Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Brainerd, 1761 November 6


abstractWheelock updates Brainerd on the progress of various Indian students at the school.

handwritingHandwriting is informal and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperLarge single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear that leads to a minor loss of text. There is preservation work along particularly heavy creases.


noteworthyThis document appears to be a draft. On one recto, in the first paragraph, an unknown editor, possibly 19th-century, has added the note "Woolley" in pencil above the word "Joseph." This edit has not been transcribed.

  Rev.d and Dear Brothr 
Upon my return from Boſton abo.t 4  ^[left]weeks ago^ I met yours, with Miriam at My House. I am well  pleaſed with [illegible][guess: Miriam]the Girl, ſhe is in good Health, & well  contented, ſhe has a kind Miſtreſs who ſays She learns  well ſo far as ſhe has had Opportunity to ſee & know  Amie y.e other India[illegible]n Girl ^13. years old^ who is Mated with Miriam  and boards about [illegible][guess: 10][illegible][guess: 20] Rods from her (So y.t y.a Lodge togethr)  has made ſurprizing proficiency in learning ſince ſhe  came laſt Spring. ſhe then ſcarſely knew her Letters.  (and indeed is more backward in reading than in other  parts of her Learning) will now write a good hand ^conſiderably well^  ſhe kept House for her Miſs. while ſhe was gone on a viſit  ^near a fortnit^ and did it well, underſtands tending a Dary, and has  lately [illegible] her a Pocket & done it well. &c. You may  tell the Parents of Miriam there ſhall nothing be wanting  for her within my Power. Joseph is well fitted for College  and I have this Year Entred ſeveral not better fitted  than Hezekiah. I deſigned they ſhould have made  a viſit to their Friends [illegible] this fall and the week for their  going was appointed but for ſeveral ^Reaſons^ years I have  made them willing to defferr it till ſpring. it had  got to be ſomething late in ye fall & no Opport[gap: worn_edge][guess: uny]  of a Paſsage by water preſented. &c but principally  ^[left]been^ that Hezekiah after I [illegible]was almoſt got quite diſcouragd  with him has been under Convictions ^for several Months^ and is ſo ſtill  which has made a ſurprizing Change in him, and I  feard y.t ſo long a Diverſion would ^prove^ be unfriendly to it.
Joseph & Hezekiah have now ye beſt Opportunity to learn  the Mohawke Language of these Mohawke Boys I have [illegible][guess: ſet]  them about ^moved them to.^ it. I hope, as it is to be learnt without  Book it wont greatly hinder them in their other ſtudies.  I have ſent my poor weekley Son Radulphus to your  College in [illegible][guess: Ho]ping yt he may profit ſomething by living [gap: worn_edge][guess: there]  and I ſend him with [illegible][guess: a] Hopes y.t ye Honle Com̅iſs.rs will take  Joseph as they Did Jacob under their Patronage and  ſtill continue him with me and let my ſon have his  ſupport. the weight upon me is great, and I dont well  know how to get along without Such an advantage.  will you think favourably of it ^Dear Sir^ and use your Intreſt  in my Favour?
as to ye other Girl I’ll Expect her as ſoon as you  can ſend her.  I want [illegible] an opportunity to ſay a 1000 things to you. 
Br. Pomeroy or My Son ^if when you ſee them him^ can give you a prticular accot  of ye School and So[illegible]me New & encouraging Proſpects. 
Letter to M.r Brainer^d^  Nov.r 6. 1761.  Miriam Come.