David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 June 30


[note (type: abstract): McClure writes that he has asked Occom to join the mission, but that Occom states he is in ill health, has too many debts, and that he has been neglected since his return from Great Britain. McClure urges Wheelock to be generous with Occom.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is small, but 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 creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.]
  [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. and [Honor'd | Honored]Honor'dHonored Sir/ 
[Thro' | Through]Thro'Through divine [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Frisbie[pers0209.ocp]  and I had a comfortable journey to this place, where  we arrived last Evening [& | and]&and found [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] [& | and]&and [famely | family]famelyfamily  in usual health; we immediately laid open the  [busineſs | business]busineſsbusiness on which we came — It was all new to  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] — neither of your Letters, Sir, have  reached him, they have [some where | somewhere]some wheresomewhere unfortunately  [stopt | stopped]stoptstopped. The Doctor's Letters to him by us [con= tain'd | con tained]con= tain'dcon tained the first intimation he has had re= specting this [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission. After conversing on the  [Opnings | openings]Opningsopenings [& | and]&and [encouragments | encouragements]encouragmentsencouragements of our intended [Miſ= sion | mis sion]Miſ= sionmis sion to the Southward, he manifested a desire  [& | and]&and [willingneſs | willingness]willingneſswillingness to join us, but urged his bodily  infirmities [& | and]&and involvements ^[above] *^* against undertaking  it immediately — And indeed he has had so  short notice of it that it would be difficult if not im= practicable for him to set out with us.
I have all along thought [till | 'til]till'til now that he  ^[left] * he owes he says ₤50 or^* he owes he says ₤50 or  ^[left] ₤60 —^₤60 — 
had a pension of ₤30 [Sterl.g | sterling]Sterl.gsterling [⅌r An: | per annum]r An:per annum from [Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq. Thornton[pers0541.ocp]  But he says he has had no pension or allowance from  him, or any other quarter since he came from England[place0068.ocp],  except two private donations from thence ^[above] [amount.g | amounting]amount.gamounting to ₤60 —^[amount.g | amounting]amount.gamounting to ₤60 —. That before he  went to England[place0068.ocp] he was under the pay of the Boston board[org0095.ocp]  [& | and]&and since his return has been rejected by them [& | and]&and by  the School[org0098.ocp] [two | too]twotoo. And considering what Indian Genius [& | and]&and  temper are, has there not, Sir, been too much occasion for  him to complain of neglect? he has had to encounter  many [& | and]&and great difficulties since his return [& | and]&and would it  not, Sir, been good policy if no more [& | and]&and will ^[above] it^it not now be  good policy, to make him some small allowance [& | and]&and let  him enjoy in some measure the benefit of the monies he  was instrumental in obtaining for the use [& | and]&and benefit of  the design? So that he might be cut off from any [oc= sion | occa sion]oc= sionocca sion to repeat what [illegible]he says [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Whitefield[pers0038.ocp] told him  when he left England[place0068.ocp]; "that they had made ^[above] him^him a tool to  collect monies for them in England[place0068.ocp], but when he got to  America[place0003.ocp] they would set him adrift." His Character, as  far as I can learn in these parts is now good, [& | and]&and the Crimes  of intemperance with which he has been charged, are  very much extenuated by the temptations he was under.  He appears calm [& | and]&and rational, more so than I expected to have  found him, respecting the Indian design. I am more [& | and]&and  more [perswaded | persuaded]perswadedpersuaded of the expediency [& | and]&and advantage of his un= dertaking a [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission [& | and]&and ardently hope that God in his 
providence will so order [& | and]&and direct that he may  join us in the [miſsion | mission]miſsionmission before us. It would very  much ^[above] strengthen^strengthen our hands [& | and]&and encourage us.
In the freedom of Conversation with him  he said, many fair promises had been made him  but he found they would never fill his belly or  cover his back, [& | and]&and that as soon as he could see  a prospect [& | and]&and know for certain that [illegible]he could be  in a way to discharge his Debts [& | and]&and support his  family he would under his infirmity, go.  In the Doctor's behalf, [illegible]made an offer of ₤100  [Sterl.g | sterling]Sterl.gsterling Annually [& | and]&and to giave an order on [Cap.t | Capt.]Cap.tCapt. Backus[pers0070.ocp]  for ₤50 [LM.y | lawful money]LM.ylawful money of it to be [p.d | paid]p.dpaid now [& | and]&and the remainder  at the close of the Year, if he would undertake  he [seem'd | seemed]seem'dseemed to think it would not be sufficient to bear  his [expences | expenses]expencesexpenses [& | and]&and maintain his numerous [famely | family]famelyfamily. I told  him should he undertake, I would engage the Doctor's  influence with [Esq.r | Esq.]Esq.rEsq. Thornton[pers0541.ocp] [& | and]&and had not the least  doubt but his debts would by that Gentleman be  generously discharged. He intimates a design of  visiting the Doctor, which hope he will. I have  wrote [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. Sir, with freedom [& | and]&and [illegible]which I have no  apprehension of your blaming me for. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Frisbie[pers0209.ocp]  has had several poor turns since we set out  he joins in [illegible]Duty [& | and]&and Affection to the Doctor  [& | and]&and [famely | family]famelyfamily, with [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and [Honor'd | Honored]Honor'dHonored Patron   
Your dutiful [& | and]&and obliged   humble Servant   David [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp] 
^[bottom] [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]^[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
[left] P.S. I wrote the [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. [⅌ | per]per.[illegible] [M.rs | Mrs.]M.rsMrs. Payne[pers0701.ocp] about 6 Days past —  As [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] intends to write the [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. in the [proposd | proposed]proposdproposed [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission we must refer to  his Letter to know his mind more fully respecting it —  — have [inclos'd | enclosed]inclos'denclosed a number of the latest papers from different parts.
P.S. I wrote the [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. [⅌ | per]per.[illegible] [M.rs | Mrs.]M.rsMrs. Payne[pers0701.ocp] about 6 Days past —  As [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Occom[pers0030.ocp] intends to write the [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. in the [proposd | proposed]proposdproposed [Miſsion | mission]Miſsionmission we must refer to  his Letter to know his mind more fully respecting it —  — have [inclos'd | enclosed]inclos'denclosed a number of the latest papers from different parts.
from [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Maccluer | McClure]MaccluerMcClure[pers0368.ocp]   June 30. 1772[1772-06-30] 
To  The [Rev:d | Rev.]Rev:dRev. Eleazar Wheelock D.D.[pers0036.ocp]   President   of Dartmouth College[org0037.ocp]   New=Hampshire[place0160.ocp]
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pers0209.ocp M. r Mr. Frisbie mentioned Frisbie, Levi
pers0030.ocp M. r Mr. Occom mentioned Occom, Samson
pers0541.ocp Esq. r Esq. Thornton mentioned Thornton, John
pers0038.ocp M. r Mr. Whitefield mentioned Whitefield, George
pers0070.ocp Cap. t Capt. Backus mentioned Backus, Nathaniel
pers0368.ocp David Maccluer McClure writer McClure, David
pers0036.ocp Rev. d Rev. D. r Dr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0701.ocp M. rs Mrs. Payne mentioned Payne
pers0368.ocp Rev. d Rev. M. r Mr. Maccluer McClure writer McClure, David
pers0036.ocp Rev: d Rev. Eleazar Wheelock D.D. recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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org0095.ocp Boston board The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America
org0098.ocp the School Moor’s Indian Charity School
org0037.ocp Dartmouth College Dartmouth College

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