David Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 May 2


abstractFowler writes to Wheelock about his intention to marry Amy Johnson, and states that he has bought her a ring. He also writes of his worries concerning her health.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear.

paperLarge sheet is folded in half to make four pages. Paper is in good-to-fair condition, with moderate creasing, staining and wear. There is significant tearing near location of seal, but it results in no loss of text. Heavy creases are silked.


noteworthy The trailer is in an unknown hand. A note under the trailer reading "about a wife" is likely 19th-century and has not been transcribed.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, however the second page is on two recto, not one verso.

  Revd and Honoured Sir.   
According to your deſire I now  ſend you a few Words of our Transaction.—I have determin­ ­ed to have Amy for my Companion: I ſhall marry her as ſoon  as I return from Onyda, if I find all things well betwixt us—  We have ſettled all those things I told you of. ſome ſhe confeſd and  ſome not: I ſuppose ſome were falſ.—I hope, Sir you will  take the beſt Care you ^can^ of her. She wants a Gown very much,  Handkerchief, alſo I wiſh you would let her have ſome fine Lin nen to make her &c. I don't know what elſe ſhe wants; it is like­ ly you will when you come up.— I know if you love her  as much ^as^ you do me, all what ſhe deſires will be given: it is ſtrange  (if Mr Wheelock, don't love my Rib as well as my whole Body.— 
—I have given her a Gold Ring, which coſt two Dollars:— I hope  Sir, you won't be diſpleaſd with me for that, I think it will do her  good; now ſhe ſees my Sincerity towards her. therefore ſhe will put  more Weight upon what I ſay to her; it will ^alſo^ ſerve to keep her back from  those things. ſhe has been apprehened too often; though not once ſince ſhe  came here. She tells me that ſhe is quite contented here and hopes  to tarry all Summer.— Do let her tarry the bigeſt Part of this Summer,  if you don't deſign to ſend her to Boston. Sir you know, Woolly don't  ^[left]want^ one ſo dexterous as I do, at leaſt he can ^do^ better with poor one than I can: for  I want one that is Handy in every thing; I expect to do great deal in  reforming my poor Brethren both in ſpiritual and temporal things;  alſo I ſhall be always crowded with Gueſts: I believe, you ſeem to ſee  how it will be. f^r^om these Reaſons and many others I can produce had  I Time, you may ſee that I require one that can turn her Hand to  any thing that belongs to Houſwifry.
After I had ſome Converſation with Mirs. Bull about Amy  I underſtood that ſhe han't ^had^ one well Day ſince ſhe came here; I  ſuppose ſhe cetch'd Cold when I brought her up: She has conti­ ­nual Pain in her Side & Head. I am afraid ſhe ^is^ in a conſumptive Way;  ſhe ſhould go to ſome ſkilful Phyſician.— Sir, you ^dont^ know how much  it diſheartens me, when I conſider her Weakness it ſtrikes ſuch  Heavineſs in my Hea^r^t ſo that I am unwilling to leave her; for  fear, you wont try to get her healed. O pray for her in ſe­ cret and Private, that God would give Her Health and Strenght  alſo all the Graces ſhe ſtands in need of and continue her a long  and rich Bleſsing in the World, that he would make her a  Pattern of Piety & Virtue to all her poor Kindred, who will 
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be about her. I am cut off from my Expectation,  I thought I found one that was able to go through hard  Work: but I ſee now I am in the ſame Difficulty as  before; but I hope for the Better not for the worſet. — 
I did not hear of her Illneſs till after I wrote you one Let ­ter, ſo I was obligd to write another, that is ^the ^ Reaſon why I put  it in the laſt Place. — Poor Girl I ^ cant^ help loving her, ſhe  is indeed a pretty Girl. And therefore from this Time I ſhall  keep clear from all Girls whatſoever. 
Sir I ſhall be exceeding glad if you ſhould tell Ja­ cob to put all my things into ^Jacob Woolly^ Cheſt and let ^not^ one of theme be  loſt. 
May the Bleſsing of Heaven reaſt on you and Family,  and continue you a long and rich Bleſsing in the World, may God  bleſs all your untakings; and give you Skill to conduct and Go­ vern all those that ^are ^ commited to your Care: is the ſincere Pray  er & deſire of him, who deſires ^the continuance^ your Prayers. 
your moſt affectionate,    though unworthy Pupil.  David Fowler   
P. S. My Amy  gives kind Respect's  to you and Madam. 
Sir, I hope you won't   let this Letter be expoſ'd. 
The Rev.d Eleazar Wheelock. 
From David Fowler  May 2. 1765.  
To —  The Rev.d Mr Eleazar Wheelock  in  Lebanon