Joseph Johnson, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 April 20


abstractJohnson writes about his progress among the Oneidas, and about the recent travels of Ralph Wheelock among tribes of the Six Nations.

handwritingJohnson's hand is small, but clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half is in fair condition, with heavy creasing and wear that nonetheless results in no loss of text. Large portions of the seal remain.


  Revd & Hond Doct.r 
My Reſpects & Regards for you  for the many favours which I have Enjoyed  Since under your paternal Care Exites in me  a kind of Gratitude which makes me deſireous  to Enqure little concerning your Valuble health  and to gather with all this I believe it is my—  Indiſpenſable Duty to Acquaint you the ſtate  of the Indians up here and the ſchool which  I keep. Hond Sir. I have not as yet Opened the  School at Old Onoida Since I came up laſt.  my Employment has been an Imperfect  Interpreter little better then none. to your  Hond Son. the Indians treat him with great  deal of Repſpects, & ſay that they do Realy  love him, and want that he ſhould ſtay longer.  your Hond Son has been at Onondage and offerd  the glad tiding of the Goſpel of X to them likewiſe  to the Senecas, but has not yet an Anſwer but  they did treat him with more Reſpects than  they had any before him, and deſired to have  Some time to Conſider ſuch matter of Importan^ce^  and promiſed to give him an Anſwer within  8 weeks. but has not Recieved any anſwer at all.  what the Reaſon is I cant tell. your ſon has  been under great Diſadvantage in this journy  & been thro many ſorro^w^full hour. no one to adviſe  him in Such Important Affair. 
I Expect to Open the ſchool next week.  I believe that if the Indians now Refuſe  the Offered Goſpel it will be wonder if God  dont in his anger cut them of from his Earth.  I do feel bad the for ſake of your ſon, he has  had two or three bad turns ſince he has been  up here. if had not the all ſupporting grace  from on high been his preſent aid he would  probably hnot [illegible]be able to go thro his buſsineſs  but God be praiſed that he has carried him  thus far in ſafety.  Revd Sir I hope that you have had your  health allowed to you ſince I ſaw you.  God be praiſed that he has keept me from  that diſtemper which I did ſo greatly fear.  I have Enjoyed my Uſeleſs health as Uſual.  I deſire humbly to Recommend myſelf  to your prayers dayly that he would keep me  from all ſin Eſpecially from pride.  I h[illegible]ave no more to acquaint you at preſent 
So I [illegible][guess: would][illegible] Remain your Ignorant  Pupil. and good for nothing Black  Indian.    Joſph Johnſon.     Doctr Wheelock.
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Jos: Joh[illegible]nsons  Aprel 20. 1768   
To  the Revd Doctr E Wheelock   in.   N England.  Pr favour of)  Mr Wheelock)