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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.

David Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 January 21

Manuscript Number766121.2

Date21 January 1766



AbstractDavid Fowler writes of the progress of his Indian school, the present religious state of the Indians and their want of a minister, news of Kirtland, and personal matters.

David Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 February 17

Manuscript Number766167.1

Date17 February 1766



AbstractFowler writes from his mission to acknowledge Wheelock's admonition. He also mentions the progress of his school, and that he needs new clothes.

Hezekiah Calvin, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 February 19

Manuscript Number766169

Date19 February 1766



AbstractCalvin writes that, while he wishes to do good among the Indians, he does not want to go on a mission before visiting home.

Eleazar Wheelock, announcement, 1766 February 20

Manuscript Number766170.1

Date20 February 1766


AbstractWheelock writes an announcement for publication stating that both the reports of Good Peter's providential arrival at Wheelock's home, and the narrative of Occom's life, are true.

John Marshall, receipt, 1766 February 25

Manuscript Number766175.2

Date25 February 1766


AbstractReceipt from the captain of the ship "Boston Packett," on which Whitaker and Occom sailed from Boston to England, with a deduction of five pounds as a gift from John Hancock, one of the owners of the ship.

George Whitefield, letter, to Peter Vanbrugh Livingston, 1766 February 27

Manuscript Number766177

Date27 February 1766



AbstractWhitefield writes that Lord Dartmouth proves himself to be America’s friend, that Occom preaches to acceptance and is meeting nobles, and that the king has become a benefactor of Wheelock’s plan.

Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to William Allen, 1766 March 4

Manuscript Number766204

Date4 March 1766



AbstractWheelock offers belated thanks for Allen's liberality to the Indian Charity School.

Samuel Kirkland, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 March 6

Manuscript Number766206

Date6 March 1766



AbstractKirkland writes a lengthy letter describing his work among the Senecas, and touching upon, among other things, his concerns regarding Chamberlain and his mission.

Nathaniel Whitaker, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 March 7

Manuscript Number766207.1

Date7 March 1766



AbstractWhitaker, in London, writes that he has received letters from Wheelock, and that Wheelock should take care with regard to where he sends letters and what he writes, so that the Society in Scotland does not appropriate the money Whitaker, along with Occom, hopes to raise. Occom is shortly to be inoculated for small pox.

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