Robert Keen, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 August 20


[note (type: abstract): Keen warns Whitaker away from Mr. Richards, advises him against appearing separately from Occom, explains why he hasn't received the Narratives, describes the men who might support him and Occom in their travels, and gives news about their maid in London.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate-to-heavy staining, creasing and wear. There is preservation work done on the heavy central crease.][note (type: ink): Dark-brown ink bleeds through the paper.]

EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain

[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [S.r | Sir,]S.rSir,
For these 2 Tuesdays ^[above] past^past we have only had [ Mr | Mr.] MrMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp], [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Savage[pers0465.ocp], [my Self | myself]my Selfmyself with [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp]: — — we all believe you Endeavour to Act for the best; but were [fearfull | fearful]fearfullfearful by Your Courting the Favours of [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Richards[pers0443.ocp], illegible[&c | etc.]&cetc. [&c | etc.]&cetc. (who are in [ ye | the] yethe esteem of those we count Orthodox wretched Creatures ^[above] (in their Tenets)^(in their Tenets) [& | and]&and have even wrote against [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Evans[pers0186.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc.) that ^[above] you^you might thereby damp all the others who were hearty; [& | and]&and as the saying is, between 2 stools you might fall to [ye | the]yethe Ground — it [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed like [leaveing | leaving]leaveingleaving a Certainty for an Uncertainty But we Hope [& | and]&and Pray You may have that Wisdom given You which is proper to direct — no hint of this sort was intended by [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp], nor any of us, to cast you down but as a Friendly Caution, [agreable | agreeable]agreableagreeable to your desire [& | and]&and for [ye | the]yethe good of [ye | the]yethe Cause you are [engag'd | engaged]engag'dengaged in — as to [ M.r | Mr.] M.rMr. [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom [pers0030.ocp] [& | and]&and you going to [Seperate | separate]Seperateseparate places, it is [judg'd | judged]judg'djudged he is not [compleat | complete]compleatcomplete without you, nor You without him; [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless in places of small note [& | and]&and withal he be accompanied with some person of Influence — to be sure dispatch in your Affairs is desirable, when it can be done without Detriment — — Your Two selves who are upon the Spot are best Judges — The Lord direct you for the best! — will not [ye | the]yethe [28th | 28th]28th28th Instant[1766-08-28] be too soon to leave Bristol[place0020.ocp]? it is a large place, [& | and]&and should but little be done there, it will not ^[above] have^have a good look — on the other-hand if all is done that is like to be done there in that time, ['twill | it will]'twillit will be a pity to
Loiter away your time, which all that knows your Active Disposition, knows can't but be [disagreable | disagreeable]disagreabledisagreeable — in this Likewise I hope [you'l | you'll]you'lyou'll be directed — ['tis | it is]'tisit is provoking to find you are disappointed by not [receiveing | receiving]receiveingreceiving the Narratives. in 5 minutes after [Recieveing | receiving]Recieveingreceiving your Letter, I sent to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Oliver[pers0797.ocp]s, they were ^[right] sent^sent last Friday [Sen'night | Sevennight]Sen'nightSevennight [& | and]&and directed for the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] at [ye | the]yethe Tabernacle in the Old Orchard[place0229.ocp] Bristol[place0020.ocp] [& | and]&and his man [Deliver'd | delivered]Deliver'ddelivered them to [ye | the]yethe Carrier himself, who said his name was James, at [ye | the]yethe 3 Cups in Bread street London[place0017.ocp]—. I have [order'd | ordered]order'dordered the same ^[above] man^man to go directly to [ye | the]yethe Inn [& | and]&and see if by mistake they were neglected to be put in [ye | the]yethe [waggon | wagon]waggonwagon when loading — I would send more directly, only hope before now they are come to your hands — — The Bristol[place0020.ocp] people in general I believe are not so Generous in Money matters as the Londoners [& | and]&and others — [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Phene[pers0426.ocp] acts a Noble part indeed made it appear like a Contrast to us; your going from a Man of his Sortment to Richards[pers0443.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc. [&c | etc.]&cetc.