Mary Secutor, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 November 16


abstractSecutor writes to Wheelock for direction about her promise to marry Hezekiah Calvin, which she is reconsidering.

handwritingHandwriting is uneven, yet formal and mostly legible. On one verso, Wheelock's hand is informal and difficult to decipher. The trailer is in a third, unknown hand.

paperSingle small sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBrown inks vary in intensity.

noteworthyOn one verso, an addition in Wheelock's hand is possibly notes for a sermon. Within these notes, it is uncertain as to what is Wheelock's intention regarding the word "Souce," and so it has been left unmodified in the modernized transcription.

Rev.d & Hon-ned Sir 
I am in a Stand what  to do about my Promes I have made to H.  Calvin I, ^think^ it best not to M[illegible][guess: ary] Marry him  I think he has [illegible]no regards for me more  then he has any giral. So I en[illegible]tend to live  Single. I have had more Regards for Calvin  then ever I had for anny In[illegible]dian in my [guess: fife]  I have minded him for enough I think,  (tho I have the Same love as ever I had,) not  to Cuple before he has. Sir far Mar–ge we  agreed nothing to part us but death, now  I know not what to do if we Should have  one another [illegible]he will always think that I  Like hem not, So I will Say nothing to him  untell I hear from you Sir I hope yo will  ^[left][illegible]^ if it is my tell me what is my duty to do  & I will do it. my [illegible] Parents are a mind I shou^ld^  have Calvin I love him well enough but what to
do I know not but I hope I Shall be  Derected to do what is rite, So I will Commit 
So Remain your  Obedient Servnt  Mary Secuter 
[left]Mary Secuter  Nov,r 16. 1768. 
T the Revent Docetor Wheelock  att Lebanon   
[below]D.1. how ever great y.e [illegible][guess: [Senſ] Souce of want ^his Neceſsities^ may be, and however  abund.t and Earneſt his Endrs for leif may be he dos nothg out of  Obed.c to God, & Nil y.t G. commands him to do before Faith.  D.2. y.e Promiſes of G. are as much to ye Serv,t as ^ya^ can be. and as  Sure as he harkens to and obeys ye comds of G. So Surely he will  ha' ye releif promiſed =