Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Brainerd, 1761 November 6


abstractWheelock updates Brainerd on the progress of various Indian students at the school.

handwritingHandwriting is informal and occasionally difficult to decipher.

paperLarge single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear that leads to a minor loss of text. There is preservation work along particularly heavy creases.


noteworthyThis document appears to be a draft. On one recto, in the first paragraph, an unknown editor, possibly 19th-century, has added the note "Woolley" in pencil above the word "Joseph." This edit has not been transcribed.

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  Rev. and Dear Brother 
Upon my return from Boston about 4  weeks ago I met yours, with Miriam at My House. I am well  pleased with the Girl, she is in good Health, and well  contented, she has a kind mistress who says She learns  well so far as she has had Opportunity to see and know  Amy the other Indian Girl 13. years old who is Mated with Miriam  and boards about [illegible][guess: 20] Rods from her (So that they Lodge together)  has made surprising proficiency in learning since she  came last Spring. She then scarcely knew her Letters.  (and indeed is more backward in reading than in other  parts of her Learning) will now write considerably well  She kept House for her mistress while she was gone on a visit  near a fortnight and did it well, understands tending a dairy, and has  lately [illegible] her a Pocket . etc. You may  tell the Parents of Miriam there shall nothing be wanting  for her within my Power. Joseph is well fitted for College  and I have this Year entered several not better fitted  than Hezekiah. I designed they should have made  a visit to their Friends this fall and the week for their  going was appointed but for several reasons I have  made them willing to defer it 'til spring. it had  got to be something late in the fall and no opportunity  of a passage by water presented. etc. but principally  been that Hezekiah after I discouraged  with him has been under Convictions for several Months and is so still  which has made a surprising Change in him, and I  feared that so long a diversion would prove unfriendly to it.
Joseph and Hezekiah have now the best Opportunity to learn  the Mohawk Language of these Mohawk Boys I have   moved them to. it. I hope, as it is to be learnt without  Book it wont greatly hinder their other studies.  I have sent my poor weakly Son Rodulphus to your  College [illegible][guess: Ho]ping that he may profit something by living [gap: worn_edge][guess: there]  and I with Hopes that the Honourable Commissioners will take  Joseph as they Did Jacob under their Patronage and  still continue him with me and let my son have his  support. the weight upon me is great, and I dont well  know how to get along without Such an advantage.  will you think favourably of it Dear Sir and use your interest  in my Favour?
as to the other Girl I’ll Expect her as soon as you  can send her.  I want an opportunity to say a 1000 things to you. 
Brother Pomeroy or My Son when you see him can give you a particular account  of the School and Some New and encouraging prospects. 
Letter to Mr. Brainerd  November 6. 1761.  Miriam Come.