Joseph Woolley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 September 17


abstractWoolley writes to Wheelock about his health, the school at Onaquaga, and his decision to return to New England.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.


signatureThe letter is signed twice, once with initials only.

  Rev.d & Hon.d Sir
By the divine Goodneſs  of God, I am the ſapairing Monument  of his Mercy. I am ſorry can give you  no better Account as to the Health of my  Body; My Ague Fitts has come upon me  again, not to ſuch a Degree now as a‐ ‐bout Week or Ten Days ago.
S.r I e keep a School, upwards of 20  Schollers, with ſome Decency & Regularity;  & there is a daily Addition.
Sr. Purpoſe to return / God willing / to  N. En^g^land, about the middle of October, or  towards the latter End, Tho' I determin'd to  tarry 'till next Spring. —
M.r Smith thiks it adviſeable I should this  Fall, for many Reaſons.
I was obliged to bye Proviſions to carry  att Ohquage, by Mr Smith's Advice; be‐ ‐cauſe we heard at Cherry Vally all our  Corn were deſtroyed.
I hope ſir, I shall be enabled to walk  before my School as it becometh, & teach  them thoſe Tings that I ought which  I wiſh, Long & Pray for.
I have no More to ſay att preſent,  but my humble Duty to M.r Wheelock,
Sir, your ver unworthy Servant  Joseph Wooley.
P.S. S.r If you approve the  incloſed, pleaſe to diliver it,  & Seal it &c. J. W.
From Joseph Wooley  Septr 17. 1765. 
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