David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 October 1


abstractAvery reports on various comings and goings, including the arrival of Jacob Johnson, and notes that numerous Indians are traveling to the congress at Fort Stanwix.

handwritingHandwriting is formal, clear and legible.

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

inkBlack-brown ink is somewhat faded.

noteworthyAvery mentions the arrival of Susannah, the same student for whom Wheelock writes a recommendation in manuscript 768429.1.

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

  Rev. and Honoured Doctor 
The Reverend Mr. Johnson came  to this place 29th last month with the fulness  of the blessings of the Gospel — was cordially  received by the Indians — released their Minds  from some disquietude — occasioned by the  long absence of a minister — he came as  one in seasonSir William and a very large Num­  ber of Gentlemen have been at Fort Stan­  wix about three weeks — the Indians are  come and coming — it is expected they will  all arrive in a week or ten Days — will,  doubtless be the largest congress that ever  was among the Six Nations — design, by di­  vine Leave, to accompany the Rev. Mr. John son over as soon as the Indians go — and  return to New England as soon as the congress  shall be ended — and let the Doctor know the Parti­  culars — and fully the result of the whole — which,  doubtless, will be — determining —   
Have procured four very likely Children for the  SchoolThomas and his Brother arrived safe with  very Exalted Ideas of the School — behave very well.  Not long since Thomas' wife, after about three  week's sickness, left this world — hopefully for  a better — had satisfying Evidence that her  peace was made with God — and that she has  gone to join the assembly of the those that  are made white in the Blood of the Lamb —  Since, Thomas manifests a great desire to  go to New England — the rather soon — because  is afraid his Daughter will be distracted at hear­  ing the heavy Tidings — shall act according to the  Doctor's Directions with respect to his going —  Mundius had about a month's Journey hither —  remains low — though some better — it is not likely he  will be able to return with me — Susannah is  now at the Fort — dressed in her Indian dress through  out — how affairs may turn — shall hasten to  inform the Doctor personally as soon as may be —
By the great goodness of God am in a  better state of health than my fears have sug gested since Mr. Kinne left us — That undeserved  concern, Love and kindness the Doctor is so constantly  exercising towards me — is almost, too much for one to   
receive — would embrace this Opportuni  ­ty to acknowledge the favour of two Letters  from the Doctor — one by Thomas — the other  by the Rev. Mr. Johnson for which please  to accept many thanks — —  Hoping for the continuance of an interest  in the Doctor's Prayers — am, with all Duty  and Humility,   
Rev. and Honoured Doctor  Your much  obliged and  very humble  Servant   David Avery  The Reverend Doctor Wheelock   
Mr. David Avery's  October 1st 1768