Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Sarah Simon, 1768 June 27


abstractWheelock informs Simon that if she does not want her son to stay in school until his education is finished and he is ready to teach, she should say so at once so that no more money will be spent on him.

handwritingFormal and legible handwriting is not Wheelock's; the trailer, however, is in Wheelock's hand.

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


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

Mrs. Simon. 
I received your James not to please  myself but at your earnest desire by your Daughter Sarah,  Who told me you had given him to me to bring up and dispose  of as my own Son, and only upon such considerations I took  him, and have kept him to School ever since he has been  with me 'til about three Weeks ago, I hired a Man to take  him and instruct him in Husbandry which I found he was who­ lly ignorant of, and next winter I designed to take him into  the School again, and fit him as fast as I can for a school- master, & when he is fit for it I designed to put him into good  business as I would a Child of my own — These were my Views  and so I understood your proposal by your Daughter — but if I  have not understood you right — if you intend to take him  away from me, or encourage his going away as others have  done after I have been at great expense to educate him;  or when he has half got his Education, I insist upon it that  you let me know it now, before I spend any more Money  to be thrown away upon him, there are hundreds who  would be glad to come into his Room and be at my disposal as  much as my own Children are — — 
Please to send me word what I may depend upon, and if you choose  to have him come back to you, I assure you I dont want to Keep  him, as I never had any view but to his Good and the Good  of the Indians in my taking him at first — — 
you may depend upon it if he tarries with me I shall take the  most effectual Method to learn him Husbandry as well as  to read and write, — please to let Mr. Deake see this and  desire him to write your answer to me — It grieves and   breaks my Heart that while I am wearing my Life out to  do good to the poor Indians, they themselves have no more desire  to help forward the great design of their happiness here  and Eternal Salvation in the World to come, but are so  many of them, and some of them too, those on whom I have  bestowed much Pains and cost pulling the other way and as  fast as they can undoing all I have done. Oh! that God  would show them their misery, and the only way of their Relief. 
Your Daughter Sarah carries herself very well, but I  think it not best she should come home to visit you 'til  the Fall — I wish you prosperity with all my Heart  and am   
your Real Friend  Eleazar Wheelock 
P.S. The Conditions upon which I take all the English  Boys in my School are, that if they leave me before they  have got their Learning, or go into other business  afterwards that pleases them better than the Indian  Service they shall pay me all the expense of their Learn­  ing. and I think the reason is as good with respect  to your Son James 
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Letter to Sarah Simon  at Charlestown June 27.  1768.  Respecting her son James 
To  Mrs. Sarah Simon  at Charlestown