Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 March

Author Johnson, Joseph


ms number769240.2

abstractJohnson asks to be discharged.

handwritingHandwriting is small and somewhat meandering, yet it is mostly clear and legible.

paperSmall single sheet appears to be torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.


noteworthyJohnson appears to have written a random note on one verso. This document is possibly a draft or Johnson's copy.

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Much Reſpected, and Ever Hondoured, Doctor,
I have made this attempt once more to Approach thy Dwellings, and now deſire with all humbleneſs of mind that [illegible][guess: thy] not Diſpleaſure may not be Riſen againſt me, altho I have So much Deſerved it. most Hond Sir, I came up to petition to you my Ever Hond Benefactor, that as my mind is wholly Bent from here, that thou would So much Condeſcend as to diſcharge me from Under you If you pleaſe, which being my great Concern that I might firſt git you leave to [illegible]tarry at my own home and get my ſelf in steady way of living. which without your leave I must be always roaving about, most hond Sir, pleaſe to grant this my humble pitition, and I do now humbly deſire to Return you most hearty thanks for your many labours of Love Shewn to me Since my Infancy and under your most kind protection. I Acknowledge that they have been many & great favours Indeed. and I alſo Acknowledge that my Ingratitude and Unthankfullneſs have Exceeded them. and now Be pleaſed to forgive what I have done and bury me in deep forgetfullneſs and Remember me no more, Seing, I have done so much wickedneſs that I dare not approach thy preſence, O, be not angry with me for that, But forgive what you have ſeen arriſe in you
Ever Humble petitioner, and wicked ſervant. Joſeph Johnſon
To—­ The Ever Hond Doct.r Wheelock.
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Jos: Johnson March. 1769 —­