Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 March


abstractJohnson asks to be discharged.

handwritingHandwriting is small and somewhat meandering, yet it is mostly clear and legible.

paperSmall single sheet appears to be torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyJohnson appears to have written a random note on one verso. This document is possibly a draft or Johnson's copy.

Much Reſpected, and Ever Hondoured, Doctor, 
I have made this attempt once more to Approach thy  Dwellings, and now deſire with all humbleneſs of mind  that [illegible][guess: thy] not Diſpleaſure may not be Riſen againſt  me, altho I have So much Deſerved it. most Hond Sir,  I came up to petition to you my Ever Hond Benefactor,  that as my mind is wholly Bent from here, that thou would  So much Condeſcend as to diſcharge me from Under you  If you pleaſe, which being my great Concern that I might  firſt git you leave to [illegible]tarry at my own home and get my ſelf  in steady way of living. which without your leave I must  be always roaving about, most hond Sir, pleaſe to grant  this my humble pitition, and I do now humbly deſire to  Return you most hearty thanks for your many labours  of Love Shewn to me Since my Infancy and under your  most kind protection. I Acknowledge that they have been  many & great favours Indeed. and I alſo Acknowledge that  my Ingratitude and Unthankfullneſs have Exceeded them.  and now Be pleaſed to forgive what I have done and bury  me in deep forgetfullneſs and Remember me no more,  Seing, I have done so much wickedneſs that I dare not  approach thy preſence, O, be not angry with me for that,  But forgive what you have ſeen arriſe in you   
Ever  Humble petitioner, and wicked ſervant.   Joſeph Johnſon 
To—­  The Ever Hond Doct.r Wheelock.   
the book  the book of the generation of Jeſuſ  chriſt the ſon of david the   
Jos: Johnson  March. 1769 —­