Phineas Dodge, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 October 16


abstractDodge writes about his activities in, and progress through, the wilderness; he asks for a watch.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible.

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


noteworthyAmong many variant spellings, Phineas spells his own name "Phinehas."

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

  Rev: & Honoured Doct 
Throw the Goodneſs of God  I have Arived hear, Am oblige to moove  Slow By reaſon of my heavy Load hope to Dine  at Rev. mr Robinſes to Day. [illegible]Bleſſed be God  I am not in ye Leaſt Diſscouiraged Oh that  I may alwayes be Inabled to put my truſt  in, & Comit my Wayes to ye Lord. be thankfull  for all marc[illegible]ys, [illegible]Make it my Daly Study  What I shall render to ye Lord for All his  Benifits — Johnſon Sends his Duty — & Sayes  he Deſigns to Do his utmoſt to promote  knoledg among ye Indians — The Boys Likewiſe  Send thair Duty All Behave Very Well. Bleſſed  be God for it. Honoured Doct If you Pleas  to Send me a Watch by mr John Kirtland  I believe it Will be of Great Sarvice in the  Wildernis to Shew me how Precious time  Slips away & perhaps Excite me to a better  Improvement of it   
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My humble Duty to Madam ^sir Whelock & your family:^ & Due reſpect  to all ^Johnſon alſo Sends ye Same^ — Am in ye Greateſt haſt muſt Beg  you Corection, With Leave to Conclude my Self   
your moſt unworthy Sarvant at Com^m^and  With all Due reſpect  Phinehas Dodge   
from M.r P. Dodge  Oct.r 16. 1767.   
To  The Doct Wheelock  The Revd. Doct Wheelock  in  Lebanon