Aaron Kinne, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 13


abstractKinne writes that the missionary party has arrived at Kanawalohale, and that the Oneidas there have received them well. He also writes that they are having trouble securing an interpreter, and relates other matters of interest.

handwritingFormal handwriting is small yet very clear.

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

noteworthyThe identities of the family of Mundias are uncertain, and so they have been left untagged. It appears that there are different addresses as well as some penmanship practice on one recto. It is uncertain who has written what. This letter is written to Wheelock on the same day as David Avery’s (manuscript 768363.2);presumably, both letters were delivered by Joseph Johnson.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on two recto, not one recto.

  Revd Dr 
I readily embrace the present  opportunity of sending to you, & giving an account of my  Situation, about which, I doubt not, you are anxious. —  Thro' the Favours of divine Providence we arrived at  this place the 10.th Day after we left New-England —‐  Concerning an Interpreter are disappointed as yet. Jo‐  seph is so engaged in Indian affairs, {the Governour be‐  ing in these Parts on their account} that he can, at pre  sent, give no aſsistance. Tho' gave Encouragement, that  if poſsible, he will hereafter. —‐ Moſes flatly refused —‐ Jo‐  annes was gone a hunting, but was soon expected in,  to whom we made application, via Jos. when he shou'^d^  Return, that he would be our Interpreter. — engaged  to cloath him. — but as yet have received no answer —‐
The Indians received us with Joy. —‐ in Council with  readineſs consented to our Proposals. —‐ Your Letter was  communicated to the Chiefs, & to Mundius' Father wh[illegible]  appertain'd to him —‐ to which he reply'd, 'I thot so, Let‐  ters that came said he was getting better, now they write  he is almost dead.' —‐ Friday Evening Thomas came  to us desiring a Paſs for Mundius' Father & Mother  who had determined immediately to go to New-Eng‐  land —‐ to which we consented. —‐ Saturday we were in‐  formed that his Father & Brother were gone to Onida  Lake & from thence to Fort Stanwix where they were  to take the Remainder of their Company ‐— designing to go ^[below]to^   
Schenectady by water —‐ Since they are gone, we understand the  whole Family are going, according to a Custom prevalent ^among^ Indians.  But before this came to our Knowledge, things were carried so far  that 'twas beyond our Power to prevent them. —‐ We now under  stand that great Numbers are designed for those Parts e'er  long. —‐ Have had no Intelligence from Onondaga —‐ School  begins to Day. —‐ Jos. Johnson has had a Combat with the Indi‐  ans of Old-Onida —‐ three of which, in a Mad, drunken Frolic, laid  laid violent hands on him, abus'd & wounded him with their  venemous Teeth on his Shoulder & one of his hands —‐ the  ^Remains^ of which are are still painful —‐ has been infirm, but is somwhat  better. —‐ We hope for more agreeable & entertaining accounts  to send by Thomas ‐— I [illegible]trust have daily an Interest in  your Prayers at the Throne of Grace —‐ desire ever to be  remember'd —‐ That God would protract your useful, valua‐  ble Life —‐ succeed & bleſs your Endeavours for the Enlargement  of the Redeemers Kingdom, is the earnest Prayer of,   
  Revd Dr  Your much obliged,   most obedient &   Very humble Servant,    Aaron Kinne 
P.S. Please to give my dutiful Respects to Madam ‐— Love  to Revd M.r Kirtland ‐— M.r Woodward —‐ S.r Wheelock ‐— S.r Wales —‐  All the Family —‐ School &c —‐   Avery is so troubled & careful about many things has  Time only for Concurrence with the Above — attended with  humble Duty ‐— Johnson's Infirmity obliges him to pursue  the same Method —‐ Time for writing so short are obligd  to neglect many dear Friends     
From M.r Aaron Kinne Miſsy‐—   June 13..th 1768   
To M.r Aaron Kinne Miſsry at Kau,nau,rau,haur,y—‐  W  To To Foster To Canawaraha,re  ſir ſir  Money of  To ſir To  ſir ſir — M.r Bezaleel Woodward  The Reverend Woodward, Lebanon  To  ſir‐— ſir Eleazar Wheelock DD—  to ſir Wheelock  Mez.r Phelps Esq.r —‐ Eleaz.r W Wheelock New=England  In Hebron
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