469 Daniel Rogers to President Holyoke

    [Worcester October 15, 1740]

    Honored and Dear Sir

    I thank you for your kind letter, for I know, twas written out of Love to me, as well as concern for the College, but I must beg leave to dissent from you in my Judgement. I’m not at all surprized at the uneasiness that arises upon my taking this Journey with Mr. Whitefield—I expected It; and know from what Quarter It comes. It confirms me in my opinion that the blessed Spirit of God has led me out, and how far I shall proceed He only knows I committ my self to Him; I trust in Him to lead me in the way I should go. I desire the President to call a meeting of the Corporation as soon as may be to take what care they see best of my Pupills. I do not, nor shall I at present Resign the office of a Tutor at College, hoping God may make use of me to do him service in that Society. But if the Corporation see good to deprive me, I hope God will enable me chearfully to submitt to His will therein—or if the Corporation should think it best to chuse and appoint a suitable person to take the Charge of my Pupils, and my Part in the Government of the House till I return I shall heartily acquiese in it. Nay I desire it, and freely resign my salary to such person till I return to service; as to the Church at Boston I have it under further consideration; and wait for God’s Direction, and desire much Honored and Doctor for your prayers in that and every other important affair relating to

    Your very Humble servant

    D. Rogers

    College Papers, 1. 81 (No. 167). Daniel Rogers (A.B. 1725) was a grandson of President Rogers. As one of the New-Lights, he left not only the College, where he resigned as Tutor in 1741, but also gave up a call from the New North Church. See Sibley, Sketches (Shipton), vii. 556–557, where parts of this letter are quoted. A brother, Samuel, and a cousin, Daniel, were members of the same Class.