David Avery, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 June 26


abstractAvery writes from Yale about the conversion of fellow students. He adds a postscript regarding Wheelock's son John.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperSingle large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. The seal is intact.


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    Reverend Doctor, 
In my last informed the Doctor  of one of Perrey's Brother's being hope ­fully brought into Light of late — and  also that Perrey himself (a member  of College) was under serious impres sions — His convictions increased — was  brought very clearly to see his State —  the work of humiliation appeared to  be quite genuine etc. and this Monday  Night will be week since he was hope ­fully converted — He has had several  turns of darkness as well as Light  — and appears to have built sure on  the Rock of Ages — manifests a  sweet, humble, Christ­like disposition.  What Joy, Rev. Doctor, an account so  well grounded, will afford You — I can
pretty easily imagine — There are a few  who appear to be thoughtful and a little  concerned — God's Children seem to renew  their Strength — and we cant hope but God  is on his way to visit this Society! "Oh! that  God would Rend the Heavens and come down"!  we desire the Saints in Lebanon to help  by their strong, united and fervent prayers  to the Father of Mercy for a Shower of  Divine Grace — Oh! that God had set a  Timothy at the head of this School of  the Prophets!
I hope Dr. Gale's prescriptions are well  suited to my disorder— please to accept  much Duty and filial respect from,
   Reverend Doctor,   Yours most   dutifully    David Avery  Rev. Dr. Wheelock
P. S. 27.— Rev. Dr. your Son has applied five  times to the Authority to get Liberty to  board out of Commons— but can not ob­ tain it, though the affair is not finally  determined — "The established Laws and Decrees  of the Corporation can't be dispensed with."  If Jonne can not board out he will write  the Doctor soon to desire he would write  Mr. Baldwin— He would be sorry if the  Doctor should draw from this postscript  that he is sick— he is a well as com­ mon — and sends Duty with your's [gap: blotted_out][guess: and]c   David Avery
From David Avery  June 26. 1769 
To The Reverend  Eleazar Wheelock D. D.  Lebanon