Joseph Woolley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 September 30


abstractWoolley writes of his progress with his mission, and of his intentions to go to the Tuscarora tribe to teach.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible, with some deletions and additions. There are several uncrossed t’s that the transcriber has corrected.

paperSingle sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with moderate-to-heavy wear. A tear around the remants of the seal results in a minor loss of text. Large portions of the wax seal remain.

  Rev.d S.r 
In my last I remember  that I told you, I believ'd I shoud  return to you this Fall. But con­ ­ſidering all Things, I cannot  come without doing that which  is very Wrong. The Tuskaroras  down below want very much to  have their Children taught, and I be­ ­lieve shall go tomorry there to ſee if  I can do any good among them, shall  tarry there 'till Mr Smith returs. Moſes  will keep this School as long as I am  abſent. Sir, I feel better in Health  I I hop[illegible]e shall be [illegible]able to keep 
 School this Winter.
Sir, I live pretty well, The Indians be­ have kindly toward me I am not in  want, as to ashe-Cakes & Corn & Beens.  but after all I dont think I can live  ſo throughout thise Winter. For Change  of Diet I want that is fat; ſuch as  Pork if can only have this I belive I  shall get well. Alſo Cloſths I want,  Viz. A Great Coat, Wollen Shirts, Yarn  Stockings.
I have not been ſo well as to Build  my Houſe But shall begin as ſoon  as I can endure biger hardsihp.  S.r if you should like my Work,  that is what I have done, by next Spring  I would be glad to know what Num- 
ber of Cows I may have whether one  or two.
I dont think I can come 'till 8  Months end; it may be ſooner, as  Things shall turn out, & God  should spare my Life & Health.  I am not under Neceſsity of more  Things as I know of, but what  I can get here. Sir I wan[gap: tear][guess: t]  to hear form you & Affairs a[gap: tear][guess: t]  Home. I ask, for your Prayes  for me, that I may be judicious,  Steady & aſsiſted by the holy  Goſt. Pray accept my Duty, to  Madam, Master, Love to the  whole School — I remain 
you submiſsive Ser.vt  Joseph Wooley 
from Joſeph Woolley Septr 30th  1765   
To  The Rev.d M.r Eleazer Wheelock  {P.r favour  of Mr Revd Mr Smith  Connecticut}