Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 September 27


abstractJohnson writes that he is on his way to Fort Stanwix, and complains that he is never trusted with any money.

handwritingHandwriting is small and loose, yet largely clear and legible. The trailer is in a different, unknown hand.

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  Revd & Ever Hond Doct.r 
I deſire [illegible]Once more to write to yo^u^  and deſire once more to Acquaint your Honour,  that We have thro the kindneſs of that Ever good God who is good, Even to the Evil and Unthankful  Got on Our journey thus far. that we Expect  tomorrow to git there where the Indians are meet.  we are Acquainted that they are not yet meet;  but are gethering. I have much to ſay, but no time  to write much. I have kind Sir thus far Enjoyed  my health as Uſ[illegible][guess: si]al,. I deſire Humbly to Acqu ­aint you that I am Under great diſadvantage  that I cant get the things that I ſtand in great  need of, by Some means or another. Becauſe you did  not give any Orders of So doing or Expreſs Orders  for Every articul; So that it is likely I ſhall ſuffer.  I have not as yet, been trusted with one Copper not  So much as in ſight, much more when I ſhall be  out of ſight; it hurts me very much, as I have not  yet been lavish of any, of Christ money, or been found  Diſhoneſt. I deſire moſt Humbly to leave it to you  if I have so done I think it not ſtrange. or aſk Mr  Kirtland if I Ever proved diſhoneſt to any of the  Money He has from time to time truſted me with.  or to your Honoured ſon whether he was acquainted,  by any one when he was up here. if ſo, I deſire to Be  content under a puniſhment which I juſtly deſerve.
I am fully Determined henceforth to leave myſelf  to that Ever good God who has hitherto guided my  doubtfull paths, I feel quite Content as to that affair  when I sat of. I never came of with ſo much Reluct­ ­ance before. but it was merely for want of Conſiderat ­ion. and Reflexion of the many favours I have  hitherto, been the Subject of. O how is the Maze of  fate I have blindly Run and Backward trod thoſe  paths I sought to Shun. I have no more time to  write. But to humbly Recommend my ſelf to your  Prayers dayly that I may be made humble and be  kept from all that will be diſhonour to His  Grate Name. forgive my Brevity, and all that  Seems to be out of a wrong Spirit in this Litter.  no more; but deſire to ſubſcribe myſelf
your Ever  humble, and Obedient, (tho Hitherto Contrary)   Pupil. tho Ignorant. Joſeph Johnſon. 
PS. pleaſe Sir to dgive my duty to your Hond
Son. no more. Ut ante.  ^[below]To Revd Dactr E Wheelock.^
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Joseph Johnson's   Sep.r 27. 1768   
To-  The Revd E Wheelock D. D.   In   Lebanon, Connecticut. 
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