Theophilus Chamberlain, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 September 10


[note (type: abstract): Chamberlain offers an account of his debts accrued as a missionary and argues that he should not owe any money to Wheelock's School.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small though mostly clear and legible. Letter case is often difficult to discern, especially with regard to the letters S and D. Summary of "rec'd" and "paid" is in a different, unknown, hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark brown.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.][note (type: layout): The first page of the letter is on two recto, not one recto.][note (type: noteworthy): It is uncertain to which organization Chamberlain refers when he mentions the "Boston Board," and so this organization has not been tagged. It is likely the New England Company[org0095.ocp].]
[Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. Sir
Yours of the [9th | 9th]9th9th of July[1767-07-09] I received [Some Time | sometime]Some Timesometime in [Auguſt | August]AuguſtAugust  and might have come and Seen you but that riding still hurts  me. I am a little [Surpriſed | surprised]Surpriſedsurprised at the Contents [conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering the  [Converſation | conversation]Converſationconversation I had with you [juſt | just]juſtjust as I came from your [houſe | house]houſehouse  and Some other Things. am however willing to do the [beſt | best]beſtbest  I can to give Satisfaction. as for being able to pay [somuch | so much]somuchso much  Money am not and it is likely never Shall be, as I am obliged  in [Conſcience | conscience]Conſcienceconscience to [profeſs | profess]profeſsprofess the Religion [calld | called]calldcalled Sandeman[org0147.ocp]; the preach= ing of which is not attended with Profit in [ye | the]yethe [Senſe | sense]Senſesense of the  World. am willing rather than trouble myself farther to [reſign | resign]reſignresign  up [moſt | most]moſtmost of my Books to you which may perhaps amount to  [10^[above] £^£ | £10]10^[above] £^££10 or [12^[above] £^£ | £12]12^[above] £^££12, yet am [perſwaded | persuaded]perſwadedpersuaded that had you [alowed | allowed]alowedallowed me to have  gone in the Service of the [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston Board when I [aſked | asked]aſkedasked it, I  Should have been quite clear and [conſiderable | considerable]conſiderableconsiderable more.  with Regard to the [laſt | last]laſtlast Sum received at Capt [Buttler | Butler]ButtlerButlers[pers0277.ocp], it ought  to be [conſidered | considered]conſideredconsidered that I went up the June[1766-06] before [laſt | last]laſtlast with  but about [8^[above] £^£ | £8]8^[above] £^££8 more than I then owed, that I received but  between [3^[above] £^£ | £3]3^[above] £^££3 and [4^[above] £^£ | £4]4^[above] £^££4 more [till | 'til]till'til I returned in the Spring, that  I hired an Interpreter [moſt | most]moſtmost of this Time; had Jacob [folower | Fowler]folowerFowler[pers0018.ocp]s  Board to pay for [moſt | most]moſtmost of it and many other thing for him, as  I have an Account of [9^[above] £^£..0s..2d | £9 0s 2d]9^[above] £^£..0s..2d£9 0s 2d which I paid and run in Debt  for him in four Months Time; had Calvin[pers0008.ocp] or [Moſes | Moses]MoſesMoses[pers0677.ocp] [likewiſe | likewise]likewiſelikewise  [illegible] ^[above] [moſt | most]moſtmost of^[moſt | most]moſtmost of the Time to Supply. had a [horſe | horse]horſehorse to buy and ride back= ward and forward with an Interpreter to fort hunter[place0078.ocp].  [conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering [theſe | these]theſethese things it cant be Strange that I was nigh  [80^[above] £^£ | £80]80^[above] £^££80 [Y.M. | York Money]Y.M.York Money in Debt which was in fact the [caſe | case]caſecase. My [principle | principal]principleprincipal  Debts were [Wm | William]WmWilliam Sabers[pers0460.ocp], my Landlord H[illegible]ch[illegible]mans, my Interpreter  Capt [Buttler | Butler]ButtlerButler[pers0277.ocp]s and [Cpt | Capt.]CptCapt. [illegible][guess (ivys): Kanynes]Kanynes, which amounted to above [70^[above] £^£ | £70]70^[above] £^££70.  [Beſide | Beside]BeſideBeside [theſe | these]theſethese owed a Number of little Debts, a [perticular | particular]perticularparticular   account
of which ^[above] I^I have not got; but as near as I can now recollect  the whole amounted to [79^[above] £^£ | £79]79^[above] £^££79 [beſide | beside]beſidebeside the Charge of my [laſt | last]laſtlast  Journey. The Money I had of Capt [Buttler | Butler]ButtlerButler[pers0277.ocp] was if I dont  [misſtake | mistake]misſtakemistake [8^[above] £^£ | £8]8^[above] £^££8 [Y. M | York Money]Y. MYork Money and had [5^[above] £^£ | £5]5^[above] £^££5 [L.M. | Lawful Money]L.M.Lawful Money when I left you.  I have here given the [beſt | best]beſtbest account I can of my Debts  [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless I was to make a Journey up the River on [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose
