David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 11


abstractMcClure writes that he and the other Moor's students are doing well at college.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. A tear near the remnants of the seal results in a small loss of text.

inkBrown ink is heavily faded.

noteworthyThe identity of "Jonne" is uncertain, and so he has been left untagged. However, he is likely John Wheelock.

  Reverend & Honoured Sir/ 
By divine Goodnesſs, we enjoy  uſual Health here; have met with nothing par‐ ticular ſince S.r Wheelock's Visit. M.r Johnſon  has come down, & lives with one Attis, wou'd he   have lived with Avery & me if the President  had not hinder'd it, which was on account of  Attis, as he had no Body to live with him —  M.r Beers has ſupplied us with a Bead (not  the ſoftest) & cloathing; we were obliged to run  in debt[illegible] at Esq.r Shirman's for some Neceſaries;  we endeavour to live as prudent as is decent,  deeply sensible of the importance of spending  the ſacred Money with which we are maintain'd.
Jarrs & Divisions in College, have ſtrangely ſub‐ sided since the last Summer, Unanimity & Freind‐ ſhip seem to be universal among the Students,  The Freshman Claſs lately met with little 
Disturbence from their Superiors the Seinors; Frisbee  I hear is as good a Scholar a[illegible]sany of his Claſs, & was  ſtop'd to day after Recitation by Mr Baldwin, who  advis'd him to study Horarce & Homer for the Dean's  Bounty; Mather makes very good way with his Claſs,  they are both very well liked in College; Jonne is loved  [illegible] almost beyond Measure for his endearing Qualifications  & particularly his Modesty & respect to his Superiors.  Avery & I with our Claſs have just begun Martin's  Grammar we hope to git a little understand[gap: tear][guess: ing of]  Philosophy this Winter — The Students [gap: tear][guess: apply]  themſelves most diligently to Study & the Tutors are  indefatigable in their Endeavours to instruct us—  I hope abundantly to answer the End propos'd in my  coming to College — for this End I humbly ask the  Continuence of the Doctor's Prayers forme, & Liberty  to subscribe myſleelf, with Duty to Madam,
The Doctor's, most dutiful & affectionate Pupil  & most humble Servent   David M,cCluer
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From David McCluer  Nov. 21.th 1767
To the Reverend  Doctor Wheelock  Lebanon