Sylvanus Ripley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 September 24


abstractRipley writes to accept Wheelock’s invitation to write to him to improve his education. Ripley writes in support of the design to Christianize the Indians.

handwritingHandwriting is small, but 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-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyMarks -- a plus sign and a P -- have been added to the document in a different, probably modern hand. These marks have not been transcribed. The word "Wilkin's" appears on two verso; this is unexplained.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

Reverend, & Honoured Sir   
I (humbly accepting  your kind invitation to me viz to improve Evr'y  leisure hour in writing to the Dr) now humbly  dedicate the following Epistle, which I trust  will share largely your correction –– perhaps it  would not be disagreeable, should I chuse some  subject to treat on; when to write themeleſs, wou[gap: blotted_out][guess: d]  be too much like building a castle in the air:  I think in it not improper, to turn my thoughts  on the important design in veiw –– & first  I believe their is a vast many obstacles in the way   which 
^[below]To Mr Eleazar Wheelock DD,––^ 
Which to human appearance seem to be almost  insurmountable, & the cause in various respects wears  a gloomy aspect; yet the probability of its succeſs is greater;  than that I ^myself^ shall Ever ^be^ able to aſsist in the for[illegible][guess: d]warding  of it, who) I beleive( will be Rather like a brittle pin, [illegible][guess: which]  which tends more to weaken the fabrick; than promote  its stability; yet I would wish for the best that ^the^ great  design of Christianizing the Pagans might be accomplish'^d^[illegible]  [illegible]the great Redeemers Kingdom advanced; God gloryfied:  Satans strong holds subverted: & the Benefactors most  sanguine expectations answer'd: & may, kind Sir, your  indefatigable labours be crown'd with succeſs, & when the  grand Mandate Moriatur is utter'd in heaven, then may your  Exit be with a composed & Resign'd [illegible][guess: even] spirit; & "Receive an abu^n^  ­dant entrance administred to your" & &   
I beg Leave to sub­  ­scribe myself your dutiful Pupil Sils Ripy 
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Silvanus Ripleys  Sep.r 24. 1768   
^Wilkin's^    To— —  the Rev'd Eleazar Wheelock DD  In  Connecticut   
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