Allyn Mather, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 20


abstractMather writes that he is not content at college.

handwritingHandwriting is small and slanting, yet formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperSingle large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear. There are signs of old tape on one verso.

noteworthyAn editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note under the trailer on one verso. This note has not been included in the transcription.

  Rev.d & Honoured Sir/ 
Senſible of the oblagations that I am under  of Duty & affection. — I would in ^a^ submiſsive humble  manner addreſs you with a few Lines,— Your kindneſs  & Paternal care you have exerciſed towards me, give  me the greateſt reaſon to think that you are alwais con‐ ſulting my good, & happineſs, & that it would be exceding   agreable to hear from me, every opportunity.  which I would enforme you through a kind & indulgent  providence, Injoy a Tollerable good s^t^ate of heath, & ſhould be  able to follow my Studies with eaſe & delight, if it was  not for thoſe many arrands which do almoſt keep me upon  continu^al^ run, for this I have been obliged ^to^ study Evinings, till   my Eyes have felt the bad affects thereof.  Reſpecting College affairs, I believe ingeneral are conducted  very wiſly, peace & good ordere seems to prevail.  the Preſidend appeairs to be frindly, & Tutors likwiſs  Notwithſtanding I enjoy not that contentedneſs of Mind which  I uſe to do while under your care & inſtruction, for my  pr^i^viliges are not so great as they were then, particular  as to divinity, I am as ignorant as when I came from home  if not more so —, the Preſident has set apart Satturd^a^y   for that purpoſe that we may study Divinity, I hope it will  be somwhat better, but I am afraid not, we recite the Aſsem‐ blies shorter Catechiſm.— It is my preſent thought this ^is^ not the place  to qa^[illegible][guess: l]^lify ^a^ Miſsionary for Indian service, som private School I shoud   I should think would be better fror that purpoſe, I have som   reaſons to give tim why, it is so, itf time would parmit it is now[illegible]  twelve oclock at Night, I muſt aſk liberty to subſcribe  my self. —
Your Dutifull Pupil  & Moſt obedient humble Servent   Allyn Mather 
To the Rev.d E Wheelock D.D.
Allyn Marthers  Nov.r 20. 1767