Daniel Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1778 December 7

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doi
10.1349/ddlp.1057

abstractSimon has been keeping school at Stockbridge, but is now uncertain as to whether he will continue there.

handwritingHandwriting is small, yet mostly formal and legible. Letter case, especially with regard to the letter S, is frequently difficult to decipher. When in doubt, the transcriber has used the lower case.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate staining, creasing and wear.

noteworthyOn two recto, “Taussar’s son” could refer to Benjamin Towsey, a Stockbridge Indian student sent to Dartmouth by his father David Towsey.

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

Honour,d and worthy sir,
The duty that I am under to my worthy Patron, lays me under the greateſt obligation to every write every opportunity not only to unfold to you my perſonal Circumſtances, but to enquire after your peace, Health and well-fair, and not only so, but the grand Cauſe that you are engag,d in, my Education being from there, it becomes me to speak high of the College, the generallity of the People Speake well Concerning the College, but here and there one, little teanted or tardy, — I would inform you, sir, that I have kept out my time in keeping school at Stockbridge,
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and after that — I was sent as an Agent to the Boſton Board for the Stockbridge Tribe of Indians, and the Memoral and Petition that I lay,d before the Board was granted, which was for the eſtabliſhment of a school amog among this Tribe, and the Board aply,d to me how and in what manner that I would reſide among the Indians, for a number of years, but finding the depreciation of the Money is such, — the Board thought fit ^to^ defer it my Contract, and it is to be much with M.r sergeant, at Stockbridge, and it is some uncertain whether I shall engage in the buſineſs of the Boſton board, — I don,t know but that I shall take the Engliſh school, — & &, the stockbridge Tribe of Indians are Concern,d about that Boy who lives this Side of the College, Tauſsar,s son, that he may not be diſpoſs,d of in an unlawfull way, and in ^a^ Clendeſtene manne,^r^ and so remain wiſhing the peace and health of your own perſon and family and the proſperity of ^all^ that Conce'rns you
Danl Simons Indian Dec 7. 1778
To — Eleazar Wheelock D.D. Preſident at Dartmouth College
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