David Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 May 13

ms-number766313.1

doi
10.1349/ddlp.840

abstractFowler asks Wheelock to deliver an enclosed letter to Hannah Pyamphcouh, whom he wants to marry.

handwritingHandwriting is largely clear and legible.

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

inkBlack-brown.

noteworthyIt is possible that "Pyamphcouh" is Hannah Fowler Garrett's Indian name. It is uncertain to whom Fowler refers when, in the closing salutation, he mentions "Mr. Wheelock" and "Sir Wheelock," and so they have been left untagged. "Sir Wheelock" likely refers to Rodulphus Wheelock.

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

Reverend Sir
I am very sorry I can't write you a Let‐ ter, which can be seen abroad. because Mr. Kirtland is so much hurried to get down: but he can give you a proper Idea of my School and my own Affairs. — I believe I may venture to write my secrets to you as I wont to do. since I have so often seen and felt your tender Cares and Affections. I have wrote a large Let. ter to Hannah Pyamphcouh which will either spur her up or knock her in Head.— I therefore ask a Favour as a Child from kind Father or Benefactor, that this Letter may be sent to the superscribed Place as soon as you get it into your Hands. For I shall be down about the 13 or 14 of June and in very great haste. I must tarry at your House a Week or ten Days the long‐est to shed my Skin. For I am almost naked now. I want all my clothes to be blue and that which is good: The rea‐son why I want this Letter to get down so soon is, that she may have some time to think and dress herself up. and another which is the greatest that I may clear myself from those strong Bonds wherewith I bound myself to her and which could not let me rest Night and Day from the time I left her 'til I returned to her again. what I mean about clearing myself is if she denies. If she wo'n't let her Bones be joined with mine. I shall pick out my Rib from your house.—
Sir. Dont be angry with me for write so bold and foolish. I hope you will not expose me — Give my Kind Regards Mr. Wheelock and Sir Wheelock and to all the Family. accept much Love and Duty, from
your unworthy Pupil David Fowler
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David Fowlers  May 13. 1766
To — The Rev. Mr. Wheelock  New England.
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