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Eleazer Wheelock to Samuel Kirkland

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Eleazer Wheelock to Samuel Kirkland 1768 Lebanon, 21 November 1768. My dear
Sir. I would send you the money by William if you had assured me it would
be safe, but you may expect it by the first safe conveyance, as my steady
disposition always has been, and I believe ever will be, so long as you are
faithful to the Lord's cause, to supply all your necessities within my
power and every way encourage and help you in your work, and establish the
best character of you far and wide. William brought with him a letter from
Jacob's sisters, desiring Jacob to return home with William and Hannah -
representing their necessity of his coming to take care of them. But as he
was sent down to continue till he should be fit to put into Business, and I
had retaken him on no other consideration - and they had said nothing to
Mr. Avery of his coming, or any necessity of it - and he is desired to come
only by his sister, I know not who - and my letting him go on such Grounds
and Reasons will be a bad Precedent - and give just cause of Displeasure to
all the thinking and judicious part of the Indians, I have finally told him
that if you shall write to me advising to his return, or that the Wise men
think it best I will send him immediately. Hanna goes off with Honour. She
has behaved well and made good proficiency since she came. I believe you
will be able to discern that her manners are somewhat polished. Mr.
Cleveland was highly pleased with the behaviour of your Indians at the
Congress. William tells me that Thomas and his Family design to come as
soon as it is good sleighing. I shall be glad to have him come, and if I
could be certain of it I would prepare a Room for him beforehand. Joseph
Johnson on hearing that I had heard of his ill behaviour in his late Tour
and Being conscious of his desert of punishment went off on Friday morning.
I have some intimations he designs for sea with Aaron Occam , both of whom
I expect will be poor drunken creatures. Oh! my dear sir, how shocking is
it that one after another turns out so. It looks indeed as though the whole
of them excepting a small remnant were nigh unto cursing. Tell Thomas I
long to have him a preacher and to lift up his voice like a trumpet to show
them their misery and danger.

You sent no word respecting my sending a schoolmaster. Only that too late
you see your error in not taking Mr. Dodge with you. Will not Johannes do
to keep school this winter? I hope John Matthews will do in the Spring. I
think Avery has improved much by his tour. Mr. Rodgers of New York left the
following memoranda to be communicated to you. "That the Reverend Mr. Beane
, one of the Members of the Presbytery of Relief and Minister in Edinburgh,
has sent a bill of exchange to the Reverend Mr. Rodgers (i.e. of New York)
of sixty pounds Sterling, a part of which Mr. Rodgers is desired to pay
into the Hands of Reverend Mr. Kirkland as an acknowledgement to him for
his extraordinary services as a missionary among the Indians. Mr. Rodgers
does not recollect the sum precisely mentioned in Mr. Beane's letter to be
appropriated to Mr. Kirkland's account, but thinks it is thirty pounds
Sterling. but he will strictly follow Mr. Beane's orders, and desires Mr.
Kirkland will give him order to whom he shall pay the money and the money
shall be paid accordingly when it comes to hand, as Mr. Rodgers expects
shortly to receive the money. Mr. Rodgers will expect receipt from the
person to whom he will pay the money for the satisfaction of Mr. Beane ."
Perhaps you will have opportunity from your country direct to New York. My
dear Sir, farewell. Yours affectionately, Eleazer Wheelock . P.S. John
Moseley who was apprentice to Doctor Tracy died of an apoplexy yesterday at
Norwich. A heavy stroke indeed upon Brother Moseley . The Lord sanctify the
same to us all.

To the Reverend. Mr. Samuel Kirkland Missionary to the Six Nations
Kanawarohara

Reverend Doctor Wheelock
November 21, 1768