Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1766 April 9

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[note (type: abstract): Wheelock writes to Occom about his family’s unmet needs — perhaps because of the influence of the “Antimason Party” — which he supplied on his own account. He cautions Occom not to be involved in the Mason land case, and gives him advice about his son Aaron’s bad behavior.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is slanted and appears to be somewhat rushed, but is mostly legible. Letter case is frequently difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded into four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear. The watermark is prominent.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): The phrase “Father Fowler” is underlined in pencil, as if by an editor or researcher.]

EventsMason Land Case, Occom’s inoculation, Fundraising Tour of Great Britain

[Opener]
My dear Son Occom[pers0030.ocp] 
I hope these will find you well [recoverd | recovered]recoverdrecovered of the  Small Pox— and that I may give you [pleaſure | pleasure]pleaſurepleasure in inform­ ­ing you that your Family are all well—
[M.rs | Mrs.]M.rsMrs. Whitaker[pers0583.ocp] wrote me in your wife[pers0029.ocp]'s name a few weeks  ago that her [Circumſtances | circumstances]Circumſtancescircumstances were needy — Capt Shaw[pers0477.ocp] for [ſome | some]ſomesome  [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason, to me unknown [Shewed | showed]Shewedshowed a [backwardneſs | backwardness]backwardneſsbackwardness to [ſupply | supply]ſupplysupply  her — I [gueſs | guess]gueſsguess it is through the Influence of the [Antimaſon | anti-Mason]Antimaſonanti-Mason  Party — I immediately the Same Day wrote an order to  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Breed[pers0005.ocp] to Supply her on my [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount with everything —  a few Days after, your Father Fowler[pers0202.ocp] was with me two  nights by whom I Sent, as much grain for her [preſent | present]preſentpresent relief  as your old [illegible]^[above] mare could^mare could Carry. and doubt not but She is, and will be,  well Supplied.
I hope God has made you more humble than you  have commonly been — and if So he will exalt [& | and]&and lift  you up — a pill or two in [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston I [tho't | thought]tho'tthought was a very  Goo[illegible]d preparative, I was glad to hear of that as well as  the approbation [Kindneſs | kindness]Kindneſskindness, and go[illegible][guess (ivys): o]od liking of your Friends  there
[Mrs | Mrs.]MrsMrs. Sarah Rogers[pers0455.ocp] [& | and]&and her [Siſter | sister]Siſtersister have wrote my Daughter[pers0760.ocp]  to inform them of [Mrs | Mrs.]MrsMrs. Occom[pers0029.ocp]'s [Neceſsities | necessities]Neceſsitiesnecessities that they may Sup­ ­ply them — my Daughter[pers0760.ocp] is glad of the Office and will take pain  about it— your Father told me that Aaron[pers0026.ocp] is not a good  Boy runs abroad and not So obedient to his Mother as he  Should be I [adviſed | advised]adviſedadvised to put him out to a good [Maſter | master]Maſtermaster, and  supply her Some other way
I hope you will keep quite clear of the [Maſon | Mason]MaſonMason Affair, or  you will bring an old [Houſe | house]Houſehouse about my Ears. You know   they 
they have nobody in that [caſe | case]caſecase to blame or contend with  but [myſelf | myself]myſelfmyself— They all know that the [Commiſsioners | Commissioners]CommiſsionersCommissioners[org0095.ocp] [Refuſed | refused]Refuſedrefused to  recommend you, or Send you; only on that Account — their  not Sending you has been no [Diſcouragment | discouragement]Diſcouragmentdiscouragement at all to me—  I have [Lookd | looked]Lookdlooked upon it as a [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign in Providence to Secure the  Glory more Effectually to God alone who performeth all  things for us —
You will See what I write [M.rs | Mrs.]M.rsMrs. Whitaker[pers0583.ocp]— and [excuſe | excuse]excuſeexcuse my  not being more particular in this — you may depend upon  it that nothing Shall be wanting for your Family within my  Power. Accept Love in Abundance from
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My dear Sir   Yours [moſt | most]moſtmost heartily,  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]
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[Trailer]
To [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]  April [9th | 9th]9th9th 1766[1766-04-09].
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0030.ocp Occom recipient Occom, Samson
pers0583.ocp M. rs Mrs. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Sarah (née Smith)
pers0029.ocp your wife mentioned Occom, Mary (née Fowler)
pers0477.ocp Capt Shaw mentioned Shaw, Nathaniel
pers0005.ocp M. r Mr. Breed mentioned Breed, Gershom
pers0202.ocp Father Fowler mentioned Fowler, James
pers0455.ocp M rs Mrs. Sarah Rogers mentioned Rogers, Sarah
pers0760.ocp my Daughter mentioned my daughter
pers0029.ocp M rs Mrs. Occom mentioned Occom, Mary (née Fowler)
pers0026.ocp Aaron mentioned Occom, Aaron
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom recipient Occom, Samson

Places identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0095.ocp the CommiſsionersCommissioners The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America

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1766-04-09 April 9..th9th 1766
1766-04-09 April 9th9th 1766

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