Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 December 18


[note (type: abstract): Whitaker details the reasons for Occom's and his delay in sailing, and notes that Andrew Oliver was compelled to give up his position as Stamp Master.][note (type: handwriting): Whitaker's hand is formal and clear. It is occasionally difficult to differentiate between the letters “e” and “i” — in these instances the transcriber has used the correct spelling.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is some light repair work on a particularly heavy crease.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.]

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  My [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [& | and]&and Dear Brother 
You will [doubtleſs | doubtless]doubtleſsdoubtless wonder at the Date  of this Letter when you find I am Still in [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp]  But he that rules all things hath So ordered it. I have  been [aſſured | assured]aſſuredassured by [Cap.t | Capt.]Cap.tCapt.[pers0356.ocp] [& | and]&and owner[pers0243.ocp] too that next week,  [& | and]&and next week the Ship Should Sail but one thing [& | and]&and nother has prevented, [& | and]&and chiefly, I believe, [becauſe | because]becauſebecause the  [Cuſtom | custom]Cuſtomcustom [houſe | house]houſehouse was not open for clearances, [wch | which]wchwhich [yeſterday | yesterday]yeſterdayyesterday  was opened, but not on Stamps
We have had a [pleaſant | pleasant]pleaſantpleasant [& | and]&and odd farce here [yeſterday | yesterday]yeſterdayyesterday  Night before [laſt | last]laſtlast, notes were Set up about town requiring  [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Oliver[pers0031.ocp] to appear at [ye | the]yethe tree of Liberty in order [publick­ ly | public ly]publick­ lypublic ly to renounce his [Commiſſion | commission]Commiſſioncommission of Stamp [Maſter | Master]MaſterMaster, which he  had [recd | received]recdreceived [illegible]Since the former mob; on this the Secretary  Sent to the [majeſtrates | magistrates]majeſtratesmagistrates [& | and]&and principle merchants to [waite | wait]waitewait on  him [& | and]&and protect him from [inſult | insult]inſultinsult; accordingly they went  [yeſterday | yesterday]yeſterdayyesterday in the rain to a certain [houſe | house]houſehouse, where [Governer | Governor]GovernerGovernor  [Mackentaſh | MacIntosh]MackentaſhMacIntosh[pers0811.ocp] appointed, [& | and]&and there [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Oliver[pers0031.ocp] renounced  his [commiſſn | commission]commiſſncommission before the [Majeſtrates | magistrates]Majeſtratesmagistrates [& | and]&and [Merchts. | merchants]Merchts.merchants to their  [Satiſfaction | satisfaction]Satiſfactionsatisfaction, judging that his honour was Sufficient to  [Satiſfy | satisfy]Satiſfysatisfy the world that he would not act — where on the writ­ ing in which he renounced his [commiſſion | commission]commiſſioncommission was Sent into  another room to be approved by [Gov.r | Gov.]Gov.rGov. [Mackentaſh | MacIntosh]MackentaſhMacIntosh[pers0811.ocp]; [& | and]&and he Saw  fit to declare it would not do [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless he would walk to the  tree of liberty [& | and]&and [Sware | swear]Swareswear to it under [S.d | said]S.dsaid tree before the people.  [& | and]&and his Sovereign Mandates was immediate [illegible]obeyed, [& | and]&and the Se­ cretary, [Majeſtrates | magistrates]Majeſtratesmagistrates [& | and]&and [Merch.ts | merchants]Merch.tsmerchants walked in the Storm of  rain near half a mile [illegible]in S[obediance | obedience]obedianceobedience to his Excellency's  [Com.d | command]Com.dcommand — So things Seem to be quiet — [Cap.t | Capt.]Cap.tCapt. Scot[pers0821.ocp] came  in ^[above] 7 weeks^7 weeks from London[place0128.ocp] [laſt | last]laſtlast [Sab: | sabbath]Sab:sabbath brings no letters from [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp]  who wrote [& | and]&and sent by [Cap.t | Capt.]Cap.tCapt. Bruce[pers0803.ocp] a few days before. He  tells me that it Seems to be the general talk of [genlle­ men | gentle men]genlle­ mengentle men at home, that it will never do to put the Stamp act 
[left] From [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [Dec.r | December]Dec.rDecember 18. 1765[1765-12-18]  [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp].
