Samuel Ashpo, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1763 August 15


abstractAshpo writes that C.J. Smith has left his mission, and that Onaquaga is in want of missionaries. Ashpo suggests that he will go preach.

handwritingHandwriting is small and heavily slanted, yet mostly clear and legible. Punctuation is often difficult to decipher, but there appear to be inverted semicolons.

paperLarge single sheet is in good conditon. The paper is silked along heavy creases.



noteworthyOn one recto, line four of the body of the letter, it is uncertain to whom Rev. "mar.t" refers, and so he has been left untagged. It is also uncertain to which son of William Johnson Ashpo refers, and so he also has been left untagged.

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

  Rev.  Eleazar Wheelock  Sir   
Agreeable to your desire  I attempt to Write you a few Lines as well as I can  according to the Short Time allowed me: when I come  to Albany, I Saw not Rev. mar.t and I know not What to Write;  from thence I went to Sir William Johnson  and I Saw not him (But His Son) August 13th  I said unto Him What is become Rev. Smith.  for He Was Sent to Preach to Mohawks; and He  said Smith Was here Two or three Days: and  He is gone home about three Weeks ago  because We hear Enemies is coming: but there was  nothing in it. For all our Mohawks are peace  with us yet; and here I meet mr Gunn He come  from Onaquaga; He said there is no danger  among the Indians at Onaquaga or Janingo  Indians, for they are all good friends and He  said all the missionaries are gone home;  and I believe the Providence of God will open  the Door. that I my Preach the Gospel  to these Indians; but I have Short time  to write; but I am Well through the blessing  of God; And I hope you are the Same 
I am your  Humble Servant  Samuel Ashpo    Rev.  Eleazar Wheelock       
Samuel Ashpo  August 15. 1763.   
To the  Rev.  Eleazar Wheelock  of Lebanon  Connecticut