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who has the hearts of all in his hands : so; I trust, I need no other arguments to move your Ladyship’s compassion towards those miserable creatures, or to obtain the benefit of your smiles upon this great undertaking, than their truly affecting condition may of itself at once suggest to you; even though you should be so disinterested in the exercise of your charity towards them, as not so much as once to turn your thoughts upon the blessings of those perishing souls, which will come upon you, or upon that effectual blessing of God, which will be upon such, and which only can make you truly blessed. The perfecting of which, God grant you may fully know when Christ shall exhibit to public view, his account of your works of charity for his name's sake, and say to such, come ye blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you; for I was an hungred and ye gave me meat, thirsty and ye gave me drink, &c.
The Rev. Mr. Whitefield (by whose motion and encouragement I have assumed this boldness) has lately travelled through New England, and preached as his broken state of health would allow, to as good acceptance as ever he did. He is now at Boston, and designs to return back to the southern governments, and from thence to England.
My heart is much encouraged and my hands strengthened in this affair, by the zeal which he (who seems always ready to every good work) shews in promoting it. I rely upon the nature and importance of the cause to plead for me, and obtain your pardon for the boldness and freedom herein used by him, who is with most sincere duty and esteem,
From the Reo. John, Erskine,
March 15th 1764. Dear Sir,
I have before me your letter of the 21st of September. That which you mention as sent me by Mr. B copy
of your narrative, has never come to hand. By Mr. De Berdt's order I paid Mr. D-s donation for the Indian School to Mr. T- I heartily agree with you, that the present cloud over endeavours to christianize the Indians, should not moderately discourage. I think the most discouraging circumstance of all, is, that when God has so wonderfully enlarged the British Territory, Britain should do so little to enlarge the empire of Zion's king.
I hope you have long ago received the present of books from the Edinburgh society, for promoting religious knowledge, with the few that were added by Mr, D- and myself. I enclose you our society's commission for a board of correspondents in Connecticut.
I am glad Mr. Whitefield intends visiting you. He has been your sincere and zealous friend, or rather the friend of the charitable cause in which you are engaged. But his testimony, after actually witnessing the state of your school, will have much additional force.
Wishing that the God of all grace may continue to prosper your labours, I am, Dear Sir, Your affectionate brother and servant,
From the Hon. General Lyman.
Licesterfield, London, April 2, 1764. Dear Sir,
I delivered your letter to Mr. Dennis De Berdt, who has shewn me great respect ever since I have been here. He has
moved nothing publicly about your School, the ministry being much crowded with business; but expect he will before long. And you may depend upon my giving all the assistance in my power to so good an intention.
Sir Jeffrey Ancherst is clear it will be much to his majesty's interest to fix a strong settlement between the Allegany mountains and the Missippi, and will give me all the assistance in his power, as he tells me. 'Of the same opinion is the Earl of A and Mr. J- and many more.
I hope I shall gain it, and shall tack your school to it; and God grant we may both be happy together. My proper compliments to your family and friends.
I am with great respect,
Rev. Eleazar Wheelock.
To the Rev. Mr. Whitefield.
Lebanon, April 18th, 1764. My dear Mr. Whitefield,
When we parted at Norwich, I found I had not half unbosomed myself to you; the discouraging apprehensions I found you to entertain respecting the Indians, made deep impressions on my mind. However that is removed.
I am not at all disquieted, my dear brother, my hope is in God alone. I believe it to be his own cause, and that he will not forsake it. I begin a little sometimes to believe his providence, and have just begun my A B C, and begin to spell a little in the great volumes of his goodness, which are ever open before me.
I know the kindness of your heart, and your zeal to promote every good design, and I need say no more on this head. I
will only hint, as I understand you are designed for Rhode Isl. and, that neither the town of Providence (where God once greatly blessed my poor labours) nor any part of that Government, has ever yer been desired to put a helping hand in this affair.
I find it difficult to put out the boys, who are designed for blacksmiths, to places suitable for them; and the greatest difficulty is, that their fellow apprentices, viz. English boys, will despise them, and treat them as slaves; which I apprehend will be of hurtful and ruinous consequences to them. I have been thinking lately, whether I had not better hire a blacksmith, and set him up near me, and let him have a number to instruct, where I may have the government, direction, and conduct of them. It may be done without any cost to the school; if it should be thought better, it may be at the schools' cost, and the school have all the profit of their labour.
I am of opinion, it will be best to introduce David Fowler, Jacob Wolley, and perhaps Hezekiah Calvin, into schools among the Indians, as soon as may be; perhaps among the Oneidas, Onandagas, or at Anchaguagee and Genings, I believe they will do very well in that business, and especially if Mr. Charles Jeffrey Smith or some other prudent missionary should visit them a few times in a summer. I am much pleased with their manly, discreet, prudent, christian conduct of late.
You doubtless have had or will soon have, a more particular account than I am able to give you, of the surprising progress of the work of God, at East Hampton, since you were there. Mr. B_ writes, that it exceeds what he ever saw, read or heard of since the Apostles days. Scores converted in a few
I have said nothing of A-, supposing you have received my former. It appears probable that it is the will of God he
should go on his proposed mission this spring. Dear Sir, pray,
Yours' in the dearest bonds,
P. S. Give most sincere respects to Mr. W. I wish health, &c.
From the Hon. Sir William Johnson.
Johnson Hall, April 25th, 1764.
I have received your favour of the 17th inst. by the hands of Mr. D, and do assure you that I did not get a letter from you for several months before, though I am informed you wrote to me several times. J- is just returned from an expedition against the enemy, who have abandoned their towns, of which three were burned, with four villages, consisting in all of about two hundred houses, built with squared logs, and vast quantities of corn, &c. Parties are now in pursuit of the enemy.
I shall be very glad, whenever these troubles are over, to promote your pious and useful undertaking, by procuring you more scholars; but at present it is not in my power, as all those fit to travel, will accompany the rest upon service, nor could it be agreeable to the nations to divert them from it.
I am with esteem, Sir,
Your most humble servant,
Rev. Mr. Wheelock.