Sarah Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 October 12



abstractSimon writes that she is glad her daughter Sarah has succeeded at Wheelock’s school, and hopes her young son does as well. She also offers to send another daughter and another son.

handwritingHandwriting varies in size and wanders somewhat. However, it is largely legible. When the handwriting is compared with that of manuscript 767559, which is signed Sarah Simon but appears to have been written by Edward Deake, it seems probable that this is Simon's actual hand.

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

inkBrown ink is heavily faded.

noteworthyThere is a pencil mark near the the trailer on one verso. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

Reverend Mr. Wheelock
These few Lines are to let you know that I am well at present — and I hope these will find you in the same condition
I underStand that my daughter gives Mr. Wheelock great satisfaction for which I am Glad and greatly rejoice and the Lord Reward you for your pains and labor – for I Never Shall be able to Reward you for it for I Cannot be thankful enough for these privileges —
I have Sent my little Son up to you take him to your Self and keep him in subjection keep him as Long as you please until you think that he Shall be capable of business and if you want a girl I have one about fourteen years of age 3d day of next month I Should be Glad if you would take her upon the Same ConSideration and if you conclude to [illegible][guess: keep ] her I Should take it as a great favor if you would Send me word as Soon as you Can
My Son Manuel desire to be received Into your Charity School for the design he has for learning is because he believes that he is called to be a public man So he thinks learning to be necessary — and So no more at present — Give my most humble regards to all your family
and So I Remain your humble servant Sarah Simon [gap: tear]
From Sarah Simon October 12th 1767
To the Rev. Mr. Wheelock IN Lebanon Crank