Stephen Williams, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 December 11



abstractWilliams writes to recommend a young man as a possible missionary.

handwritingHandwriting is casual and frequently difficult to decipher.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear. A tear near the location of the seal results in no loss of text.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

noteworthyOn one recto, Williams refers to “Mr. Brewster” and “Sir Brewster.” These are most likely Charles Brewster, the father of the youth, referred to as “Sir,” whom Williams is recommending.

Rev.d And dear Sir
your surprizeing letter is now before me, upon receiveing it — I was ready to say: Great, and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Allmighty, juſt, and true, are thy ways, thou King of Saints &c. and Even to put up that prayer, that All nations might come & worſhip before him, who only is holy &c. what matter is it, of joy, and rejoyceing, yt the time is comeing, when God, will be more abundantly feard, & glorifyd on Earth, than hither to, he has been; when all na­­tions of the world, shall come as a willing people unto God, and own, & Honour him, and pay their solemn Adorations to him &c. the Lord, who is not unrighteous, to forget [illegible][guess: man] [illegible][guess: that] work, and La­bour of Love, which any have showed towards his name, I truſt will reward, thoſe yt have ſo freely, and Generouſly Given of their wordly subſtance, to promote, the noble & pious deſign of Goſpel[illegible][guess: lize­]­ing, the poor indians &c — . dear Sir, your letter came to me Laſt Evening, ſo yt it is impoſſi­ble for me, to See Sr B — before mr Brewſter returns; Sr Bs character is good, he is Eſteemd a pious man, his cariage and Behaviour very different from ye wild airy youths who are rea­­dy, to deſpiſe him, for his Gravity & Seriouſness, & becauſe he will not run with him, into [illegible] [illegible] riot &c —. he is accountd a good Scholar — calm, & Sedate in his temper — but he is of a tender or rather broken conſtitution, occaſiond by his able application to his Studies; what his inclination, would be, as to Such an under­­takeing I dont know — nor how his friends, would be diſpoſd I cant Say, but Suſpect, they, would be unwilling, he Should engage &c but, I shall take an opportunity to talk with the young Gentle­­man himſelf, without makeing a noiſe about the matter; & if I find it is worth while, to advertiſe you of it, I Shall.
my moſt reſpect­­Full, & affectionate Salutations to your ſelf, mrs Wheelock, & your children.  from your unworthy Br & Fellow Servant Steph.n Williams
From Revd Stephen Williams Dec.r 11. 1765.
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