Robert Keen, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 August 20


[note (type: abstract): Keen writes a lengthy letter to Wheelock about the progress of the fundraising tour in England, and the management of the funds collected.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages has been heavily reinforced, which makes it difficult to gauge the condition of the paper. It appears to be in good-to-fair condition, with light staining and wear, and heavy creasing.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.]

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [& | and]&and dear [Sr | sir]Srsir 
I have the [Happineſs | Happiness]HappineſsHappiness to acquaint you  Providence appears Remarkably to smile here on your  Indian School[org0098.ocp] affairs — there is already [Subscrib'd | subscribed]Subscrib'dsubscribed [& | and]&and Collected  Three Thousand Pounds Sterling— There is no doubt but the  Lord put it into your Heart at first, [& | and]&and has wonderfully Sup‐  -ported you [& | and]&and those Disinterested Creatures, such as [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp],  Fowler[pers0155.ocp], Occom[pers0030.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc. [&c | etc.]&c etc. who have truly gone with their Lives in  their hands [& | and]&and have as miraculously been [preserv'd | preserved]preserv'dpreserved. as your  Letters now before me of April [5th | 5th]5th5th[1766-04-15]-[29th | 29th]29th29th[1766-04-29] [& | and]&and June [24th | 24th]24th24th[1766-06-24] [& | and]&and Sundry former Ones  and many others dear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] when in America[place0003.ocp] transmitted to  me abundantly [Shew | show]Shewshow — from all which, together with the Lords  Opening the Hearts of his people to Subscribe so liberally; looks  as if the time was come, when the Lord will work a great Work  on the Earth; [& | and]&and [Litterally | literally]Litterallyliterally [fulfil | fulfill]fulfilfulfill his promises, [& | and]&and give his Son the  Heathen for his Inheritance [& | and]&and the uttermost parts of the Earth for  his [poseſsion | possession]poseſsionpossession — I hope your Life will be [preserv'd | preserved]preserv'dpreserved to see much  of this [accomplish'd | accomplished]accomplish'daccomplished; and have the pleasing Hopes of a  Foundation being laid, for its entire Accomplishment, when  you are dead [& | and]&and Gone. — — As [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] needed  [Aſsistance | Assistance]AſsistanceAssistance, we [judg'd | judged]judg'djudged it best, to have a weekly meeting of such  persons, who [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed quite hearty in the Cause. [& | and]&and Accordingly,  The [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Meſs:rs | Messrs.]Meſs:rsMessrs. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp], Brewer[pers0094.ocp], Hitchins[pers0259.ocp], [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Gibbons[pers0219.ocp],  [D:r | Dr.]D:rDr. [Gufford | Gifford]GuffordGifford[pers0221.ocp], [& | and]&and [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Stennett[pers0518.ocp]; together with [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp] of Boston[place0013.ocp],  Charles Hardy [Esqr | Esq.]EsqrEsq.[pers0246.ocp], [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Saml | Samuel]SamlSamuel Savage[pers0465.ocp] [& | and]&and [My self | myself]My selfmyself; have met some,  or all of us, every [tuesday | Tuesday]tuesdayTuesday; and purpose so to do, when [Meſsrs | Messrs.]MeſsrsMessrs.  Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [& | and]&and [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] are in the Countries round about, to send them  any advice and Letters of Recommendation to the leading men in  the places they are next to go to; and every other [needfull | needful]needfullneedful step proper  to be taken — and we all do agree, that [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] acts quite to  our satisfaction; listens to advice, and takes it when given — is most  Indefatigable in every instance [relateing | relating]relateingrelating to the affairs he is come about.  is greatly [belov'd | beloved]belov'dbeloved, and no One could have done better, [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless dear 
