Levi Frisbie, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 December


abstractFrisbie requests to be allowed to leave his mission and return to college.

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  Rev. and Honoured Doctor// 
Last Spring when it was proposed  to me to go on a Tour into the Indian Country, I was  of Opinion it would be very detrimental to my collegiate  Studies, (which Opinion Experience has verified ) — but as  I was well persuaded that the Doctor always consulted the best  Good of the design in general, and the good of each individual  Member of the School as far as might be consistent with that,  I made no Objection to the proposal of going and tarrying in  the wilderness five or six Months, not doubting but a compli‐ ance with the Doctor's good pleasure in promoting the grand de‐ sign, and the advantage I might be to the Indians, and gain  from them by a knowledge of their Language and Customs, would  in some measure compensate for the Neglect of other necessary  acquirements— And now through the goodness of God I have re‐ turned and find that it is concluded that Wheelock and Ripley should  tarry here this winter — but as they were at College last Summer  when I was absent, and the Friendship and Society of my classmates  are very agreeable, and the Advantages at College are perhaps 
To Doctor Wheelock 
L Frisbie's request  to go to College  December 1769. 
equal to those of the School, and I humbly imagine all things  considered the expenses not vastly greater, I desire (with submission  to the Doctors superior Judgment) that he would so far gratify  my Inclination as to send me to College this Winter — I under‐ stand it is the desire of the President that I should be there, and  I trust the Doctor will not deny my Request, though he may think  I shall miss of some advantages here — when he considers there  are possibly some others there which under my present Circumstances  may be as beneficial — If I stay here I shall have no time to apply  myself to the study of Indian, I have spent so much in it already —  but I need say no more I doubt not but the Doctors Generous  and Benevolent disposition will excite him to grant my  Request, if he can see it any way consistent with my own  Good and the Good and Honour of the School — I desire the  Doctor to give me an answer as soon as possible — and let what  will be the issue I desire as far as I can to rest contentedly   
Rev. and Honoured Doctor  your most devoted Pupil  and very humble Servant   Levi Frisbie