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


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock writes to Occom enclosing the commission from Scotland for his mission to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and advises him to find a donor to supply him with money.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is largely clear and legible, yet letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Single sheet is in fair condition with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. Some disintegration has resulted in a minor loss of text. Repair work has been done.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): Address is written in a different hand. At the top of one verso, above the address, is written in a third, likely 19th-century hand: “wheelock 1764” and “EW” is written in lighter ink at the bottom. Manuscript 764475.3 is a copy of this letter.]
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]   Sir. 
Your Time is So [ſhort | short]ſhortshort, and your [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness so crowd­ ­ing, that I can't [illegible][deſire | desire]deſiredesire Such an addition to your Burden, as your  coming hither again would be: I therefore take this way to [writ | write]writwrite  to you what I would Say more fully if you were here.
and in the [firſt | first]firſtfirst place, I [Suſpect | suspect]Suſpectsuspect you will [miſs | miss]miſsmiss of [Seing | seeing]Seingseeing [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp]  on his Return from [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp]. and also of Seeing [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp],  who I hear [preachd | preached]preachdpreached Some weeks ago at [Phyladelphia | Philadelphia]PhyladelphiaPhiladelphia[place0186.ocp], and [conſe ­quently | conse quently]conſe ­quentlyconse quently you will [miſs | miss]miſsmiss of receiving any [Supplys | supplies]Supplyssupplies which he may have  got for your Journey, and if So, I [adviſe | advise]adviſeadvise you to [repreſent | represent]repreſentrepresent the  [Caſe | case]Caſecase to Some able Friends at New York[place0166.ocp], and if you can get  Supply no other way, hire the money of Some good Friend ['till | 'til]'till'til  you return.
I herewith Send you a Copy of our [Commiſsion | commission]Commiſsioncommission from Scotland[place0203.ocp], in order  that you may [Shew | show]Shewshow it, if you Shall have [Occaſion | occasion]Occaſionoccasion, to [Gen.l | Gen.]Gen.lGen. Gage[pers0211.ocp], [Gen.l | Gen.]Gen.lGen.  [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp], or others.
I would have you Obtain 15. or 20. youth, if you can procure those  which are likely, of remote Tribes of Indians. and if you hear that which  is encouraging of good Peter[pers0419.ocp] at [Onohoquagee | Onaquaga]OnohoquageeOnaquaga[place0182.ocp], and those two Boys there  who were [offer'd | offered]offer'doffered to [y.e | the]y.ethe [Com̅iſsrs | Commissioners]Com̅iſsrsCommissioners at [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[org0011.ocp], Let them be of the number.
There was [alſo | also]alſoalso an [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish [Ladd | lad]Laddlad with the [Mohocks | Mohawks]MohocksMohawks[org0062.ocp] to learn their  Tongue, before this war, who I hear is very likely; if you can Obtain  Such an one, do it. I [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall leave the Proportion of Girls, to you, [& | and]&and [gen.l | Gen.]gen.lGen. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0292.ocp],  [whoſe | whose]whoſewhose advice I would have you take in every thing, when it [maybe | may be]maybemay be had.
and [deſire | desire]deſiredesire, you let all the Children, whom you bring, know that they dont  come here to be without Government, nor to live a [lazey | lazy]lazeylazy, Sordid Life. but  to be fitted for [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness, [& | and]&and [usefulneſs | usefulness]usefulneſsusefulness in the world. and I am not afraid  that you Should [boaſt | boast]boaſtboast of my [mohack | Mohawk]mohackMohawk Boys' Proficiency in very [ſtrong | strong]ſtrongstrong Terms.
and dont fail to write to me of your [Progreſs | progress]Progreſsprogress, [Succeſs | success]Succeſssuccess, and any [Occurrance | occurrence]Occurranceoccurrence that  may be entertaining, by every Opportunity, as you know Friends at Home will be  glad to hear.
Send me an [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of what Labour you have or Shall hire upon my Credit  at Mohegan[place0143.ocp]. and what you [deſire | desire]deſiredesire me to do for your Family while you are gone.
and may the God of all Grace be with you, [& | and]&and David[pers0155.ocp] in all the way  whither you [goe | go]goego, 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 the  Savour of his Name, and the Knowledge of the great Salvation,  far among the Pagans.
Remember me [Reſpectfully | respectfully]Reſpectfullyrespectfully to Friends in y[gap: tear][guess (ivys): ou]our way, [eſpecially | especially]eſpeciallyespecially  at N. York[place0166.ocp].— which with Love [&c | etc.]&cetc. is the n[gap: tear][guess (ivys): ee]eedful from
Yours Affectionately  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]. 
[Aug.t | August]Aug.tAugust [27:th | 27th]27:th27th[1764-08-27]  P.S. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] [returnd | returned]returndreturned  [laſt | last]laſtlast Evening, has got no money.  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] is at [N. | New]N.New York[place0166.ocp]. talks of  going to Albany[place0001.ocp] this week. if he can  he will Serve you if he cant, acquaint [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]— do the [beſt | best]beſtbest you can— 
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]. 
 To  The [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. [Samſon | Samson]SamſonSamson Occom[pers0030.ocp]   at   Mohegan[place0143.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. 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
pers0292.ocp gen. l Gen. Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, William
pers0155.ocp David mentioned Fowler, David
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Samſon Samson Occom recipient Occom, Samson

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0186.ocp Phyladelphia Philadelphia Philadelphia
place0166.ocp New York New York
place0203.ocp Scotland Scotland
place0182.ocp Onohoquagee Onaquaga Onaquaga
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0166.ocp N. York New York
place0166.ocp N. New York New York
place0001.ocp Albany Albany

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id Text in document Authorized Name
org0011.ocp Com̅iſsrsCommissioners at BoſtonBoston Boston Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0062.ocp the MohocksMohawks Mohawk Nation

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1764-08-25 25.th25th Aug,tAugust 1764
1764-08-27 Aug.tAugust 27:th27th

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