Allyn Mather, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 20


abstractMather writes that he is not content at college.

handwritingHandwriting is small and slanting, yet formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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  Rev. and Honoured Sir/ 
Sensible of the obligations that I am under  of Duty and affection. — I would in a submissive humble  manner address you with a few Lines,— Your kindness  and Paternal care you have exercised towards me, give  me the greatest reason to think that you are always con‐ sulting my good, and happiness, and that it would be exceeding   agreeable to hear from me, every opportunity.  which I would inform you through a kind and indulgent  providence, enjoy a tolerable good state of heath, and should be  able to follow my Studies with ease and delight, if it was  not for those many errands which do almost keep me upon  continual run, for this I have been obliged to study evenings, until   my Eyes have felt the bad affects thereof.  Respecting College affairs, I believe in general are conducted  very wisely, peace and good order seems to prevail.  the president appears to be friendly, and Tutors likewise  Notwithstanding I enjoy not that contentedness of Mind which  I use to do while under your care and instruction, for my  privileges are not so great as they were then, particular  as to divinity, I am as ignorant as when I came from home  if not more so —, the president has set apart Saturday   for that purpose that we may study Divinity, I hope it will  be somewhat better, but I am afraid not, we recite the assem‐ blies shorter catechism.— It is my present thought this is not the place  to qualify a missionary for Indian service, some private School   I should think would be better for that purpose, I have some   reasons to give why, it is , if time would permit it is now  twelve o'clock at Night, I must ask liberty to subscribe  myself. —
Your dutiful Pupil  and most obedient humble servant   Allyn Mather 
To the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock D.D.
Allyn Mathers  November 20. 1767