David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 13


abstractAvery writes that he is about to open his school with 16 students, and that Wheelock should expect a letter from Aaron Kinne as well.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperSingle medium-sized sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with minor creasing, staining and wear.

inkDark-brown ink bleeds through the paper.

noteworthyThis letter is written to Wheelock on the same day as Aaron Kinne's (manuscript 768363.1); both, presumably, were delivered by Joseph Johnson. It is uncertain to whom Avery refers when he mentions "the Queen" and "the girls," and so they have been left untagged; however, they are possibly Molly Brant -- Brant was William Johnson's consort -- and their children. The paper on which the letter is written appears to have been used for scratch paper as well; random words are written on the address page.

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

  Reverend Dr. 
The School begins today —  have 16 Scholars, mostly small —  how large the number will be, is  uncertain — As soon as Opportunity  presents and am able to judge of the  progress of the Children, shall  give the Doctor a particular Ac­  ­count of the School .... 
Mr. Kinne will see John son at the Flatts, with the Queen  and Girls; and write the Doctor what  he could not here — — — 
I find great Need of some under­ 
standing of physic, the Nature and Power of  Medicines among the Indians — What  I have done, Johnson will be able to  inform the Dr. if he has a mind for  it — Through divine goodness, I am pretty well  for me — humbly desire the favour  and undeserved honor to be esteemed,  Reverend Dr.  your most  dutiful Pupil,  David Avery. 
To the Reverend Dr. Wheelock 
From David Avery  June 13th 1768 
To The Reverend  London  London  Eleazar Wheelock, D. D.  In   New England.  favoured by}  J. Johnson}  L Lord grant  Lord's Day  Lords  day    [illegible]
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