[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Tho.s | Thomas ]Tho.s Thomas Cox[pers0142.ocp] thinks of setting out for Exeter[place0071.ocp] on Thursday [ye | the]yethe [28th | 28th]28th28th [Ins.t | instant]Ins.tinstant [1766-08-28] he may pave the way for you [& | and]&and now I think on it, if he can Conveniently he may take some Narratives with him — when You are About to Move [& | and]&and can let us know where ^[above] you^you are like to be in a few days, whoever of us are Acquainted with any leading men there, would send letters to them for Example at Bradford[place0015.ocp] I'm intimate with [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Spencer[pers0510.ocp] the Clergyman — with [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Richd | Richard]RichdRichard Haynes[pers0249.ocp] [ye | the]yethe Baptist minister — [wth | with]wthwith [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Shrapnell[pers0485.ocp] [ye | the]yethe Clothier [& | and]&and many others, to Each of [ye | the]yethe above you give my hearty Love [& | and]&and hope they'll be as Ser‐ -viceable in the Affair you are come about as they [poſsibly | possibly]poſsiblypossibly can — —
[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] has [recd | received]recdreceived a letter from [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Stillingfleet[pers0520.ocp], who was very sorry he was not at home when you was there — Seems very hearty [& | and]&and doubts not but something Considerable will be done for you there; November he reckons the best time — [D..r | Dr.]D..rDr. Franklin[pers0204.ocp] is abroad [& | and]&and is Expected home [ye | the]yethe [begining | beginning]beginingbeginning of [ | October] Oct..brOctober his Recommendation will be of real Service [& | and]&and will be got for [& | and]&and sent to you as soon as he arrives — your maid Always desires I would send her Duty to you both — [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Stafford[pers0515.ocp] wanted a Maid [& | and]&and would have had her, she
Consulted with me [gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): t]told her by no means, she must be your Servant [till | 'til]till'til you Quitted London[place0128.ocp] — she is one that you can trust, [& | and]&and knows your method [& | and]&and all that comes after You — she [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed very well [satisfy'd | satisfied]satisfy'dsatisfied when I told her as above — what you have to say about her (if you have [any thing | anything]any thinganything) let it be in my Letter— as I don't know [wether | whether]wetherwhether [she^[above] d^d | she'd]she^[above] d^dshe'd like I should say [any thing | anything]any thinganything or no — — I don't know [any thing | anything]any thinganything particular more I have to say at present, only your Friends ^[above] here^here are all hearty in wishing well to your undertaking [& | and]&and none more [then | than]thenthan [S:r | Sir]S:rSir
[yr | your]yryour Real [Frd | friend]Frdfriend [& | and]&and [Servt | servant]Servtservant [Robt | Robert]RobtRobert Keen[pers0301.ocp]
P. S. Hearty Love to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp], accept [ye | the]yethe same [yrself | yourself]yrselfyourself
[left] From [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Keen[pers0301.ocp] Aug. [20. | 20th]20.20th 1766[1766-08-20]
From [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Keen[pers0301.ocp] Aug. [20. | 20th]20.20th 1766[1766-08-20]
To The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. [Nath:l | Nathaniel]Nath:lNathaniel Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] at [ M:r | Mr.] M:rMr. Irelands[pers0275.ocp] [Mercht | Merchant]MerchtMerchant  [Bristoll | Bristol]BristollBristol [place0020.ocp]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0037.ocp M r Mr. Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0497.ocp M r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0465.ocp M r Mr. Savage mentioned Savage, Samuel
pers0038.ocp M r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0443.ocp M r Mr. Richards mentioned Richards
pers0186.ocp M r Mr. Evans mentioned Evans
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0797.ocp M r Mr. Oliver mentioned Oliver
pers0426.ocp M r Mr. Phene mentioned Phene
pers0443.ocp Richards mentioned Richards
pers0142.ocp M r Mr. Tho. s Thomas Cox mentioned Cox, Thomas
pers0510.ocp M r Mr. Spencer mentioned Spencer
pers0249.ocp M r Mr. Rich d Richard Haynes mentioned Haynes, Richard
pers0485.ocp M r Mr. Shrapnell mentioned Shrapnell
pers0520.ocp M r Mr. Stillingfleet mentioned Stillingfleet
pers0204.ocp D.. r Dr. Franklin mentioned Franklin
pers0515.ocp M r Mr. Stafford mentioned Stafford
pers0301.ocp Rob t Robert Keen writer Keen, Robert
pers0030.ocp M r Mr. Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0301.ocp m r Mr. Keen writer Keen, Robert
pers0037.ocp M: r Mr. Nath: l Nathaniel Whitaker recipient Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0275.ocp M: r Mr. Irelands mentioned Ireland

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place0020.ocp Bristol Bristol
place0229.ocp Tabernacle in the Old Orchard Tabernacle in the Old Orchard
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