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Whitaker, Nathaniel, 1732-1795



  • Existence: 1732 - 1795

Nathaniel Whitaker was an outspoken Presbyterian minister with a long and wide-ranging career. Between his ordination in 1755 and his death in 1795, Whitaker ministered to five different congregations. His longest tenure was at Chelsea, CT (near Norwich), from 1761-1769, during which he joined Occom on his two-and-a-half-year fundraising tour of Britain. While in Chelsea, Whitaker was very involved in Wheelock's project. The two engaged in frequent correspondence, and Whitaker served on Eleazar Wheelock's Board of Correspondents in Connecticut, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Moor's Indian Charity School. At one time, he was Wheelock's presumed successor, but Dartmouth's Trustees demanded that Wheelock appoint another.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Eleazar Wheelock to Nathaniel Whitacker, 1767-11-28

MS-1310: Eleazar Wheelock collection
 Folder: 767628.4, Box: 16
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Draft of 767628.1. Concerns the serious trouble arising from the trust protesting Wheelock's bills; the need of incorporation in America and Ralph Wheelock's ability to manage the Indians would make him the best successor of his father.

James Diman, Nathaniel Whitaker, Thomas Barnard Letter

Mss 780555
Identifier: Mss 780555
Scope and Contents Open letter to be read by churches testifying Diman, Whitaker, and Barnard's belief that Indian youths under care of Pres. John Wheelock deserve charity and support by all congregations, as said youths will be hostages to prevent Indian invasion from north.

Nathaniel Whitacker letter, 1769-10-31

MS-1310: Eleazar Wheelock collection
 Folder: 769581, Box: 21
Identifier: 1
Scope and Contents Two leaved holograph signed (photocopy) from Nathaniel Whitaker in Salem to Eleazar Wheelock Lebanon [Conn]. Colonel Phelps gives an odd account of affairs. Speaks of provisions in the charter and how the Governor had yeilded. Enclosure: Letter 1769 October 31, Salem, to B. Woodward.

Nathaniel Whitaker letter

Mss 781574
Identifier: Mss 781574
Scope and Contents Whitaker writes to Wheelock from Salem expressing his desire to serve the College again.