Jonathan Murdock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 26

ms-number767176.1

abstractMurdock lists the various reasons why he cannot undertake a mission.

handwritingFormal handwriting is somewhat uneven, yet clear and legible. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

inkBrown ink is lightly faded.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two recto, not one verso.

Reverend Sir. — 
I have recieved your  Letter dated the 17.th ultimo. and now  improve the first Opportun^i^ty I have  had to return you my sincere Thanks  for the kind & honorable Proposal you  have made me and for the Love and  Regard you have expreſs'd for me. —  But at Present Sir, there are several  Obstacles against my undertaking the  Office of a Miſsionary amoung the  Natives of America: tho' it is true I  once entertained Thoughts of it and  propos'd it to my Friends but they  were utterly averse to it; and I have  no Doubt but they still remain ſo. —  But were my Friends willing I could  not at Present look on myself, who   
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Am an unexperienc'd Youth, fit or  quali[illegible]fy'd to undertake ſuch a great  and important Work, which, as I  must think, requires a Man of Years,  Knowledge & Experience. —  But if the Objections I have menti= on'd were remov'd, my present ill State  of Health would by no Means allow  of my undertaking the Work of a Miſ =sionary, which requires ſo much  Strength of Body as well as of Mind.  For these Reasons, Sir, I must at   Pre= ſent lay aside all Thoughts of under‐ taking the great Work you have pro= pos'd to me. — But that [guess: you] God may  bleſs & prosper your great & noble  Designs & Endeavours of gospelizing  the Indian Natives, is the hearty Desire &  Prayer of Rev.nd Sir,   
your sincere Friend & Humble  Servant — Jonathan Murdock  New H. Feeb. 26. AD 1767 
From Jonathan Murdock  Feby 26. 1767   
To  The Rev.nd   Eleazar Wheelock  at  Lebanon
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