honour you  to be the [Inſtrument | instrument]Inſtrumentinstrument to [ſpread | spread]ſpreadspread the Savour of his Name, and  the Knowledge of the great Salvation, far among the Pagans.
Remember me [reſpectfully | respectfully]reſpectfullyrespectfully to Friends in your Way, [eſpe­  cially | espe  cially]eſpe­  ciallyespe  cially at New York[place0308.ocp] — which with Love [&c | etc.]&cetc. is the needful  from 
Yours affectionately   Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]    [Revd | Rev.]Revd Rev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] 
[aug.t | August]aug.tAugust 27th[1764-08-27] P.S. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] returned [laſt | last]laſtlast Evening, has got no Money,  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] is at [N-York | New York]N-YorkNew York[place0308.ocp]. talks of going to Albany[place0001.ocp] this Week  if he can he will [ſerve | serve]ſerveserve you, if he can't [accquaint | acquaint]accquaintacquaint [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]  do the [beſt | best]beſtbest you can — 
To [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp], [Augt | August]AugtAugust [25:th | 25th]25:th25th 1764[1764-08-25]   
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp Occom recipient Occom, Samson
pers0315.ocp m. r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0038.ocp M. r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0211.ocp Gen l Gen. Gage mentioned Gage, Thomas
pers0292.ocp Gen l Gen. Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0419.ocp good Peter mentioned Agwirondongwas, Gwedelhes
pers0155.ocp David mentioned Fowler, David
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0315.ocp M. r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0186.ocp Philadelphia Philadelphia
place0308.ocp New York New York City
place0203.ocp Scotland Scotland
place0182.ocp Onohoqagee Onaquaga Onaquaga
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0308.ocp N-York New York New York City
place0001.ocp Albany Albany

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org0011.ocp CommiſsionersCommissioners at BoſtonBoston Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

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1764-08-25 25th25th Aug.tAugust 1764
1764-08-27 aug.tAugust 27th
1764-08-25 AugtAugust 25:th25th 1764

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