Sir William Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 June 19


abstractJohnson writes to say that he is in council with some of the Six Nations regarding an "unhappy affair," and that Deacon Thomas was detained on his way to visit Wheelock.

handwritingHandwriting is informal though mostly clear and legible. The text is dimmed slightly be earlier preservation work.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages appears to be in good condition; however, it has been heavily reinforced, which renders the condition difficult to gauge.

inkBrown ink is dimmed somewhat by earlier preservation work.


noteworthyWhen Johnson refers to the "2 Castles," he is referring to both Canajoharie and Fort Hunter. The words “Ind. Miʃ.” is written in pencil on two verso.

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

 Rev. Sir/ 
As I am now in Councils with a Number  of the Six Nations, and the whole Mohawk Castle  who are met on a very unhappy affair, which  I greatly fear will baffle all my endeavours  for peace, and which the Bearer (who is now on  the Wing) will be able to give you some account of.  I have only time to let you know that Thomas  an Oneida was so far on his way as this to pay  you a Visit, but was prevented proceeding, on  account of the Death of his Uncle, which is to be  in a few days condoled by Me and the [illegible][guess: 2] Mohawk  Castles, so that it would not be proper for him to  be absent by any means. I write this at his desire,  I hope your son may have found benefit by  the Medicine I sent him, nothing would give  me more pleasure than to hear of its having  a good Effect.   
As I am with Sincere regard  Rev. Sir your well-wisher  and very Humble Servant  William Johnson   
P.S my Compliments to Mr.}  Kirkland if with you —} 
The Rev. Mr. Wheelock
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Sir William Johnsons  June 19th 1766