David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 13


abstractAvery writes that he is about to open his school with 16 students, and that Wheelock should expect a letter from Aaron Kinne as well.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperSingle medium-sized sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with minor creasing, staining and wear.

inkDark-brown ink bleeds through the paper.

noteworthyThis letter is written to Wheelock on the same day as Aaron Kinne's (manuscript 768363.1); both, presumably, were delivered by Joseph Johnson. It is uncertain to whom Avery refers when he mentions "the Queen" and "the girls," and so they have been left untagged; however, they are possibly Molly Brant -- Brant was William Johnson's consort -- and their children. The paper on which the letter is written appears to have been used for scratch paper as well; random words are written on the address page.

  Reverend Dr 
The School begins today —  have 16 Scholars, moſtly small —  how large the number will be, is  uncertain — As soon as Opportunity  preſents & am able to judge of the  progreſs of the Children, shall  give the Doctor a particular Ac­  ­count of the School .... 
Mr Kinne will see John­  ­ſon at the Flatts, with the Queen  & Girls; & write the Doctor what  he could not here — — — 
I find great Need of some under­ 
ſtanding of Phyſic, ye Nature & Power of  Medicines among the Indians — What  I have done, Johnſon will be able to  inform the D.r if he has a mind for  it — Thro’ D. Goodneſs, I am pretty well  for me — humbly deſire the favour  and undeſerved honor to ^be^ eſteemed,  Reverend D.r  your moſt  dutiful Pupil,  David Avery. 
To the Reverend D.r Wheelock 
From David Avery  June 13...th 1768 
To The Reverend  London  London  Eleazar Wheelock, D. D.  In   N. England.  ^[left]favoured by}^  ^[left]J. Johnſon}^  L Lord grant  Lordſday  Lords  day  ^[bottom]favour^  ^[bottom][illegible]^
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