London: J. and W. Oliver, 1767. 63, [1 blank] pp. Bound in modern half brown morocco and marbled boards [gilt-lettered spine title partly obscured by a gum label at base of spine]. Light numerical rubberstamp at blank upper margin of page 3. Very Good. With New Hampshire Historical Society bookplate, noting "Presented by Thomas W. Streeter." Also the elaborate bookplate of C.L.F. Robinson of Newport, the President of Colt Fire Arms, on the front pastedown. The number '4419' with perforated border pasted to the upper corner of the front pastedown.
"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 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 4062]. Wheelock's plan for the School, formed to instruct Indians and train them "as missionaries and teachers to their respective tribes" [DAB], was inspired by his having taught Samson Occom in the 1740's.
"Sometimes attributed to Nathaniel Whitaker. Issued in connection with a visit to the British Isles by the Rev. Nathaniel Whitaker to raise funds for the school and possibly based on Wheelock's ’A plain and faithful narrative of .. the Indian Charity-School ..’, 1763" [ESTC N80]. The pamphlet, inspired by the need to fund Wheelock's enterprise, tells the story of Wheelock's pioneering efforts with the Indians and the founding of his school. Testimonial letters and memorials, from Samson Occom and other Indian students of Wheelock, are included.
This second edition adds an Appendix to the 48-page first edition, which issued from London in 1766. The Appendix prints "some other fresh important Testimonials as well as some other further Accounts of the Progress of this laudable Undertaking, which have lately come to hand." ESTC records several variants of this second edition. "In this issue, the last line of p.62 begins 'Mr Whitaker' and p.63 ends with a three-line note beginning 'N.B.'"
SECOND EDITION. ESTC T104546. Howes W327. VII Streeter Sale 4062 [this second edition]. Field 1641. Item #35470