With Regard to what I [calld | called]calldcalled and [Stil | still]Stilstill call a [Diſcovery | discovery]Diſcoverydiscovery,  my [Expenſes | expenses]Expenſesexpenses were [somthing | something]somthingsomething extraordinary upon that ac= count, perhaps more than the [Circumſstances | circumstances]Circumſstancescircumstances of the Affair  will now Seem to vindicate in your Mind; Though had  it Succeeded as I and others expected I Should have met  with no [dificulty | difficulty]dificultydifficulty from that Quarter. Am now too-much  out of humor with the World and too much engaged in  [somthing | something]somthingsomething [elſe | else]elſeelse to [proſecute | prosecute]proſecuteprosecute [Scheemes | schemes]Scheemesschemes of that Nature, or that  Invention might Still [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer me Some worldly [Purppoſe | purpose]Purppoſepurpose.  am now willing to make known the Affair to you, if  [firſt | first]firſtfirst you will engage to make no [uſe | use]uſeuse of it nor to [Diſcover | discover]Diſcoverdiscover  it, [till | 'til]till'til you have [firſt | first]firſtfirst given me [Sufficent | sufficient]Sufficentsufficient Security that  I Shall receive no more trouble from what you [Suppoſe | suppose]Suppoſesuppose  I owe to the School[org0098.ocp]. When you have heard and examined  it you may then determine for yourself whether the  [Proſpect | prospect]Proſpectprospect of [Benifit | benefit]Benifitbenefit from it is equal to that of getting  [somthing | something]somthingsomething from one who will never have any thing to  pay. If Sir you dont like any of my [propoſals | proposals]propoſalsproposals,  [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to inform me what I shall do. In the mean  Time I remain
[Rev,d | Rev.]Rev,dRev. Sir  your Servant  [Theoph | Theophilus]TheophTheophilus Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp]
PS, Will send you as soon as I can  draw them out the [Reaſons | reasons]Reaſonsreasons why I ought  not to be made debtor to the School[org0098.ocp].
At South Hadley[place0216.ocp] [10th | 10th]10th10th [Septm | September]SeptmSeptember, 1767[1767-09-10]  To [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [E. | Eleazar]E.Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
To  [Rev,d | Rev.]Rev,dRev. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]  in  Lebanon[place0122.ocp]   
[top] From the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp]  [Sep.r | September]Sep.rSeptember [ | 10th]10.th10th 1767[1767-09-10]
From the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Chamberlain[pers0009.ocp]  [Sep.r | September]Sep.rSeptember [ | 10th]10.th10th 1767[1767-09-10]
[Recd | Received]RecdReceived  June before last more [y.n | than]y.nthan he [ow.d | owed]ow.dowed £8—  before he [returnd | returned]returndreturned in [ye | the]yethe Spring.- 3 − 10—  of [Cap.t | Capt.]Cap.tCapt. Butler[pers0277.ocp] 60—  when he went from here} 5—  last spring . . . }   ____________   [£ 76..10 | £76 10s]£ 76..10£76 10s [LM | Lawful Money]LMLawful Money
paid  for [Jo.s | Joseph]Jo.sJoseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp] [£9..8..2 | £9 8s 2d]£9..8..2£9 8s 2d  Horse ߞ 14ߞ  Sundry Debts ߞ 79ߞ  York Money [£102..8..2 | £102 8s 2d]£102..8..2£102 8s 2d [illegible]   25..12..[illegible][guess (ivys): ½]½   ___________  Lawful Money [£76.16..1 ½ | £76 16s 1½d]£76.16..1 ½£76 16s 1½d  besides Calvin[pers0008.ocp] [& | and]&and Moses[pers0677.ocp] to supply  [& | and]&and charge of his last Journey  [& | and]&and extraordinary Expense  about his discovery ߞ  all paid by [£76..10 | £76 10s]£76..10£76 10s
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0277.ocp Capt Buttler Butler s mentioned Butler, John
pers0018.ocp Jacob folower Fowler mentioned Fowler, Jacob
pers0008.ocp Calvin mentioned Calvin, Hezekiah
pers0677.ocp Moſes Moses mentioned Moses
pers0460.ocp W m William Sabers mentioned Sabers, Wm
pers0277.ocp Capt Buttler Butler mentioned Butler, John
pers0009.ocp Theop h Theophilus Chamberlain writer Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. E. Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0036.ocp Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0009.ocp M. r Mr. Chamberlain writer Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0277.ocp Cap. t Capt. Butler mentioned Butler, John
pers0288.ocp Jo. s Joseph Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, Joseph
pers0677.ocp Moses mentioned Moses

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place0078.ocp fort hunter Fort Hunter
place0216.ocp South Hadley South Hadley
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon

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id Text in document Authorized Name
org0147.ocp Sandeman Sandemanianism
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1767-07-09 9th9th of July
1766-06 June
1767-09-10 10th10th SeptmSeptember, 1767
1767-09-10 Sep.rSeptember 10.th10th 1767

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