Allyn Mather, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 July 4


abstractMather requests to leave school and stay with his parents while he recovers his health.

handwritingHandwriting is small and wanders somewhat, but it is largely clear and legible.

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


  Rev.d & Hono.ur Sir/ 
The Paternal care & love you have  exerciſed to wards me, incite me to aſk your  advice in this affair (viz) whether or no it  would not conduce much to my health, & the  advantage of ^ye ^ School, to go Home & live with  my Parents, whil I have got a better state of health.
The advantages I give of my going home  are theſe. — If I tarry here, & continue to be—  weakly I ſhall ^not^ anſwer ye deſign I came upon,  & therefore you will be diſappointed & the expence   you have been at loſt, but if I go Home, future ex‐ pence will be pr^e^vented, & Chriſt money saved.—  if I tarry I can not ſtudy for advantage, while  this weakneſs remains, for I find by applying heard  it increaſes, — so upon that account it will be as  well for me to be at home a here.— Another  thing is, if I continue to be weakly, & tarry here  I ſhall be a diſturbance to som of ^the^ Scholars of  the School.— As often as they go out to work  if I am not with them, they are very snuffy  & speak out in som such words as theſe   
Mather is a good for nothing ^lazy^ Fellow, & his  sickneſs is sent upon him for a Judgment  becaus he would not work, an Indian  makes no allowance for a sick man, if ^he^ can't  do the work of a ſtrong [illegible]harty Man, he is eſteemed  good for nothing in there opinion — Revd ſir  would it not be better then ^for me^ to go Home, &  live with my Parents till I have got better  in health — with submition I live it with[illegible]  you to do that which you think is beſt —  ading no more then this, I am with dutiful  reſpect —   
Your Dutiful Pupil  & Moſt obedient & humble Ser.v   Allyn Mather 
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From Allyn Marther  July 1767 
To  The Rev.d Mr Wheelock  in  N. England