Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 December 1

Author Johnson, Joseph

Date1 December, 1766

ms number766651.3

abstractJohnson sends regrets over the tone of his previous letter and the fact that he has not written lately, and relates his plans to train as a schoolmaster.

handwritingHandwriting is somwhat uneven, yet mostly formal, clear and legible. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

paperLarge single sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkBrown ink is lightly faded.

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Rev.d and most Honoured. Sir.
I was quite ashamed when I wrote that miſerable letter, laſt fall: but am more So now, that I have not Acknowledged the kind reception it meet with and the affectionate messages you have sent me in your Letters to M.r Kirtland. I now return moſt hearty thanks for all and aſk forgiveneſs for my neglect and forgitfulneſs and hope that I Shall not be guilty of the like here==after. I Should have entered the School today had not my misfortune been to cut my hand this morn=ing, but I expect to enter the morrow with David. It is thought fit by M.r Kirtland, that I tarry here the winter to git knowledge of Davids Art in teaching the Natives and to know how to keep a School in every Article. and the next spring to have a School by my-ſelf at Old Onida, which I Should have had this winter had not one of the principle-men been Sick. I Endeavour to exert my-outmoſt this winter. & I would hope, that you might poſsible hear Something that will be Encourageing from me, by Mr Kirtland next Spring. I enjoy Uſual health, Except my miſfortune this morning.
I hope, and shall be Glad to hear that you enjoy — health amidſt your Numberleſs fatigues.
That God may garant you an ample reward in the upper world, for all your Labours of Love towards the poor Indians. and me in perticular is the hearty wiſh of.
Revd Sir. your moſt Obedient though unworthy Servent Poor good for nothing Indian Joſeph Johnſon
PS. I would beg leave to preſent humble duty to Madam, & reſpects to your worthy family. with love to the School.
Jos: Johnson Dece.r 6. 1766