Phineas Dodge, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 3



abstractDodge writes regarding his trip to Oneida country, the danger from small pox, and a meeting with Sir William Johnson.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear.

paperWide sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, yellowing and wear.


signatureDodge spells his name “Phinehas" rather than "Phineas."

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

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

Rev. and Honoured Dr.    
Through the goodness of God we arrived  safe at this place last Saturday was a week Joyfully received   and most kindly welcomed by the Rev. and very dear we passed the smallpox with little danger by  going round city it was at every house from  thence to but through a kind providence the  wind favoured our passing at every place where the  infection was, 'til we came to where appeared the   greatest danger as the smoke of the chimneys drove down  to the ground I apprehended it not prudent to pass through   the town enquired at the first house for some by way  to pass the town was told we might likely cross 3 miles  up the River, not without some difficulty, was for  venturing through but while I was considering what to do I could   not but observe a fresh breeze that carried all the smoke direct­ -ly from this new way similar to what we had before experienced   which plainly intimated that providence pointed that way.  Which we pursued without much trouble. From this insta nce I could not but reflect upon the goodness and wisdom of  an allwise and sovereign God in preserving and delivering his  creatures though ever so evil and unthankful. May I be   enabled to eye Gods holy hand in all his works both of providence and grace  
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blessed be God I have my health better then for many  years past. we have had a very disagreeable visit from  some of those poor wretches as will inform   you in his. which instance I hope has been made a blessing  to me. I am very well contented at present, am not in the   least discouraged, only want an honest heart to improve  my distinguished privileges. the late rupture occasioned by some  of Satan's emissaries seems to have a very good effect upon  others which affords an encouraging prospect that though the  devil or strong man armed is loth to give up the castle  yet I hope a stronger then he will ever long enter in  and spoil his goods and become master and governour.  I lodged at on my journey he sends all  respect to the Dr. , kept Sabbath at  went to hear who sends all due  respects to you. desires all that belong to your family  or to make his house their home when ever they   pass this way, as did also. I waited on agreeable to your orders was there 4 or 5 hours before  I could see him, he said but little, speaking of your Doctor ship said, he thoughts it was a very rare instance for a  dissenter to have that Honour conferred on them.  went that night to lodged there he would  not let me go away. could not go to the  riding was so bad — That the Lord may crown your labours  with Honour and success is the humble prayer of him, who begs  leave to subscribe him self,   
Rev. Dr.,  your most obedient [illegible][guess: humble ] servant    
From   3 November 1767.   
To  The Rev. DD.