Jonathan Murdock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 26


abstractMurdock lists the various reasons why he cannot undertake a mission.

handwritingFormal handwriting is somewhat uneven, yet clear and legible. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

inkBrown ink is lightly faded.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two recto, not one verso.

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

Reverend Sir. — 
I have received your  Letter dated the 17th ultimo. and now  improve the first Opportunity I have  had to return you my sincere Thanks  for the kind and honorable Proposal you  have made me and for the Love and  Regard you have expressed for me. —  But at Present Sir, there are several  Obstacles against my undertaking the  Office of a Missionary among the  Natives of America: though it is true I  once entertained Thoughts of it and  proposed it to my Friends but they  were utterly averse to it; and I have  no Doubt but they still remain so. —  But were my Friends willing I could  not at Present look on myself, who   
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Am an inexperienced Youth, fit or  qualified to undertake such a great  and important Work, which, as I  must think, requires a Man of Years,  Knowledge and Experience. —  But if the Objections I have menti‐ oned were removed, my present ill State  of Health would by no Means allow  of my undertaking the Work of a Mis‐ sionary, which requires so much  Strength of Body as well as of Mind.  For these Reasons, Sir, I must at   pre‐ sent lay aside all Thoughts of under‐ taking the great Work you have pro‐ posed to me. — But that God may  bless and prosper your great and noble  Designs and Endeavours of gospelizing  the Indian Natives, is the hearty Desire and  Prayer of Rev. Sir,   
your sincere Friend and Humble  Servant — Jonathan Murdock  New Haven February 26. AD 1767 
From Jonathan Murdock  February 26. 1767   
To  The Rev.   Eleazar Wheelock  at  Lebanon