Abraham Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1775 August 13

ms-number775463

doi
10.1349/ddlp.800

abstractSimon writes to Wheelock expressing his gratitude and telling of his experiences as a soldier working in a field hospital in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded into four pages is in poor condition, with heavy yellowing, creasing and wear that occasionally obscures text. Aging repair work is discolored and somewhat obscures text.

inkBlack ink is heavily faded in spots.

noteworthyAn editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note "Abm Simons Indian" to one verso, and “Indian Soldier at Roxbury Ms” to two verso.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page of the letter is on two recto, not one verso.

Rev.d Sir
as I have had and often been favoured with your kindneſses and good conduct towards me I think I should not Pay you the Gratitude that I owe you if I did not mention it in my writing Tho I do not think that ever I shall be able to Pay you or make returns for them  Sir I can aſſure you all tho I did not mention them I have had them Still in my Mind [illegible][guess: as] and as I have had some Diſſopointments in the word and am some thing Poor all that I can do is to not forget them but remember them and hope and wiſh for your We^a^lth and Proſſperity and I think ^I^ do as far as I know my ſelf both to you and your Family I want to come and ſee you all but I cannot tell at Preſent when I can ſo I muſt haſten and give my account where I have Lived since since Since
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Since I left Dartmouth I was Round about Laſt Summer and Did not get much untell Fowler went to Dartmouth and then I took the School which h[gap: tear][guess: e] left and kept it till sometime ^[gap: tear]^ April and then I ſent Down for my Money and I could not get it from the Boſton Board ſo I was oblige to brak[gap: tear][guess: e] [gap: tear]up School upon the Account the Indians wanted me to keep Longer but I thought it would not do Then theſe Liſting [gap: tear][guess: or]ders came out and I was ſo Foolliſh as to Inliſt myſelf in the Service and am now att Roxbury in one of the Hoſpital Taking Care of the Sick and very bad [gap: tear] but th[gap: tear][guess: ey] ſeem to Chuſe me I nothing strange ^[illegible]^ [illegible]ite only now and then we have had the Bullits and Bums flying over our Heads and the Small Pox got amongſt us sometime ago
I am your unworthy Serv.t Abraham Simon
From Mr Abraham Simons Aug 13. 1775
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