George Whitefield, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 9


[note (type: abstract): Whitefield strongly urges Wheelock to detail the school's accounts and send them to the Trust. He also notes his disapproval of the arrangement with Mr. Eells, and discusses other Charity School business.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There is preservation work on particularly heavy creases.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): On one recto, in the second sentence, "Ebenzer" is a reference to 1 Samuel 7:12. There are three trailers, each in a different hand.]

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 My Dear Friend 
With all humility [& | and]&and  gratitude of heart let us set up our Ebenezer—  Hitherto [aſsuredly | assuredly]aſsuredlyassuredly the Lord hath helped— The trust  is settled— Be pleased to send an immediate let‐ ter of thanks with Your full approbation of  what hath been ^[above] done^done and an earnest desire that they  [w.d | would]w.dwould continue to act according to their present  most agreeably concerted plan— But how came  You to draw for so many hundreds this last  Year? And why no account of the [Disbursments | disbursements]Disbursmentsdisbursements.  This must be annually and punctually remitted—  I hope no money is lodged in Traders hands 
If so, it must be drawn out expended and accounted for  before any more will be transmitted— All letters must now  be sent to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Robert Keen[pers0301.ocp] Woollen Draper in the Mino‐ ries[place0140.ocp]— He is so kind as to act as Secretary and Deputy Trea‐ surer at least for One Year— Surely never was there a more  unexceptionable disinterested set of Trustees[org0103.ocp] in the  world— All may well join in saying, What hath God  wrought! I want to know who hath wrote either  against [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] or [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp]— I hope they have not  wrote against each other— The former is [unpolish'd | unpolished]unpolish'dunpolished [& | and]&and  forward— But as He hath had and will have a set of  Good [Councellors | counselors]Councellorscounselors He will [goe | go]goego through very well— He is  [some what | somewhat]some whatsomewhat [improv'd | improved]improv'dimproved since His arrival— He is certainly  very [indefatigble | indefatigable]indefatigbleindefatigable— But I think the scheme concerted  with [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Eels | Eells]EelsEells[pers0178.ocp] [&c | etc.]&cetc. very iniquitous and exceedingly imprudent—  [Occum | Occom]OccumOccom[pers0030.ocp] still attracts the approbation of all— He really  behaves wiell— Only I wish His continuance in England[place0068.ocp]  may not spoil him for the [wilderneſs | wilderness]wilderneſswildernessKirkland[pers0315.ocp] shines 
there [& | and]&and deserves peculiar notice— Is He or [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] to  be the [Succeſsor | successor]Succeſsorsuccessor nominated in Your Will?— Or would You  refer the Nomination to the Trust[org0103.ocp] and only mention One  to act [till | 'til]till'til [approv'd | approved]approv'dapproved of by them? I believe You will  find Pious Youths without a great Parade of [Claſsical | classical]Claſsicalclassical  [& | and]&and College learning the best [Miſsionaries | missionaries]Miſsionariesmissionaries— God direct  about the [scituation | situation]scituationsituation of the School[org0098.ocp]!— I am all for  Connecticut[place0048.ocp]— There this Institution[org0098.ocp] hath been most  encouraged— There it took its [riſe | rise]riſerise— There it will be most  visible— There most secure— But if such sums are drawn  for Annually ^[above] as have been drawn for this last Year^as have been drawn for this last Year after the Land Buildings [&c | etc.]&cetc. are paid for  where will be a remaining Fund? In a day or two, God  willing, I shall see General Lyman[pers0344.ocp], and then shall confer  with all [concern'd | concerned]concern'dconcerned more particularly about it— Write me  Your private sentiments [& | and]&and I will take care to improve them—  Excuse great haste— I Having scarce time to subscribe myself  my Dear Friend
Yours [&c | etc.]&cetc. in the name of Jesus  of Nazareth  [GW | George Whitefield]GWGeorge Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] 
Rev. [G. | George]G.George Whitefield[pers0038.ocp],  [Feb. | February]Feb.February 9, 1767[1767-02-09].  From The [Rev:d | Rev.]Rev:dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [G | George]GGeorge Whitefield[pers0038.ocp]  [Feby | February]FebyFebruary [ | 9th]9.th9th 1767[1767-02-09] 
[right] Boston[place0013.ocp] May [5th | 5th]5th5th 1767[1767-05-05] [Receivd | received]Receivdreceived  [& | and]&and [Forwardd | forwarded]Forwarddforwarded [⅌ | per]per [fr | favour]frfavour [yr | your]yryour Most Humble [Ser | servant]Serservant  [Jona | Jonathan]JonaJonathan Mason[pers0358.ocp]
Boston[place0013.ocp] May [5th | 5th]5th5th 1767[1767-05-05] [Receivd | received]Receivdreceived  [& | and]&and [Forwardd | forwarded]Forwarddforwarded [⅌ | per]per [fr | favour]frfavour [yr | your]yryour Most Humble [Ser | servant]Serservant  [Jona | Jonathan]JonaJonathan Mason[pers0358.ocp]
For  the [Rev:d | Rev.]Rev:dRev.  [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr.  [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]  In  Lebanon[place0122.ocp]   
[bottom] To  The [Rev.nd | Rev.]Rev.ndRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
To  The [Rev.nd | Rev.]Rev.ndRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0301.ocp Robert Keen mentioned Keen, Robert
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Occum Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0178.ocp M. r Mr. Eels Eells mentioned Eells, Nathaniel
pers0315.ocp Kirkland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0344.ocp General Lyman mentioned Lyman, Phineas
pers0038.ocp GW George Whitefield writer Whitefield, George
pers0038.ocp G. George Whitefield writer Whitefield, George
pers0038.ocp G George Whitefield writer Whitefield, George
pers0358.ocp Jon a Jonathan Mason mentioned Mason, Jonathan
pers0036.ocp Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0128.ocp London London
place0140.ocp Mino‐ ries Minories, the
place0068.ocp England England
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut
place0013.ocp Boston Boston
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0103.ocp Trustees Trust in England
org0103.ocp the Trust Trust in England
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp this Institution Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1767-02-09 Feb:February 9— 1767
1767-02-09 Feb.February 9, 1767
1767-02-09 FebyFebruary 9.th9th 1767
1767-05-05 May 5th5th 1767

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& and
w.d would
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improv'd improved
approv'd approved
concern'd concerned
GW George Whitefield
G. George
Feb. February
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Feby February
Receivd received
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yr your
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Jona Jonathan

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