Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Sarah Simon, 1768 June 27


abstractWheelock informs Simon that if she does not want her son to stay in school until his education is finished and he is ready to teach, she should say so at once so that no more money will be spent on him.

handwritingFormal and legible handwriting is not Wheelock's; the trailer, however, is in Wheelock's hand.

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


Mrs Symons. 
I receivd your James not to [illegible] pleaſe  myself but at your earneſt Deſire by your Daughter Sarah,  Who told me you had tgiven him to me to bring up and deſpoſe  of as my own Son, and only upon such Conſiderations I took  him, and have kept him to School ever since he has been  with me till about three Weeks ago, I hired a Man to take  him & instruct him in Husbandry which I found he was who­ lly ignorant of, and next winter I deſignd to take him into  the School again, & fit him as faſt as I can for a School,  Maſter, & when he is fit for it I deſignd to put him into good  Buſineſs as I would a Child of my own — Theſe were my Vi^e^ws  & so I understood your proposal by your Daughter — but if I  have not understood you right — if you intend to take him  away from me, or encourage his going away as others have  done after I have been at great Expence to educate him;  or when he has half got his Education, I inſist upon it that  you let me know it now, before I spend any more Money  to be thrown away upon him, there are hundreds who  would be glad to come into his Room and be at my dispoſe as  much as my own Children are — — 
Pleaſe to send me word what I may depend upon, and if you chuſe  to have him come back to you, I aſsure you I dont want to Keep  him, as I never had any view but to his Good and the Good  of the Indians in my taking him at firſt — — 
you may depend upon it if he tarries with me I shall take the  moſt Affectual Method to learn him Husbandry as well as  to read and wright, — pleaſe to let Mr Deake see this and  deſire him to write your Anſwer to me — It greives &   breaks my Heart that while I am wearing my Life out to  do good to the poor Indians, they themselves have no more Deſire  to help forward the great Deſign of their Happineſs here  and Eternal Salvation in the World to come, but are so  many of them, and some of them too, thoſe on whom I have  beſtowed much Pains & Coſt pulling the other way and as  faſt as they can undoing all I have done. Oh! that God  would shew them their Miſery, and the only way of their Relief. 
Your Daughter Sarah carries herself very well, but I  think it not beſt she should come home to viſit you till  the Fall — I wiſh you Proſperity with all my Heart  and am   
your Real Friend  Eleazar Wheelock 
P.S. The Conditions I upon which I take all the Engliſh  Boys in my School are, that if they leve me before they  have got their Learning, or go into other Buſineſs  after wards that pleaſes them better than the Indian  Service they shall pay me all the Expence of their Learn­  ing. and I think the Reaſon is as good with reſpect  to your Son James 
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Lett.r to Sarah Symons  at Charlestown June 27.  1768.  Reſpecting her ſon James 
To  M.rs Sarah Symons  at Charlestown