David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 23


abstractAvery writes that the sister of Deacon Thomas has died, and that the Oneidas have agreed to keep at least 21 children at his school.

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

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBlack-brown ink is lightly faded.

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

Rev. and Honoured Doctor, 
Thomas has been waiting to know  the will of the Lord respecting his sister,  who is now removed by death —  Was with her in sickness and death — and now  she is gone, has left the most comfortable  Evidence behind — that she has gone to  be with Jesus, and her resurrection will  be glorious —
My School has not been so  large as could wish — And this week  proposed it to the consideration of the  Great Men — told them I wanted to know  how great a number they intend should  be my steady, constant Scholars —  Also, informed them of my design to 
catechise my Scholars once every week; and  should be glad the Young people would at‐ ‐tend — They have established the Number  21 to come constantly to School, as soon  as they all get home from abroad. . .  Some of the Children learn pretty well, and  some are dull enough — It hurts me very  much that they can't understand what they  read — Please to accept of much Duty from,
Rev. and Honoured Dr.  Your most  obedient,  David Avery    Reverend Dr. Wheelock. 
From David Avery  June 23.d 1768 
To the Reverend  Eleazar Wheelock D. D.    Connecticut    By Thomas}
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