Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Thornton, 1771 September 9

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[note (type: abstract): Wheelock thanks Thornton for his assistance, describes the buildings and details expenses for the Charity School. He adds his hopes that Occom has reformed and can be of service again.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is not Wheelock's; it is clear and legible. The trailer appears to be in Wheelock's hand.][note (type: paper): Two small sheets are in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Black.][note (type: noteworthy): This document is likely Wheelock's own copy.][note (type: signature): The signature is not Wheelock’s.]
[Opener]
My very dear [& | and]&and [hon.d | honoured]hon.dhonoured Sir. 
I thank you for your most endearing  Letter of April [26th | 26th]26th26th[1771-04-26] which I have now before me, [& | and]&and it is like  cold water to a thirsty Soul. I wrote you a hasty line and  [undigestd | undigested]undigestdundigested Line, by the hand of my Clerk on my receiving  it, while the Bearer was waiting impatiently for it  and now the case is nearly the same, the Bearer  being just setting out on his Journey, [& | and]&and gives me  no time but to throw out a few hints.  I [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless God who has honored you with Ability, [& | and]&and  has so largely opened your Heart to serve the cause  of the Redeemer with his Goods which he has committed  to your stewardship — I find my confidence in you  in that regard has sensibly alleviated my Burden.
The Buildings which I am finishing are  no more than are absolutely [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary for the School[org0098.ocp],  [& | and]&and it cant subsist here without them, if I am [suc= ­ceſsful | suc­ cessful]suc= ­ceſsfulsuc­ cessful in my Attempt to get the Number of Indian  Youth which I hope for as soon as the house is finished  they with the [Independant | independent]Independantindependent Scholars, I expect will  fill the whole [& | and]&and as many Rooms of the private  houses which are going forwards near to it as can  be made ready for them
The College or large Building has not been  as yet entered upon, but will likely be [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary  if God continues his Smiles a few Years, when I hope  [& | and]&and believe a door will be opened to effect it. the [Inde= =pendant | inde­ pendent]Inde= =pendantinde­ pendent Scholars provide for themselves, [& | and]&and are no  [expence | expense]expenceexpense to the fund, nor any Impediment any way to  the first Object i.e. the Charity Scholars English [& | and]&and Indian  [& | and]&and it cant be without [expence | expense]expenceexpense but the contrary.   provision  ^[left] [Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq. Thornton[pers0541.ocp].^[Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq. Thornton[pers0541.ocp]. 
provisions must be made for the Charity Scholars English  [& | and]&and Indians, [& | and]&and it cant be without [expence | expense]expenceexpense. I am [& | and]&and have  been dseeking all [aſsistances | assistances]aſsistancesassistances I can in this matter, but to do  it without [expence | expense]expenceexpense to the fund is not [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible, nor what  I ever expected, and you may depend upon it I shall spend  no more than is absolutely [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary for the School[org0098.ocp].  The Saw mill is finished which will much [leſsen | lessen]leſsenlessen the  [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense of what is yet to do, [& | and]&and will likely afford a pretty  income to [ye | the]yethe School[org0098.ocp] besides.
[M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] is now 200 Miles from me. I wrote [laſt | last]laſtlast  Winter [& | and]&and again last Spring, [& | and]&and have now desired [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Avery[pers0064.ocp]  to make the most prudent Inquiry he could of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp]s  moral Character, that I may be advised whither it be such  as that it can consist with the honor of Christ [& | and]&and the  reputation of the sacred Character to employ him as  a m[Miſsionary | missionary]Miſsionarymissionary, [& | and]&and if so I have wrote [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] that I now  do [& | and]&and ^[above] as I^as I always have, stand ready to do all I can to promote  his comfort [& | and]&and [Usefulneſs | usefulness]Usefulneſsusefulness therein.
He complained in a letter to me of my writing  to you only of his fall, but nothing in his favor. I hope  to be able soon to give you a comfortable [Acco.t | account]Acco.taccount of him.  The wound he has given the dear Cause is yet bleeding  very great [& | and]&and is yet bleeding.
I believe there is no[illegible][guess (maggiec): w]w talk or Jealousy ^[above] in this Country^in this Country that I have  changed my Religion [tho' | though]tho'though I believe many would  rejoice if I should. —
We are [paſsing | passing]paſsingpassing [thro' | through]thro'through a rough [& | and]&and thorny way,   our 
our days work will be done by [& | and]&and by, [& | and]&and I trust we shall  rest together where the wicked will cease from  troubling [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. I am with warmest Affection 
[Closer]
Your much obliged and  very humble Servant  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]
[Trailer]
To [Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq. Thornton[pers0541.ocp]  [Sept.r | September]Sept.rSeptember [9.th | 9th]9.th9th 1771[1771-09-09].   
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0541.ocp Esq. r Esq. Thornton recipient Thornton, John
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0064.ocp M. r Mr. Avery mentioned Avery, David
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0541.ocp Thornton recipient Thornton, John

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place0095.ocp Hanover Hanover
place0160.ocp New Hampshire New Hampshire

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org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0098.ocp yethe School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1771-09-09 Sep.tSeptember 9th9th 1771
1771-04-26 April 26th26th
1771-09-09 Sept.rSeptember 9.th9th 1771

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modernization 9.th 9th

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