Sylvanus Ripley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 September 24

Author Ripley, Sylvanus

Date24 September, 1768

ms number768524.2

abstractRipley writes to accept Wheelock’s invitation to write to him to improve his education. Ripley writes in support of the design to Christianize the Indians.

handwritingHandwriting is small, but formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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


noteworthyMarks -- a plus sign and a P -- have been added to the document in a different, probably modern hand. These marks have not been transcribed. The word "Wilkin's" appears on two verso; this is unexplained.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

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Reverend, & Honoured Sir
I (humbly accepting your kind invitation to me viz to improve Evr'y leisure hour in writing to the Dr) now humbly dedicate the following Epistle, which I trust will share largely your correction –– perhaps it would not be disagreeable, should I chuse some subject to treat on; when to write themeleſs, wou[gap: blotted_out][guess: d] be too much like building a castle in the air: I think in it not improper, to turn my thoughts on the important design in veiw –– & first I believe their is a vast many obstacles in the way  which
^[below]To Mr Eleazar Wheelock DD,––^
Which to human appearance seem to be almost insurmountable, & the cause in various respects wears a gloomy aspect; yet the probability of its succeſs is greater; than that I ^myself^ shall Ever ^be^ able to aſsist in the for[illegible][guess: d]warding of it, who) I beleive( will be Rather like a brittle pin, [illegible][guess: which] which tends more to weaken the fabrick; than promote its stability; yet I would wish for the best that ^the^ great design of Christianizing the Pagans might be accomplish'^d^[illegible] [illegible]the great Redeemers Kingdom advanced; God gloryfied: Satans strong holds subverted: & the Benefactors most sanguine expectations answer'd: & may, kind Sir, your indefatigable labours be crown'd with succeſs, & when the grand Mandate Moriatur is utter'd in heaven, then may your Exit be with a composed & Resign'd [illegible][guess: even] spirit; & "Receive an abu^n^ ­dant entrance administred to your" & &
I beg Leave to sub­ ­scribe myself your dutiful Pupil Sils Ripy
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Silvanus Ripleys Sep.r 24. 1768
^Wilkin's^ To— — the Rev'd Eleazar Wheelock DD In Connecticut
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