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Hezekiah Calvin, Latin mottoes, 1759 November 19, with a note from Eleazar Wheelock

Manuscript Number759619

Date19 November 1759


AbstractLatin mottoes copied by Hezekiah Calvin, with a note by Eleazar Wheelock about the writer, pointing out his age as 11 years old.

Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samuel Mather, 1761 February 3

Manuscript Number761153

Date3 February 1761



AbstractWheelock writes to clarify that he will be educating Indian youths for the purpose of sending them on missions. He mentions Occom’s plan for a mission to the Oneidas.

Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Smith, 1761 September 15

Manuscript Number761515

Date15 September 1761



AbstractWheelock writes of Occom’s mission to the Oneidas, of the preparations of Samuel Kirtland for mission work, and of the general progress of the charity school. In a postscript, Wheelock states that Occom was educated entirely by him, and not at college.

Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Moses Peck, 1764 October 23

Manuscript Number764573.2

Date23 October 1764



AbstractWhitaker writes about his disappointment in Occom’s return from his mission, and endorses the proposal to send Kirtland on a mission. Whitaker notes that those not involved in missionary efforts are too quick to judge when those efforts fail.

Nathaniel Whitaker, narrative, 1766

Manuscript Number766900.11



AbstractWhitaker gives a brief history of Indian conversion in America and why it has thus far been relatively unsuccessful. Occom’s story is used as an argument for promoting Wheelock’s School and its focus on educating Indians, rather than English, as missionaries. A plan for an expanded school is put forth.

Robert Keen, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 November 14

Manuscript Number768614

Date14 November 1768



AbstractKeen writes that the trust in England has sent its Declaration of Trust, and has agreed to pay Samuel Kirkland a hundred pounds. He also discusses the Charity School accounts and requests that Wheelock send narratives of the conversion of Indians. An account of donors and money donated is included.

Moses Peck, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 August 29

Manuscript Number769479

Date29 August 1769



AbstractPeck writes a conversational letter to inform Wheelock of his progress in locating some books, and to express his happiness with Kirkland's progress among the Oneidas.

John Thornton, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1772 February 28

Manuscript Number772178

Date28 February 1772



AbstractThornton writes a lengthy letter mentioning the conflict with Kirkland, doubt that the Trust in England will confirm Wheelock's charter, and rumors that the college is to come under Episcopal management. He believes that Wheelock is too trusting of Ralph Wheelock, and that Occom has been unfairly treated.

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