Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 March


abstractJohnson asks to be discharged.

handwritingHandwriting is small and somewhat meandering, yet it is mostly clear and legible.

paperSmall single sheet appears to be torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyJohnson appears to have written a random note on one verso. This document is possibly a draft or Johnson's copy.

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

Much Respected, and Ever Honoured, Doctor, 
I have made this attempt once more to Approach thy  Dwellings, and now desire with all humbleness of mind  that [illegible][guess: thy] not displeasure may not be risen against  me, although I have So much deserved it. most Honoured Sir,  I came up to petition to you my Ever Honoured Benefactor,  that as my mind is wholly Bent from here, that thou would  So much condescend as to discharge me from Under you  If you please, which being my great Concern that I might  first get you leave to tarry at my own home and get myself  in steady way of living. which without your leave I must  be always roving about, most honoured Sir, please to grant  this my humble petition, and I do now humbly desire to  Return you most hearty thanks for your many labours  of Love shown to me Since my Infancy and under your  most kind protection. I Acknowledge that they have been  many and great favours Indeed. and I also Acknowledge that  my Ingratitude and unthankfulness have Exceeded them.  and now Be pleased to forgive what I have done and bury  me in deep forgetfulness and Remember me no more,  seeing, I have done so much wickedness that I dare not  approach thy presence, O, be not angry with me for that,  But forgive what you have seen arise in you   
Ever  Humble petitioner, and wicked Servant.   Joseph Johnson 
To—­  The Ever Honoured Dr. Wheelock.   
  the book of the generation of Jesus  Christ the son of david the   
Joseph Johnson  March. 1769 —­