Suhnaugearot, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 December 28



abstractSuhnaugearot thanks Wheelock for educating his son.

handwritingHandwriting is that of Samuel Kirkland. It is formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

noteworthyThere is text in, presumbably, Oneida on two verso beneath the address; its meaning is unknown. As noted in an N.B., Kirkland served as interpreter.

signatureSigned Suhnaugearot, but in Kirkland's hand.

To the great Minister that takes ye Care of Indians. Father.
We, the Parents of William, give o[illegible]ur Service to you. we thank God we are alive. we hope you are yet alive, & yt all Things are well with you. — Fathr, we are we are wery thankful for ye Care you have taken of our Son. yes Father we thank you heartily. we are exceedingly pleas'd w.h ye Instruction you have given our Son. he was always dear to us — & appeard a good child — but now much better. you have made his mind more straight & upright, we are greatly rejoicd to see it. Fathr, we desire you woud go on to take ye Caere & inſtruction of our Son — for which we shall be ever Thankful, & we thank God too. — we think perhaps in two years more — he may be fit to return. we hope you will keep him closely to his books now, yt he may Make ye greater speed. If he shoud be sick & like to die, you will please to send us word. This is all we have to say. — & once more give our hearty service to you.
farewel Father. — The greater king Minister Suhnaugearot
P.S. Peter, yt went down wh David, is of my Blood, & belongs to me, he is something of a bad child, rough Temper & not wise, I desire Fathr, you exert yourself in administring means for forming his Temper & mind strait^[below]gh^ ^[illegible]^ & making him wise, — & If you find you cant maſter it, & are quite discouraged, send me word, & I will let you know mind —  Suhnaugearot.
[left]N.B. interpreted & wrote by, yours &c S.K–d
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From Wm Onoida's Parents  Dec.r 28. 1767
To— The Revd Dr Wheelock ne Rajieheastajighko}  Raoughyadonsera,} ne dorheans nongade.}  thanagere.} N. England