Levi Frisbie, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 December


abstractFrisbie requests to be allowed to leave his mission and return to college.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperSingle medium-sized sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkDark-brown ink is lightly faded in spots.

  Rev'd & Hon'd Doctor// 
Last Spring when it was propoſd  to me to go on a Tour into the Indian Country, I was  of Opinion it would be very detrimental to my collegiate  Studies, (which Opinion Experience hath verefied ) — but as  I was well perswaded that the Doctr always conſulted the beſt  Good of the Deſign in general, and the good of each individual  Member of the School as far as might be conſistant with that,  I made no Objection to the propoſal of going and tarrying in  the wilderneſs five or six Months, not doubting but a compli‐ ance with the Doctrs's good Pleaſure in promoting the grand De‐ ign, and the advantag [illegible][guess: es] I might be to the Indians, and gain  from them by a Knoledge of their Language & Customs, would  in some meaſure compenſate for the Neglect of other neceſsary  Acquirments— And now thro' the Goodneſs of God I have re‐ turnd & find that it is concluded that Wheelock & Ripley should  tarry here this winter — but as they were at College laſt Summer  when I was abſent, & the Friendship & Society of my Claſs Mates  are very agreeable, and the Advantages at College are perhaps 
^[bottom]To Doctor Wheelock^ 
[left]L Friſbie's Requeſt  to go to College  Dec.r 1769.
equal to thoſe of the School, and I humbly imagine all things  conſiderd the Expences not vaſtly greater, I deſire (with submiſsion  to the Doctors superior Judgment) that he would so far gratify  my Inclination as to send me to College this Winter — I under‐ stand tis the deſire of the Preſident that I should be there, &  I trust the Doctor will not deny my Request, tho' he may think  I shall miſs of some advantages here — when he conſiders there  are poſsibly some others there which under my preſent Circumstances  may be as beneficial — If I stay here I shall have no time to apply  myself to the study of Indian, I have spent so much in it already —  but I need say no more I doubt not but the Doctors Generous  G & Benevolent dispoſition will excite him to grant my  Request, if he can see it any way conſistant with my own  Good and the Good & Honour of the School — I deſire the  Docr to give me an Anſwer as soon as poſsible — and let what  will be the iſsue I deſire ^as far as I can^ to reſt contentedly   
Revd & Hond Doctor  your moſt devoted Pupil  & very humble Servt   Levi Frisbie