Ebenezer Gurley, confession, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 February 3



abstractGurley confesses that he tried to leave the school for Yale.

handwritingInformal handwriting is somewhat uneven, though mostly clear and legible. It is possibly not Gurley's.

paperSmall single sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkThe body of the document is written in dark-brown ink. The signature is in black ink.

noteworthyWhen Gurley mentions "the school," it is uncertain whether he is referring to Moor's Indian Charity School or Dartmouth College, and so these mentions have been left untagged. It is possible that the confession is a copy, and was written by an unknown person, and signed by Gurley.

I Ebenezar Gurly acknowledge that I was admit‐ ‐ted a member of this scholl, upon my declaring my fixed purpoſe to devote my life, & all my pow‐‐ers to the service of ye redeemer among the Indi‐‐an savages of this land, & upon the credit of this profeſsion I was taken under the patronage of ye Revd: Doclor Wheelock, & have been supported, till now, in part, by the fund which was collected with a single view to spread the Gospel among ye Hea‐‐then, and my obligations to maintain thoſe pur‐‐poses, & keep that object in view have ever been most sacred, and accordingly I acknowledge yt I was, & am— still under[illegible] y.e direction & controul of Doctor Wheelock my Patron. & he & no other has right to order & dis‐‐poſe of ^me^ & direct my studies subservient to yt end, Notwithstanding ^which^ I confeſs with shame I gave ear to some surmiſes, which were reported without reason, or truth, concerning this school viz; that it was de‐‐clining & would quickly come to nothing &c. and was influenced by bad council given agreeably [illegible][guess: thereto viz] [illegible] whereupon instead of opening the caſe, & asking advice of my Patron as I ought to have done, I desired Brown a member of College to obtain a waiters birth for me ^there,^ which I —
I understand, he faithfully, & in a friendly man‐‐ner apply'd for, by which application of mine Presid Daggett had reason to think, yt I was not a sub‐‐ject of [illegible]this Charity, nor under such sacred ties, as I am holden by to pursue the design afors^d^ & consequently gave just reason to think yt [illegible] Dr Wheelock had acted a very false, & deceitful part, in procuring the favour of a discharge from paying^the expence of my^ tuition, while I was ab‐ ‐sent from College, I also impos'd on ye Rev:d Pres:d Daggeth, by sending such a meſsage to him when I had no right to do it. I acknowledge in this matter I have ^inadvertantly^ acted a very foolish, headlong, unadvized & sinful part, for which I heartily ask forgiveneſs of God, and of the Rev;d Doctor Wheelock whom I have ungratefully, & abusively treated, in this matter, and I also ask forgiveneſs of the Rev,d Presd Daggett whom I have shamefully impos'd upon & also of the school, & all who have been knowing to this my foolish & unadviſed conduct, & I promiſe by divine grace to keep my place, and act agreeable to the sacred ties I am under, fixedly to pursue thie great end of my edu‐cation. If I may be allow,d to continue a member of this school—
Lebanon Feb'r 3.d 1770