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the Royal favor was thought necessary. However, we are thankful for direction, and shall endeavor to pursue it as fast as we
And doubt not, if there shall be prospect of success, we may obtain further favors as we shall need them. The whole waits for such an establishment.
We have thought best, as things are now tempered and situate, to do nothing more as to a fund, till we see the success of our suit. And we fear loss by delay, especially a thousand acres of land, proposed to be given (and has waited only to have us made capable of receiving it) by an aged gentleman, who is now in a declining state, and it is feared will not live long. I sent to him some time ago, desiring he would make a deed of it to some friends, that the school may not fail of it through his decease; but whether his hopes of our success are such, as that such conveyance will be agreeable to him is uncertain. The public aspect is indeed gloomy, and threatening upon us.
It would make your heart ache, to hear such accounts as I have had from several, who were in the late fight at Lake George, when Fort William Henry was given into the hands of the French, August 9th, of the inhuman butcheries and cruelties committed by the Savages, on most of our people, in violation of the most solemn capitulation; the bodies of them stripped naked—the throats of many cut-women with child ripped up—the fætus taken from the bowels, and thrown from one to another, with loud shoutings, yellings, &c. But after all we have suffered, and all that is threatened, it is evident that people in general, and even the children of God, are not yet waked up. We have indeed many fasts and seasons of prayer;
but God knows whether the essence be not much wanting—or whether they be to him, even to him, and yet blessed be his name, I must believe there are some wrestling with God. We had last winter a happy revival of God's work in several parts of this land. There was a sweet season in this school, when the master (Mr. Rans) and several of the students were hopefully converted, and considerable appearance of it in my congregation (I think in a judgment of charity, about ten were converted.) It was also surprisingly great in New Jersey College, as I was assured by a letter from the President and others, and also by a number of the students, one of whom (C-B'n, A. B. who I trust was a happy sob. ject of the blessing) now lives with me, and is the instructor of this school. But a dark cloud is now drawn over that dear seminary, and indeed over the whole land, by the death of that excellent man, Mr. President Burr, about a fortnight ago. I might likewise mention some appearance of religious concern, about the same time at Yale College, in New Haven, and also in the town, as well as in several other places.
My dear young Johnny Pumpshire (a specimen of whose writing I sent to England) is dead, I hope gone to rest; his mate is now fit for College, and is, I think, as amiable a child as ever I knew. He is now 13 years and 10 months old. I have two more from Delaware, who are likely boys. Dear Mr. Pis now chaplair in the army, at Fort Edward, who will procure two likely boys from the Mohawks if he can. Please to accept most hearty salutations from, and remember in your devoutest hours him, who is with most sincere respect, Yours, in our common Lord,
ELEAZAR WHEELOCK. Mr. Dennis De Berdt.
To the Rev. George Whitefield.
Lebanon, November 8, 1757. Rev. and Dear Sir,
Yours of February 9th came to hiand June 9th. Another of November 5th, 1756 (with one from Mr. D -Bcame October 1st, and I rejoice your hands are full of work; and by some copies per favor of Mr. Wy, do understand your labors are not in vain in the Lord. Thousands in New England, wish to have the way prepared for you to make us another visit. I believe every journey you have taken through New England, has been eminently serviceable; some more evidently for one purpose and some for another. Your first,
for awakening and rousing the stupid and secure. After that, to discredit and beat down a false religion. Your last to remove prejudices from the minds of many against you, and the work of God, and so happily prepare your way for another visit. It is at present a time of great stupidity and insensibility in general, notwithstanding the strong means God has been using to the contrary.
We had last winter a blessed season here in my family, school, and neighborhood. And there was also a most surprising, powerful, genuine, effectual work of God, at New Jersey College. That College is, no doubt, a blessed nest of young christians. A most hopeful and joyful omen of great gospel good to Zion nigh at hand. But my dear sir, you will condole the death of that dear man, Mr. President Burr. My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof !Mr. Edwards, of Stockbridge, is chosen, and I hear is gone to supply his place.
I have been diligently pursuing the advice of Lord Hin the affair of our school. President Cla
has made a bold stand of late against arminians; they do pay him offhe begins to think that new-light ministers (as they are called) are his best friends. 'Tis something likely he will be willing to hear
in the C. H. when you come. He is quite zealous on the right side.
Mr. Occụm, the Long Island Indian, is in a poor state of health, almost worn out with labor. The Hon. Commissioners of Boston, wrote to Mr. Pomeroy and myself, to call in proper persons to join us, and examine and judge of the expediency of ordaining him to the pastoral office, and to do it if we thought proper; but his sickness has delayed the affair.
We rejoice to hear of a revival of religion in the established church. I believe a number here remember you continually in their prayers. I ask the like favor of
Rev. and dear sir,
ELEAZAR WHEELOCK. Rev. George Whitefield.
To Mr. Dennis De Berdt, at London.
Your most agreeable favor of May 6th, came to hand three days ago, which I read with much satisfaction, and now thank you for the renewed testimony of your respect and readiness further to serve the important design of our school.
I have found (especially at times) much peace and quiet in putting the affairs of the school wholly over into the hands of the great governor of all things, and in waiting upon him for the issue The prospect hath looked to me exceeding fair, and the probability of success, beyond any thing that has yet been attempted, and especially of late, since the success of his Majesty's arms at Cape Breton, Frontinac, and on the Ohio, (if the late report of their taking Fort Duquesne be a truth ;) but God's judgments are a great deep, and his way is in the sea. We often think this or that way best ; but God's thoughts are not as ours; Providence steers quite another, and better course, But if this affair be of God (as I can't yet but think it is, and that He designs to own and prosper it) I don't think it strange, if we meet many and great difficulties in our way. There seems plain necessity of them, to hide pride from man, and keep up our trust and dependance upon him, who worketh all in all. The political, as well as religious reasons in favor of it, are so many and great, as, if duly weighed, it seems to me, must prevail. I think it my duty to leave nothing within my power undone, which may be done in favor of it.
Mr. P-y, in a late letter from Fort Edward, writes me, that the talk is revived of their making another push this fall, against Carrilons and Crown Point, that they learn by deserters from the French, that they are in great fears of an attack are fortifying where our people landed in their late attempt, that the French have plenty of provisions at their forts; but a famine is much feared in Canada. General Amherst is on his way to the lake, with a reinforcement of 6000 men. derstand that our men have grown sickly, and much dispirited, through long incampment and a conduct of affairs, so very con
trary to such high spirits, and such engagedness to push forward, the design which they sat out with.
The name of the Right Honorable William Pitt, is
dear to New England.
I took the freedom to read your former letter to my congregation, and if I shall think this, or any other I may receive from you, may be for their edification ; I trust you will account that a sufficient excuse.
This good opportunity by Mr. Peters, who is going home for sacred orders, is unexpected, and gives me but short time to write. May God make him a blessing.-I am, dear sir, with the most sincere affection and respect,
Yours, in the dearest bonds,
Mr. Dennis De Berdt.
From the Rev. William Tennant.
Rev. and very Dear Brother,
I thank you for your two brotherly and loving letters ; they were refreshing to me, as containing not only most undeserved expressions of love to my person ; but undoubted evidences of unwearied pains to promote the kingdom of our Lord, Christ. Go on in the name of the Lord; my soul
says, God speed
Your last I received 28th ult. : I laid it before the corresá pondents; they approve of your change for J-b, not in the least suspecting, either your prudence, or probity. You are desired, to take care of him at our expence, until next May; when (if God will) he is expected at the College. It is