From [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [Dec.r | December]Dec.rDecember 18. 1765[1765-12-18]  [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp].
into execution — If the weather favours we Shall Sail to morrow or Saturday — One [mr | Mr.]mrMr. ^[above] John^John Williams[pers0827.ocp] of this town goes  [withs | with]withswith us. [illegible]He is going home to Seek the Superintendency of In­ dian affairs in [illegible][Canady | Canada]CanadyCanada[place0303.ocp], [& | and]&and tis likely he will obtain it; [& | and]&and if he  does he Says he will give 5 or 600 per. [An: | annum]An:annum yto your [deſign | design]deſigndesign  He is a lover of good things [& | and]&and a generous gentleman, I [wiſh | wish]wiſhwish we  may help him in this affair — I can't but think he may be a  great [bleſſing | blessing]bleſſingblessinghis wife[pers0828.ocp] is a pious woman; [& | and]&and I hope he  is not void of religion —
What the [deſign | design]deſigndesign of providence is in detaining us here I  can't tell, but I believe [& | and]&and [truſt | trust]truſttrust that all is for the [beſt | best]beſtbest  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] is well, [& | and]&and I am hitherto much [pleaſed | pleased]pleaſedpleased with his conduct  he behaves with great [modeſty | modesty]modeſtymodesty [& | and]&and caution — he is [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): noticed]noticed not in­ vited to preach by any [miniſter | minister]miniſterminister in town except [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Morehead[pers0876.ocp]  but he does not [reſent | resent]reſentresent it — I have preached 5. or 6 evenings  every week, or thereabouts, Since I have been here, [& | and]&and never  Saw people more attentive [& | and]&and ready to crowd [to gather | together]to gathertogether, except  in times of awakening — I have not preached in [publick | public]publickpublic on a  week day except the [thirſday | Thursday]thirſdayThursday lecture [laſt | last]laſtlast week —
I hop[illegible]e you will endeavour to [bare | bear]barebear me on your heart  every day — The Eyes of all [ye | the]yethe continent [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost are on me;  [& | and]&and if I should [miſcarry | miscarry]miſcarrymiscarry, what a wound would it give to religion  [& | and]&and to the [cauſe | cause]cauſecause I am on — o pray for me every day — [& | and]&and  for my family [& | and]&and people — [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Peck[pers0032.ocp] [& | and]&and wife[pers0413.ocp] Send love to  their Son[pers0180.ocp] [& | and]&and to you all, [& | and]&and [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] too — [& | and]&and how much, I  can't tell you, is Sent ^[above] you all^you all from
your brother in the [beſt | best]beſtbest bonds   [Nathl | Nathaniel]NathlNathaniel Whitaker[pers0037.ocp]
N.B. [Yeſterday | Yesterday]YeſterdayYesterday [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Peck[pers0032.ocp] [recd | received]recdreceived from  [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Little[pers0330.ocp] 17 Pair of Shoes [& | and]&and a bun­ dle of Striped cloth [&c | etc.]&cetc. in a bag  which he will Send to [mr^[above] s^s | Mrs.]mr^[above] s^sMrs. Whitaker[pers0583.ocp] the [firſt | first]firſtfirst [oppertunity | opportunity]oppertunityopportunity  they were given [laſt | last]laſtlast Spring by that people for your  School —  [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0356.ocp Cap. t Capt. mentioned Marshall, John
pers0243.ocp owner mentioned Hancock, John
pers0031.ocp m r Mr. Oliver mentioned Oliver, Andrew
pers0811.ocp Governer Governor Mackentaſh MacIntosh mentioned MacIntosh, Ebenezer
pers0811.ocp Gov. r Gov. Mackentaſh MacIntosh mentioned MacIntosh, Ebenezer
pers0821.ocp Cap. t Capt. Scot mentioned Scot
pers0497.ocp m r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0803.ocp Cap. t Capt. Bruce mentioned Bruce
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker writer Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0827.ocp m r Mr. John Williams mentioned Williams, John
pers0828.ocp his wife mentioned Williams
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0876.ocp m r Mr. Morehead mentioned Morehead
pers0032.ocp m r Mr. Peck mentioned Peck, Moses
pers0413.ocp wife mentioned Peck, Elizabeth (née Townsend)
pers0180.ocp their Son mentioned Peck, Elijah
pers0030.ocp m r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp Nath l Nathaniel Whitaker writer Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0330.ocp m r Mr. Little mentioned Little, Ebenezer
pers0583.ocp m r s Mrs. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Sarah (née Smith)
pers0036.ocp m r Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0128.ocp London London
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