Jonathan Murdock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 February 26

Author Murdock, Jonathan

Date26 February, 1767

ms number767176.1

abstractMurdock lists the various reasons why he cannot undertake a mission.

handwritingFormal handwriting is somewhat uneven, yet clear and legible. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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

inkBrown ink is lightly faded.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two recto, not one verso.

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Reverend Sir. —
I have recieved your Letter dated the ultimo. and now improve the first Opportun^i^ty I have had to return you my sincere Thanks for the kind & honorable Proposal you have made me and for the Love and Regard you have expreſs'd for me. — But at Present Sir, there are several Obstacles against my undertaking the Office of a Miſsionary amoung the Natives of America: tho' it is true I once entertained Thoughts of it and propos'd it to my Friends but they were utterly averse to it; and I have no Doubt but they still remain ſo. — But were my Friends willing I could not at Present look on myself, who
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Am an unexperienc'd Youth, fit or quali[illegible]fy'd to undertake ſuch a great and important Work, which, as I must think, requires a Man of Years, Knowledge & Experience. — But if the Objections I have menti=on'd were remov'd, my present ill State of Health would by no Means allow of my undertaking the Work of a Miſ=sionary, which requires ſo much Strength of Body as well as of Mind. For these Reasons, Sir, I must at Pre=ſent lay aside all Thoughts of under‐taking the great Work you have pro=pos'd to me. — But that [guess: you] God may bleſs & prosper your great & noble Designs & Endeavours of gospelizing the Indian Natives, is the hearty Desire & Prayer of Rev.nd Sir,
your sincere Friend & Humble Servant — Jonathan Murdock New H. Feeb. 26. AD 1767
From Jonathan Murdock Feby 26. 1767
To The Rev.nd Eleazar Wheelock at Lebanon