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] had come over himself — He is quite cut out for [ye | the]yethe work,  and in our Opinion, has been neither too speedy nor too slow; but has  acted prudently and Wisely, and has succeeded Accordingly — and we  likewise think it would ^[above] be^be Marring the Work to [recal | recall]recalrecall him, or send any other  in his Room, but let him go through with it, if please God spare his  Life, nor would we advise the least hint to be [dropt | dropped]droptdropped to him of that nature  to discourage him, but on the contrary [every thing | everything]every thingeverything that is [encourageing | encouraging]encourageingencouraging;  as we really think he ought to have the Approbation of all —  I've [aſsisted | assisted]aſsistedassisted him in his accounts from the beginning, as well for Your sake,  his sake, and the [publicks | public's]publickspublic's — I was thinking in this letter to have sent  you a list of those that have [Subscrib'd | subscribed]Subscrib'dsubscribed largely, but that I may do in a  Future one if requested — the Money Collected is Chiefly [lodg'd | lodged]lodg'dlodged in Bankers  hands; except the running Cash, which is chiefly in [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Savage[pers0465.ocp]^[above] s^s [& | and]&and mine; with  which I pay all the Bills drawn by You, and Accordingly I've paid a Bill  of Exchange of £100 Sterling dated [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember [ | 28th]28.th28th 1765[1765-11-28] drawn by [Nathl | Nathaniel]NathlNathaniel Eells[pers0178.ocp] of  Boston[place0013.ocp] to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. John Timmins[pers0544.ocp] or Order — — One of £52..13s..9p payable to  Moses Peck[pers0032.ocp] or [ordr | order]ordrorder dated at Boston[place0013.ocp] May [28th | 28th]28th28th[1766-05-28] — — One of £50 Sterling payable  to Asahel Clark [Junr | Jr.]JunrJr.[pers0128.ocp] or [Ord.r | order]Ord.rorder dated at Boston[place0013.ocp] May [29th | 29th]29th29th[1766-05-29] — One of £120 sterling  payable to [Gersham | Gershom]GershamGershom Breed[pers0005.ocp] or Order dated June — just paid — the Three last is  drawn by [your self | yourself]your selfyourself which is the most satisfactory of all — likewise let  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp] of Boston[place0013.ocp] (who I believe is one of the worthiest men in [ye | the]yethe world [& | and]&and  his being here a most Singular [bleſing | blessing]bleſingblessing to this affair) have £30 [& | and]&and £25 to be  by him in Bills [& | and]&and illegibleremitted to [& | and]&and for the use of [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] [& | and]&and Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] family [&c | etc.]&cetc. 
If these are all right, and any more is drawn, or you can Communicate  in what Channel you would like to have the Money ^[above] [Subscrib'd | subscribed]Subscrib'dsubscribed^[Subscrib'd | subscribed]Subscrib'dsubscribed run in — [wether | whether]wetherwhether a  Large Sum for Building a School at once or draw annually for certain sums  or Occasionally as you choose, or illegible[wether | whether]wetherwhether ever any Bills may be paid that  is not of your drawing ([tho' | though]tho'though we like to see your name best) in Short,  whatever you find Freedom to write, we shall read in our weekly meeting,  and endeavour to make the best use of it, to promote the design, both  among [our selves | ourselves]our selvesourselves and others, that seem able [& | and]&and willing so to do. — we do  not attempt to prescribe to you, but would contribute all we can to strengthen  your hands and enlarge your design — and [beg | being]begbeing continually ^[above] [call'd | called]call'dcalled^[call'd | called]call'dcalled upon to give  answers, some of One sort [& | and]&and some of another; [haveing | having]haveinghaving [engag'd | engaged]engag'dengaged ourselves fully in it,  should be glad to be [furnish'd | furnished]furnish'dfurnished with [every thing | everything]every thingeverything [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary to be known — 
Dear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] is as much [own'd | owned]own'downed [& | and]&and [bleſs'd | blessed]bleſs'dblessed here as ever, Large, Crowded  [& | and]&and Serious Congregations every time he preaches. and though he has been frequently  Brought low as to his Bodily strength, yet he has always been enabled to preach 
at least twice in a week; [Vizt | Visit]ViztVisit at Tottenham Court Chapel[place0234.ocp] on a Lords day Morning  at 10 o'Clock and at [ye | the]yethe Tabernacle near [Moorefields | Moorfields]MoorefieldsMoorfields[place0230.ocp] on a Wednesday Evening; 
Thousands will [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless God to Eternity they ever heard him —  I [swel'd | swelled]swel'dswelled this letter grea[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): tly bey]tly beyond my Intention — especially as I'm a  stranger to You— but b[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): elieve you']elieve you'll excuse [& | and]&and believe it to proceed from a  Real desire to promote [gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): the]the Redeemers Kingdom, and to Cultivate a  lasting Friendship [& | and]&and Correspondence with dear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]. 
