Samuel Ashpo, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1763 August 15


abstractAshpo writes that C.J. Smith has left his mission, and that Onaquaga is in want of missionaries. Ashpo suggests that he will go preach.

handwritingHandwriting is small and heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible. Punctuation is often difficult to decipher, but there appear to be inverted semicolons.

paperLarge single sheet is in good conditon. The paper is silked along heavy creases.



noteworthyOn one recto, line four of the body of the letter, it is uncertain to whom Rev. "mar.t" refers, and so he has been left untagged. It is also uncertain to which son of William Johnson Ashpo refers, and so he also has been left untagged.

  Rev.d  Eleazer Whee Lock  Sir   
Agreeable to your Deſire  I attempt to Write you a few Lines as Will as I can  according to the Short Time allowed me: when I come  ^[left]to Albany,^ I Saw not Revd mar.t and I know not What to Write;  from thince I Wente to Sir Welliam Johnſon  and I Saw not him (But His Son) Aug  I Sead unto Him What is become Rev.d Smiteh.  for He Was Sent to Preach to Mohoaks; and He  Sead Smiteh Was hear Two or three Days: and  He is gone home a bout three Weeks a goe  becauſe We hear Enemies is coming: but their was  nothing in it. Forall our Mohoaks are Pice  with us yet; and hear I meet mr Gunn ^He^ come  from Onohoguagee; He Sead their is no denger  among the Indians at Onohoguagee or Janingo  Indians, for thy are all good friends and Sead He  For Sead all the Miſsionarys are gone home;  and I believe the Providence of God will open  the Door. that I my Preach the Gospel  to theſe Indians; but I have Short time  to write; but I ^am^ Well through the Bleſsing  of God; And I hope you are the Same 
I am your  Humble Servant  Samll Aſhpo    ^[below]Rev.d^  ^[below]Eleazer Whee Lock^       
Samuel Ashpo  Auguſt 15. 1763.   
To the  Rev.d  Eleazer Whee Lock  of Lebanon  Connecticut