Samuel Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 October 5

ms-number766556.2

doi
10.1349/ddlp.1124

abstractJohnson writes of the poor progress of his mission among the Mohawks, and gives news regarding other Wheelock missionaries in the vicinity.

handwritingHandwriting is small and occasionally difficult to decipher. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

inkBrown.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

Rev,d & Honour,d Patron
I know not what to write for I have nothing but what muſt be diſagreable unliſs it be that we are all well for the good Nuſe which I want to write [illegible] viz of the [illegible] Convertion of the Hethen ^which^ is not come to pas here yet and I muſt ſay I fear it niver will I hope God will affect it in his own Time and it would be my greateſt Joy to ſee that happy Scene begin though Mr Chamberling is with unweried Pains ſtriving to convins them of their Erors and the Dainger of their Neglect he could hardly ever have more than 9 or 10 Indians to hear a Sermon and as to my School it went or very well until Sir W went home and ^then^ they the Children dropt of one by one and others would be unſtedy ſo that for ſome time now I have had not more than 5 or 6 In‐dians Children and 2 or 3 white ones thinking this to be not Douty to ſpend my Time thus I wrote to Mr Kirtland for advice but have receivd nothing Mr Chamberling thinks that being Jacob has about the ſame Number it is beſt to place him here and ſeeing Hezekiah is left and deſcurregd it is prepoſd for me to go to Fort Hunter and try to gether and re[illegible] the School there again I receivd the kind and indulgent Letter and [illegible] half [illegible] by David though I have had no want yet I have be^e^n put to great Expenſes looking for my Hors who was ſtolen and I have ſpent a Week after it but find no Signs of it I want to re‐turn to Colledge as ſoon as I can if they will take me but I ex‐pect to hear from Mr Whelock before I ſet of a foot fo^r^ New Engl^and^ the Children which I have had ſeem to [illegible]lern very well and ſome ſurpriſl^n^gly faſt
Rv,d Sir, I am with due Reſpect your deutiful Peupel Sam,ll Johnson Rvd Mr Eleazar Whelock
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Samll Johnsons Oct. 6. 1766.
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