David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 23


abstractAvery writes that the sister of Deacon Thomas has died, and that the Oneidas have agreed to keep at least 21 children at his school.

handwritingHandwriting 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 staining, creasing and wear.

inkBlack-brown ink is lightly faded.

Rev,d & Hond Doctor, 
Thomas has been waiting to know  the will of the Lord reſpecting his Siſter,  who is now removed by death —  Was with her in Sickneſs & death — & now  she is gone, has left the moſt comfortable  Evidence behind — that she has gone to  be with Jeſus, and her Reſurrection will  be glorious —
My School has not been so  large as could wiſh — And this week  propoſed it to the Conſideration of the  Great Men — told them I wanted to know  how great a number they intend shold  be my steady, conſtant Scholars —  Alſo, informed them of my deſign to 
catechiſe my Scholars once every week; and  should be glad the Young people would at‐ ‐tend — They have eſtabliſht the Number  21 to come conſtantly ato School, as soon  as they all git home from abroad. . .  Some of the Children learn pretty well, &  some are dull enough — It hurts me very  much that they can't underſtand what they  read — Pleaſe to accept of much Duty from,
Rev, d & Hon,d D,r  Your moſt  obedient,  David Avery    ^[bottom]Reverend Dr Wheelock.^ 
From David Avery  June 23.d 1768 
To the Reverend  Eleazar Wheelock D. D.    Connecticut    ^[left]By Thomas}^
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