Aaron Kinne, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 December 1



abstractKinne reports from his travels to scout new Indian students and locations for missions and schools.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with moderate-to-heavy staining, creasing and wear that renders the paper somewhat fragile.


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Rev. and Honoured Sir
The Favours and Benefits I have, in the course of a wise Providence, received from your Fatherly Care and kindness, lay me under inviolable Obligations, notwithstanding the distance of my Station, to exert myself, as far as is consistant with my Character, for the Peace and Prosperity of yourself and Family; and to make such inquiry {agreeable to your Desire} and use such means as are necessary for obtaining such Knowledge as is requisite; for the Promotion of that glorious undertaking, in Prosecution of which you have been so remarkably successful.
Since I have been in these Parts, have gained what Intelligence I conveniently could concerning the Matter you proposed, and find, as to the Indians, there are several Tribes, as Norridgewocks not a large Tribe, about Eighty Miles Northward from this Place.— Penobscots to the eastward about 160 Miles, judged they can raise about 200 fighting Men.— St. John's Tribe Eastward still, numerous. Canadians etc. But the Indians, through Means of the Devil's Minister the Pope, his Servants the Friars, and his Subjects the French are strongly at‐tached to the Papist's Religion.
As to Conveniences, it is thought a small Township on this River of about 5 or 6 Miles may be had for ask‐ing for, of a Number of Men called, The Plymouth Company, where may be had convenient Places for Buil=ding, excellent Land, and Choice Timber.
water‐carriage from here almost over North America. Except a Carrying Place of about 30 Miles may go by water to Quebec, and so in the River St. Lawrence to the Lakes, and scatter among all the Western Tribes, even the Six Nations etc. And to the Penobscots, St. Johns, and among the Numerous Indians at Nova Scotia.— The Country and Climate very Healthy.
As to Inhabitants, they are a Religious, sober well-disposed sort of People, Peculiar Friends to you and your important Design, more so than any that ever I saw, They speak of your person with ardour of affection, and your Design, with applause—
I have now given you what Intimations I could obtain, I hope against the next opportunity to give you a more particular Account —
Through Gods goodness, had a prosperous Journey, met with a kind Reception, and enjoy a comfortable state of Health.
No more at present but remain
Rev. Sir
your most obedient and very humble Servant Aaron Kinne
P.S. My dutiful Respects to Madam, sincere Regard Sir Wheelock, Family, School etc. and please to forward the Letter to My Parents to Lt. Breeds Norwich Landing etc.  Yours as before  A. Kinne
To the Rev. Mr. Wheelock. —
Letter from Mr. Aaron Kinne at Georgetown. December 1st 1766.
To the Reverend Mr. Eleazar Wheelock In Connecticut
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