Isaac Dakayenensere and Gwedelhes Agwirondongwas (Good Peter), letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1764 November 12

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abstractDakayenensere and Agwirongdongwas write to thank Wheelock for his interest in sending missionaries and assistance with husbandry. Agwirondongwas regrets that he cannot, at present, visit the Charity School.

handwritingAs noted at the bottom of the document, Samuel Kirkland served as scribe. The handwriting is somewhat informal, yet clear and legible.

paperLarge single sheet is in good condition with light staining, and light-to-moderate creasing and wear.Tearing on sides of paper does not result in a loss of text.

signatureUnlike the body of the document, the signatures appear to be in both Dakayenensere's and Akwirondongwas's own hands.

  Dear Kind Brothers. 
We are alive yet, and well, for which we  thank God. We return our sincere Thanks for sending such pleasant  News to us; which we have for a long Time desired to hear. We wrote last  Fall to some of our Brothers, but have had no Return, 'till now.  The hearing this joyful News, appears to us, as thus we saw you face to face.  We again return our most [illegible][guess: hearty] hearty Thanks.  We are Constantly labouring in the Word of God, as you are.  We can't but again return you our best Thanks, yt you are so mindfull  of us, as to be still making Provision for ye Welfare of our Souls.  The Labour of ye Gospel is very heavy in this Wilderneſs, we rejoice  to see one. who will join hands with us; it se^e^ms to make the bur[illegible][guess: th]den  much lighter, & we go on with greater alacrity.—  We are thankful to hear we are not alone in ye great work of  God, but that there are others, who labour for, & rejoice with us  in ye Welfare of Souls.—  "The folloing Peter's." I am very glad to hear you are still desirous  that we should be acquainted with ye whole word of God, & ^of^ ye Invitation  to your School.— I wou'd immediately embrace your kind offer,  did not the present Situation of our Affairs forbid my coming.  Our Men are all abroad,— Many Things are committed to my Charge.—  we suppose our Enemies below, are at this present juncture engaged.  we know not what will be ye event. perhaps in my Absence our Women  may be all killed, & our houses burnt down. But as soon as Peace &  Quietneſs are proclaim'd in these our Borders, I shall gladly comply  with your Desire.— our Boys are all out— we dont yet know who  will come.—  We wish you all well in the Lord. 
We give our Love to you, and all our Brothers.  Farewell.  iſaac dakaye^nenſe ^re^^  gwedethes  Akwirondongwas   
P.S. Interpreted by John Harper,  wrote by your obede.t unworthy  hume Servt  Saml Kirtland. 
To the Rev.d M.r Wheelock &c. 
Iſaac Takayenerſere &  Gwedethes Akwirondongwas  two poor Indian Miniſters  at Onohooquauge their  Letter Novr 12th 1764 
To  The Rev.d Mr Eleazer Wheelock New-England
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