A PLAIN AND FAITHFUL NARRATIVE OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN, RISE, PROGRESS AND PRESENT STATE OF THE INDIAN CHARITY-SCHOOL AT LEBANON, IN CONNECTICUT. BY... PASTOR OF A CHURCH IN LEBANON.

Boston: Printed by Richard and Samuel Draper, 1763. viii, 9-55, [1 blank] pp, as issued. Stitched and untrimmed. Institutional rubberstamp and withdrawal on title page, rubberstamp on blank page [56]. One closed tear from outer margin. Extends into about 3/4" of text, but without loss. Else Very Good.

This is the first edition of the first report on the predecessor to Dartmouth College. It covers the years 1754 [its founding] to 1762. ESTC notes two states of gathering A: in ours, the first words on page viii are 'ledge in every place.' "Wheelock, a graduate from Yale in 1733, was pastor of the Second (North) Society in Lebanon, and a popular preacher during the Great Awakening. He began the Charity School (first called More's Charity School, after Col. Joshua More, who contributed a house and school-house) in 1754, and by 1765 had some forty-six pupils, all supported by charity. In 1769 Wheelock was given a charter to establish Dartmouth College, which he did in 1770, and became its first president" [Streeter Sale]. Wheelock's plan for the School, formed to instruct Indians and train them "as missionaries and teachers to their respective tribes" [DAB], evidently was inspired by his having taught Samson Occom in the 1740's.
Evans 9537. III JCB 1381. Streeter Sale 4062. Howes W334aa. Item #35469

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