David McClure, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 11


abstractMcClure writes that he and the other Moor's students are doing well at college.

handwritingHandwriting is formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. A tear near the remnants of the seal results in a small loss of text.

inkBrown ink is heavily faded.

noteworthyThe identity of "Jonne" is uncertain, and so he has been left untagged. However, he is likely John Wheelock.

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

  Reverend and Honoured Sir/ 
By divine goodness, we enjoy  usual Health here; have met with nothing par‐ ticular since Sir Wheelock's Visit. Mr. Johnson  has come down, and lives with one Attis, would he   have lived with Avery and me if the President  had not hindered it, which was on account of  Attis, as he had nobody to live with him —  Mr. Beers has supplied us with a bed (not  the softest) and clothing; we were obliged to run  in debt at Esq. Shirman's for some necessaries;  we endeavour to live as prudent as is decent,  deeply sensible of the importance of spending  the sacred Money with which we are maintained.
Jars and Divisions in College, have strangely sub‐ sided since the last Summer, Unanimity and friend‐ ship seem to be universal among the Students,  The Freshman Class lately met with little 
disturbance from their Superiors the seniors; Frisbie  I hear is as good a Scholar as any of his class, and was  stopped today after Recitation by Mr. Baldwin, who  advised him to study Horace and Homer for the Dean's  Bounty; Mather makes very good way with his class,  they are both very well liked in College; Jonne is loved  almost beyond Measure for his endearing Qualifications  and particularly his Modesty and respect to his Superiors.  Avery and I with our class have just begun Martin's  Grammar we hope to get a little understand[gap: tear][guess: ing of]  Philosophy this Winter — The Students [gap: tear][guess: apply]  themselves most diligently to Study and the Tutors are  indefatigable in their Endeavours to instruct us—  I hope abundantly to answer the End proposed in my  coming to College — for this End I humbly ask the  continuance of the Doctor's Prayers from, and Liberty  to subscribe myself, with Duty to Madam,
The Doctor's, most dutiful and affectionate Pupil  and most humble servant   David McClure
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From David McClure  November 21st 1767
To the Reverend  Doctor Wheelock  Lebanon