Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Robert Keen, 1767 October 16


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock says he is drawing money from the Trust in England, and urges Keen to relay its reaction to Wheelock's accounts. He writes about Brainerd's mission to Muskingum, Kirkland's mission to the Oneidas, Phineas Dodge and Joseph Johnson's schools in Oneida, and an "extraordinary and preternatural" occurrence, which he does not disclose.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is informal, with some abbreviations, additions and deletions.][note (type: paper): Small single sheet is in good condition, with light creasing staining and wear. A small tear at the bottom results in a minor loss of text.][note (type: ink): Dark brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): This document appears to be a draft.]
Dear [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Keen[pers0301.ocp].   
Not a line from you [ſince | since]ſincesince yours of March [23.d | 23rd]23.d23rd[1767-03-23] [& | and]&and [yo | you]yoyou  may [gueſs | guess]gueſsguess whether I'[illegible] not [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost Impatient to know  whether [thoſe | those]thoſethose noble and worthy Gentlemen of [y.e | the]y.ethe [Truſt | Trust]TruſtTrust[org0103.ocp]  are well [Setiſfied | satisfied]Setiſfiedsatisfied with the [Accots | accounts]Accotsaccounts [&c | etc.]&cetc. which I have [tranſmit | transmit]tranſmittransmit ‐ted — 
I hoped to have heard from [y.o | you]y.oyou before I [ſho.d | should]ſho.dshould be [neceſsi‐ ‐tated | necessi‐ tated]neceſsi‐ ‐tatednecessi‐ tated to draw any more Bills, but by the [encloſed | enclosed]encloſedenclosed you  will See Such openings in Providence as [muſt | must]muſtmust be em‐ braced, [what ever | whatever]what everwhatever [Incroachments | encroachments]Incroachmentsencroachments are made upon the  Capital— And I have accordingly [Signd | signed]Signdsigned a Bill in Favou^[above] r^r  of [Mſsrs | Messrs.]MſsrsMessrs. [Danl | Daniel]DanlDaniel[pers1476.ocp] [& | and]&and [illegible][Joſhua | Joshua]JoſhuaJoshua Lathrop[pers1477.ocp] for £140 Sterling. which  I have [recived | received]recivedreceived, and pray you to Honour. And expect to  Sign another in Favour of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Aſahel | Asahel]AſahelAsahel Clark[pers0128.ocp], as Soon as  my [Accotts | accounts]Accottsaccounts with him can be Settled. 
A few Days ago I [rec.d | received]rec.dreceived a Letter from [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Brainerd[pers0004.ocp]  [adviſing | advising]adviſingadvising that he is preparing for his proposed [Miſsion | Mission]MiſsionMission  to the Ohio[place0178.ocp] (ie to [Muſkangham | Muskingum]MuſkanghamMuskingum[place0148.ocp]) early next [ſpring | spring]ſpringspring  but cant get [Suppties | supplies]Supptiessupplies either for the Support of a Compan ‐ion or [School Maſter | schoolmaster]School Maſterschoolmaster — but depends upon me to do  it or [ye | the]yethe [Miſsion | Mission]MiſsionMission [muſt | must]muſtmust drop. I am of opinion it  [muſt | must]muſtmust be [purſued | pursued]purſuedpursued — The [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Buell[pers0006.ocp] told me  [laſt | last]laſtlast week, that [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Beaty[pers1465.ocp] told him, that there were  not [leſs | less]leſsless than 40 under deep, and So far as he [cod | could]codcould  See genuine convictions when he [& | and]&and [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Duffells | Duffield]DuffellsDuffield[pers0173.ocp]  left them [laſt | last]laſtlast Spring year. 
I gave you a Hint of Something extraordinary  and preternatural, [preparitory | preparatory]preparitorypreparatory to the Introduction  of those Gentlemen — and I [wod | would]wodwould have Served you  with a particular [& | and]&and [Circumſtantial | Circumstantial]CircumſtantialCircumstantial [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of it before  now had not [ye | the]yethe Letter [faild | failed]faildfailed in which it was. I expect  it Soon, and will Serve you with it as Soon as I can,  [unleſs | unless]unleſsunless the Report that [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Beaty[pers1465.ocp] ais gave to England[place0068.ocp] be   [confirm^[above] d^d | confirmed]confirm^[above] d^dconfirmed 
[confirmd | confirmed]confirmdconfirmed by whom you may have the original 
