David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 May 21



[note (type: abstract): McClure writes that he has spoken to Occom, who is reluctant to write the Trust in England regarding the school, which Occom believes is now teaching more English than Indians. He also mentions that Whitaker is disliked in England.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is formal and clear, although letter case with regard to the letter M is occasionally difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.][note (type: noteworthy): Signature is spelled MacCluer, as opposed to the verified spelling, McClure.]


  [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. and [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured Sir, 
In a Conversation Sir Avery[pers0064.ocp] [& | and]&and I  had with [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] this Vacancy at Mohegan[place0143.ocp] some  things [paſs'd | passed]paſs'dpassed which I esteem my Duty to inform the  Doctor[pers0036.ocp] of, [& | and]&and which I imagine he [wou'd | would]wou'dwould [chuse | choose]chusechoose to under­  stand — After [m.r | Mr.]m.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] had made some [Enquiry | inquiry]Enquiryinquiry  concerning the State of School[org0098.ocp], of which he [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed to  be pretty ignorant — he [inform'd | informed]inform'dinformed us that he had been  desirous [& | and]&and still was to write home to his Friends in  England[place0068.ocp] [& | and]&and particularly to some of the Gentlemen of  the Trust[org0103.ocp] — and that the only Reason of his not writing  was because if he wrote he must not be silent concern­  ing the State of the School[org0098.ocp] as Friends there would  expect that from him if he wrote, and as the School[org0098.ocp]  is at present constituted he imagined an [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of it  would ^[above] not^not be agreeable to Gentlemen at home nor [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer  their Expectations — He [complain'd | complained]complain'dcomplained, but in a friendly  manner, that the Indian was converted into an  [illegible]English School [& | and]&and that the [illegible]English had [crouded | crowded]croudedcrowded out  the Indian Youths — he instanced in one Symons[pers0681.ocp] 
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]   
a likely Indian who came to [git | get]gitget admittance but [coud | could]coudcould not be  admitted because the School[org0098.ocp] was full — He supposed that  Gentlemen in England[place0068.ocp] [tho't | thought]tho'tthought the School[org0098.ocp] at present was  made up [cheifly | chiefly]cheiflychiefly of Indian Youth [& | and]&and that should he write [& | and]&and  inform them to the contrary as he must if he wrote, it [wou'd | would]wou'dwould  give them ^[above] a^a disgust [& | and]&and [Jealosy | jealousy]Jealosyjealousy that the Charities were not ap­  plied in a way agreeable to the Intentions of the Donors  [& | and]&and Benefactors, which was to educate Indians [cheifly | chiefly]cheiflychiefly  I told him the Doctor[pers0036.ocp], I was pretty certain, was ready to admit  any likely, promising Indians, [& | and]&and to fit them for School­  masters, Farmers or Mechanics — that the Indians he had  already educated in general made so poor improvement of  their Learning, that the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] I [imagin'd | imagined]imagin'dimagined was in a  measure discouraged in fitting them for any higher [Charecters | characters]Charecterscharacters  than those mentioned — And that such being the Case  with the Indian Youth, [illegible] it would be more agreeable  to the Benefactors to the School[org0098.ocp] to have their Charity im­  proved in a way more advantageous to the Indian Cause  [viz.t | viz.]viz.tviz. by educating English Youth for that purpose — He further  mentioned some things respecting Doctor [W–r | Whitaker]W–rWhitaker[pers0037.ocp], which I  imagine the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] would [chuse | choose]chusechoose to know — particularly  his talking much about State [& | and]&and national Affairs which  had [turn'd | turned]turn'dturned many Gentlemen who were his Friends to  become his Enemies — that he had often [talk'd | talked]talk'dtalked with the  Doctor[pers0037.ocp] on the Head [& | and]&and advised him to let National  Affairs alone — but it was to no purpose —   
that when the Doctor[pers0037.ocp] left England he had not [ſix | six]ſixsix Friends  in London[place0128.ocp] — the Gentlemen of the Trust[org0103.ocp] asked [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  Occom[pers0030.ocp] at Table [publickly | publicly]publicklypublicly what made them send  over Doctor Whitaker[pers0037.ocp] — whether Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] [& | and]&and the  Board on this side the Water[org0034.ocp] were all such men as  the Doctor[pers0037.ocp][& | and]&and that if they knew them to be such men  they would either return the money collected to  its [illegible]Donors or put it into the Court of Chancery[org0109.ocp]  The Gentlemen of the Trust[org0103.ocp] engaged [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] to  write particularly of the School[org0098.ocp] [& | and]&and the Disposal of the  monies collected in England[place0068.ocp][& | and]&and that he tried to excuse  himself from writing, [& | and]&and I think he [say'd | said]say'dsaid they [wou'd | would]wou'dwould  not accept an Excuse, which seems to insinuate  a [Jealosy | jealousy]Jealosyjealousy imbibed from Doctor [W–r | Whitaker]W–rWhitaker[pers0037.ocp]'s Conduct or  something else — [& | and]&and the only Reason he gave us of  his not writing was the [Neceſsity | necessity]Neceſsitynecessity he was under if he  wrote to inform them particularly of the School[org0098.ocp],  which they insisted upon — Such [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Sir, was the  Representation he made to us, which he informed  us he had not made known fully to the Doctor[pers0036.ocp]  but [design'd | designed]design'ddesigned to the first Interview —   Permit me, [ſir | sir]ſirsir, to [expreſs | express]expreſsexpress my warmest [& | and]&and most dutiful  Wishes for your Health, [& | and]&and Prosperity in Your great and  benevolent Design, [& | and]&and to manifest how much, I am  [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured Sir,   
Your very dutiful [& | and]&and much obliged   humble Servant —   David [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp]   
From David [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp]  May 27— 1770—[1770-05-27]   
To— The Reverend—  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] D.D.  In  New England[place0158.ocp]  [⅌ | per]per favor}  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Woodward[pers0610.ocp]}
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0064.ocp Sir Avery mentioned Avery, David
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0036.ocp Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0030.ocp m. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0681.ocp Symons mentioned Symons
pers0036.ocp Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0037.ocp Doctor W–r Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0030.ocp Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0037.ocp Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0037.ocp W–r Whitaker mentioned Whitaker, Nathaniel
pers0368.ocp David Maccluer McClure writer McClure, David
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0610.ocp M. r Mr. Woodward mentioned Woodward, Bezaleel

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id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0068.ocp England England
place0128.ocp London London
place0158.ocp New England New England

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id Text in document Authorized Name
org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0103.ocp the Trust Trust in England
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0103.ocp Gentlemen of the Trust Trust in England
org0034.ocp Board on this side the Water Connecticut Board of Correspondents of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0109.ocp Court of Chancery Court of Chancery

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1770-05-21 may 21.st21st 1770
1770-05-27 May 27— 1770—

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