I am [Dr | dear]Drdear [ S:r | sir] S:rsir Sincerely yours  in the Best of Bonds  [Robt | Robert]RobtRobert Keen[pers0301.ocp] 
P. S. all the [above-mentiond | above-mentioned]above-mentiondabove-mentioned Friends  [joyn | join]joynjoin in hearty Love — — please to direct for  me. Woollen draper in the Minories[place0140.ocp]London[place0128.ocp]  [Meſ | Messrs.]Meſs.rsMessrs. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [& | and]&and [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom [pers0030.ocp] are at Bristol[place0020.ocp] — I heard  from them yesterday are both well [& | and]&and well [Employ'd | employed]Employ'demployed — I believe they  will go from thence to Bath[place0006.ocp], Exeter[place0071.ocp], Plymouth[place0189.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc. [& | and]&and so finish their tour in [ye | the]yethe west 
P. S. There was a Bond on [Edwd | Edward]EdwdEdward Lollard[pers0336.ocp] for £100 [& | and]&and upwards sent [wth | with]wthwith a power of [Attourney | attorney]Attourneyattorney  to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Saml | Samuel]SamlSamuel Broome[pers0098.ocp] to [recieve | receive]recievereceive the Money [& | and]&and pay it into your hands — the person hopes  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Broome[pers0098.ocp] will not let him shuffle but makOblige him to pay it— 
From [ M.r | Mr.] M.rMr. [Rob.t | Robert]Rob.tRobert Keen[pers0301.ocp]  [Augs.t | August]Augs.tAugust 20. 1766.[1766-08-20]   
To  The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. [Eleazr | Eleazar]EleazrEleazar [Whelock | Wheelock]WhelockWheelock [pers0036.ocp]  at Lebanon[place0122.ocp] in   Connecticut[place0048.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0155.ocp Fowler mentioned Fowler, David
pers0030.ocp Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0038.ocp M r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0037.ocp M r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0038.ocp Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0094.ocp Brewer mentioned Brewer, Samuel
pers0259.ocp Hitchins mentioned Hitchens
pers0219.ocp D. r Dr. Gibbons mentioned Gibbons
pers0221.ocp D: r Dr. Gufford Gifford mentioned Gifford, Andrew
pers0518.ocp D. r Dr. Stennett mentioned Stennett, Samuel
pers0497.ocp M r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0246.ocp Charles Hardy Esq r Esq. mentioned Hardy, Charles
pers0465.ocp M r Mr. Sam l Samuel Savage mentioned Savage, Samuel
pers0037.ocp Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0465.ocp M r Mr. Savage mentioned Savage, Samuel
pers0178.ocp Nath l Nathaniel Eells mentioned Eells, Nathaniel
pers0544.ocp M r Mr. John Timmins mentioned Timmins, John
pers0032.ocp Moses Peck mentioned Peck, Moses
pers0128.ocp Asahel Clark Jun r Jr. mentioned Clark, Asahel
pers0005.ocp Gersham Gershom Breed mentioned Breed, Gershom
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp M r Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0301.ocp Rob t Robert Keen writer Keen, Robert
pers0030.ocp Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0336.ocp Edw d Edward Lollard mentioned Lollard, Edward
pers0098.ocp M r Mr. Sam l Samuel Broome mentioned Broome, Samuel
pers0098.ocp M r Mr. Broome mentioned Broome, Samuel
pers0301.ocp M. r Mr. Rob. t Robert Keen writer Keen, Robert
pers0036.ocp M: r Mr. Eleaz r Eleazar Whelock Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0128.ocp London London
place0003.ocp America America
place0013.ocp Boston Boston
place0234.ocp Tottenham Court Chapel Tottenham Court Chapel
place0230.ocp Tabernacle near Moorefields Moorfields Tabernacle at Moorfields
place0140.ocp the Minories Minories, the
place0020.ocp Bristol Bristol
place0006.ocp Bath Bath
place0071.ocp Exeter Exeter
place0189.ocp Plymouth Plymouth
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut

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org0098.ocp Indian School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1766-08-20 20th20th. Aug.stAugust 1766
1766-04-15 April 5th5th
1766-04-29 29th29th
1766-06-24 June 24th24th
1765-11-28 Nov.rNovember 28.th28th 1765
1766-05-28 May 28th28th
1766-05-29 May 29th29th
1766-08-20 Augs.tAugust 20. 1766.

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