I have been hoping every Day according to the  Encouragment heretofore given, to receive a [ſupply | supply]ſupplysupply  of [cloathing | clothing]cloathingclothing for my School[org0098.ocp] [& | and]&and [Miſsionaries | Missionaries]MiſsionariesMissionaries, from  Home — I much [regrett | regret]regrettregret the Extraordinary [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense  of [cloathing | clothing]cloathingclothing them at our Merchants Shops. 
I [informd | informed]informdinformed you in a late [Litter | letter]Litterletter of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp]s  [deſign | design]deſigndesign to make Application to our [Gen.l | General]Gen.lGeneral [Aſsembly | Assembly]AſsemblyAssembly[org0027.ocp]  for [aſsiſtance | assistance]aſsiſtanceassistance in Setting up [Huſbandry | Husbandry]HuſbandryHusbandry among  his Indians — but the [preſent | present]preſentpresent favourable Appear‐ ‐ances among his people have determined him not  to leave them till next Spring. 
Two Days ago [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Dodge[pers0169.ocp] [& | and]&and Joseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp]  [Sat | set]Satset off in order to take [ye | the]yethe [illegible] Schools at [y.e | the]y.ethe two  Towers in [Onoida | Oneida]OnoidaOneida[place0179.ocp]. 
Give my [beſt | best]beſtbest Regards to good ^[above] dear^dear [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Smith[pers0497.ocp] if  he be yet with you — [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to let him [& | and]&and [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] See the [incloſed | enclosed]incloſedenclosed. 
And if [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] be from home, I give  you leave to open mine to him, but with  Such Caution in the use of [illegible]what I write as  [ye | the]yethe nature of [ye | the]yethe [Caſe | Case]CaſeCase requires, [& | and]&and your Prudence  Shall dictate.— 
We have a Rumour that [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] [& | and]&and [Mr | Mr.]MrMr.  Occom[pers0030.ocp] are in Ireland[place0108.ocp]. if they be with you  let them receive all as [tho' | though]tho'though wrote to [thim | them]thimthem  with my their families are well. 
My [Hond | honoured]Hondhonoured [& | and]&and dear [ſir | sir]ſirsir, pray for 
   Yours in the glorious Im̅anuel   Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
[right] Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [R: | Robert]R:Robert Keen[pers0301.ocp]  [Oct.r | October]Oct.rOctober [16th | 16th]16th16th 1767[1767-10-16]
Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [R: | Robert]R:Robert Keen[pers0301.ocp]  [Oct.r | October]Oct.rOctober [16th | 16th]16th16th 1767[1767-10-16]   
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0301.ocp M. r Mr. Keen recipient Keen, Robert
pers1476.ocp Dan l Daniel mentioned Lathrop, Daniel
pers1477.ocp Joſhua Joshua Lathrop mentioned Lathrop, Joshua
pers0128.ocp M. r Mr. Aſahel Asahel Clark mentioned Clark, Asahel
pers0004.ocp M. r Mr. Brainerd mentioned Brainerd, John
pers0006.ocp Rev. d Rev. M. r Mr. Buell mentioned Buell, Samuel
pers1465.ocp M. r Mr. Beaty mentioned Beatty
pers0173.ocp M. r Mr. Duffells Duffield mentioned Duffield, George
pers0315.ocp M. r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0169.ocp M. r Mr. Dodge mentioned Dodge, Phineas
pers0288.ocp Joseph Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, Joseph
pers0497.ocp M. r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith, John
pers0038.ocp M. r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0037.ocp M. r Mr. Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0301.ocp M. r Mr. R: Robert Keen recipient Keen, Robert

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0178.ocp the Ohio Ohio River
place0148.ocp Muſkangham Muskingum Muskingum County
place0068.ocp England England
place0179.ocp Onoida Oneida Oneida
place0108.ocp Ireland Ireland

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org0103.ocp y.ethe TruſtTrust Trust in England
org0098.ocp my School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0027.ocp our Gen.lGeneral AſsemblyAssembly Colony of Connecticut

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1767-10-16 Oct.rOctober 16, 1767
1767-03-23 March 23.d23rd
1767-10-16 Oct.rOctober 16th16th 1767

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