Allyn Mather, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 July 4

Author Mather, Allyn

Date4 July, 1767

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abstractMather requests to leave school and stay with his parents while he recovers his health.

handwritingHandwriting is small and wanders somewhat, but it is largely clear and legible.

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


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Rev.d & Hono.ur Sir/
The Paternal care & love you have exerciſed to wards me, incite me to aſk your advice in this affair (viz) whether or no it would not conduce much to my health, & the advantage of ^ye ^ School, to go Home & live with my Parents, whil I have got a better state of health.
The advantages I give of my going home are theſe. — If I tarry here, & continue to be— weakly I ſhall ^not^ anſwer ye deſign I came upon, & therefore you will be diſappointed & the expence you have been at loſt, but if I go Home, future ex‐pence will be pr^e^vented, & Chriſt money saved.— if I tarry I can not ſtudy for advantage, while this weakneſs remains, for I find by applying heard it increaſes, — so upon that account it will be as well for me to be at home a here.— Another thing is, if I continue to be weakly, & tarry here I ſhall be a diſturbance to som of ^the^ Scholars of the School.— As often as they go out to work if I am not with them, they are very snuffy & speak out in som such words as theſe
Mather is a good for nothing ^lazy^ Fellow, & his sickneſs is sent upon him for a Judgment becaus he would not work, an Indian makes no allowance for a sick man, if ^he^ can't do the work of a ſtrong [illegible]harty Man, he is eſteemed good for nothing in there opinion — Revd ſir would it not be better then ^for me^ to go Home, & live with my Parents till I have got better in health — with submition I live it with[illegible] you to do that which you think is beſt — ading no more then this, I am with dutiful reſpect —
Your Dutiful Pupil & Moſt obedient & humble Ser.v Allyn Mather
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From Allyn Marther July 1767
To The Rev.d Mr Wheelock in N. England