David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 October 1


abstractAvery reports on various comings and goings, including the arrival of Jacob Johnson, and notes that numerous Indians are traveling to the congress at Fort Stanwix.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, clear and legible.

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

inkBlack-brown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyAvery mentions the arrival of Susannah, the same student for whom Wheelock writes a recommendation in manuscript 768429.1.

  Revd & Hon,d D,r 
The Reverend Mr Johnson came  to this place 29th laſt month with the Fulneſs  of the bleſsings of the Goſpel — was cordially  received by the Indians — releaſed their Minds  from some diſquietude — occaſioned by the  long abſence of a miniſter — he came as  one in seasonSir W.m & a very large Num­  ber of Gentlemen have been at Fort Stan­  wix about three weeks — the Indians are  come & comeing — it is expected they will  all arrive in a week or ten Days — will,  doubtleſs be the largeſt Congreſs that ever  was among the Six Nations — Deſign, by di­  vine Leave, to accompany the Revd M.r John­  ­ſon over as soon as the Indians go — and  return to New England as soon as the Congreſs  shall be ended — & let the Doctor ^know^ the Parti­  culars — & fully ye reſult of the whole — which,  doubltleſs, will be — determining —   
Have procured four very likely Children for the  SchoolThomas and his Brother arrived safe with  very Exalted Ideas of the School — behave very well.  Not long since Thomas' wife, after about three  week's Sickneſs, left this world — hopefully for  a better — had satiſfying Evidence that her  peace was made with God — and that she has  gone to join the Aſsembly of the thoſe that  are made white in the Blood of the Lamb —  Since, Thomas manifeſts a great Deſire to  go to New England — the rather soon — becauſe  is afraid his Daughter will be diſtracted at hear­  ing the heavy Tidings — shall [illegible][guess: g] ^act^ according to the  Doctor's Directions with reſpect to his going —  Mundius had about a month's Journey hither —  remains low — tho' some better — it is not likely he  will be able to return with me — Suſannah is  now at the Fort — dreſ'd in her Indian Dreſs thro'  out — how affairs may turn — shall haſten to  inform the Doctor perſonally as soon as may be —
By the great Goodneſs of God am in a  better state of health than my fears have sug­  geſted since Mr Kinne left us — That undeſerved  conſcern, Love & Kindneſs the Doctor is so conſtantly  exerciſing towards ^me^ — is almoſt, too much for one to   
receive — would imbrace this Opportuni  ­ty to acknowledge the favour of two Letters  from the Doctor — one by Thomas — the other  by the Rev.d Mr Johnson for which pleaſe  to accept many thanks — —  Hopeing for the continuance of an Intereſt  in the Doctor's Prayers — am, with all Duty  and Humility,   
Rev,d & Hon,d D,r  Your much  obliged and  very humble  Servant   David Avery  The Reverend Doctor Wheelock   
M.r David Avery's  Oct.r 1.st 1768