Jacob Fowler, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 November 28



abstractFowler writes regarding the good state of his mission at Canajoharie.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, clear and legible. For the first few lines, it appears that Fowler may have drawn lines to guide his writing.

paperSmall sheet is in good condition, with light creasing, staining and wear.


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

Rev. and Honoured Sir,
I kindly embrace this Opportunity to write these few Lines wishing they might find you well and hearty Sir as you was the last Time I saw you Sir; I hope you and all your Family are well. as for my Part I am well and hearty at present and have been so ever since I left home; I like it very well to live here, I have found it much better than I expected, ay, and not only better than I expected, but much better than I deserve; I am well Contented to live here amongst these Indians in this Place, and they are very kind to me. Though they are Drunk half their Time, they have not made any Attempts to hurt me. My Scholars are all well, and learn well, and some of them learn[illegible][guess: s] very fast. we have got the Indi­ ans so that we can sing good many Tunes with all three Parts.
Please to give my Due respects to Madam Wheelock And my Duty to Sir. Wheelock. And my Love to all your Family Sir if you please.. and my Love to all the School; — I have nothing more at present, only, to add
'Tis from Your most Humble Obedient. though Unworthy pupil Jacob Fowler.
To the Rev. Mr. Eleazar Wheelock.— Letter from Jacob Fowler November 28. 1766.