David Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 May 13

ms-number766313.1

doi
10.1349/ddlp.840

abstractFowler asks Wheelock to deliver an enclosed letter to Hannah Pyamphcouh, whom he wants to marry.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible.

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

inkBlack-brown.

noteworthyIt is possible that "Pyamphcouh" is Hannah Fowler Garrett's Indian name. It is uncertain to whom Fowler refers when, in the closing salutation, he mentions "Mr. Wheelock" and "Sir Wheelock," and so they have been left untagged. "Sir Wheelock" likely refers to Rodulphus Wheelock.

Reverend Sir
I am very ſorry I can't write you a Let‐ ter, which can be ſeen abroad. because Mr Kirtland is ſo much hurrid to get down: but he can give you a proper Idea of my School and ^my^ own Affairs. — I bele^i^ve I may venter to write my ſecrets to you as ^I^ wont to do. ſince I have ſo often ſeen and felt your tender Cares and Affections. I have wrote a large Let. ter to Hannah Pyamphcouh which iet will iether ſpur her up or knock her in Head.— I therefore aſk ^a Favour^ as a Child from kind Father or Benefactor, that this Letter may be ſent to the Supperſcrib'd Place as ſoon as you get it into your Hands. For I ſhall be down about the 13 or 14 of June and in very great Haſt. I muſt tarry at your House a Week or ten Days the long‐ eſt to ſhed my Skin. For I am almoſt bnacked now. I want all my Cloaths to be blue and that which is godd: The Rea‐ ſon why I want this Letter to get down ſo ſoon is, that ſhe may have ſome time to think and dreſs herſelf up. & another which is the greateſt that I may clear myſelf from those ſtronge Bonds wherewith I bound myſelf to her and which could not let me reſt Night and Day from the time I left her till I returnd to ^her^ again. what I mean about clearing myſelf is if ſhe denies. If ſhe wo'n't let her Bones be ^joind^ with mine. I ſhall get pick out my Rib from your Houſe.—
Sir. Dont be angry with me for write ſo and write ing bold and fooliſh. I hope you will not expoſe me — Give my Kingd Regards Mr Wheelock and Sir Wheelock and to all the Family. accept myuch Love and from Duty, ^from^
your unwothy Pupil David Fowler
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David Fowlers  May 13. 1766
To — The Revd Mr Wheelock  New England.
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