Levi Frisbie, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 December

Author Frisbie, Levi


ms number769690

abstractFrisbie requests to be allowed to leave his mission and return to college.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperSingle medium-sized sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.

inkDark-brown ink is lightly faded in spots.

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Rev'd & Hon'd Doctor//
Last Spring when it was propoſd to me to go on a Tour into the Indian Country, I was of Opinion it would be very detrimental to my collegiate Studies, (which Opinion Experience hath verefied ) — but as I was well perswaded that the Doctr always conſulted the beſt Good of the Deſign in general, and the good of each individual Member of the School as far as might be conſistant with that, I made no Objection to the propoſal of going and tarrying in the wilderneſs five or six Months, not doubting but a compli‐ance with the Doctrs's good Pleaſure in promoting the grand De‐ign, and the advantag [illegible][guess: es] I might be to the Indians, and gain from them by a Knoledge of their Language & Customs, would in some meaſure compenſate for the Neglect of other neceſsary Acquirments— And now thro' the Goodneſs of God I have re‐turnd & find that it is concluded that Wheelock & Ripley should tarry here this winter — but as they were at College laſt Summer when I was abſent, & the Friendship & Society of my Claſs Mates are very agreeable, and the Advantages at College are perhaps
^[bottom]To Doctor Wheelock^
[left]L Friſbie's Requeſt to go to College Dec.r 1769.
equal to thoſe of the School, and I humbly imagine all things conſiderd the Expences not vaſtly greater, I deſire (with submiſsion to the Doctors superior Judgment) that he would so far gratify my Inclination as to send me to College this Winter — I under‐stand tis the deſire of the Preſident that I should be there, & I trust the Doctor will not deny my Request, tho' he may think I shall miſs of some advantages here — when he conſiders there are poſsibly some others there which under my preſent Circumstances may be as beneficial — If I stay here I shall have no time to apply myself to the study of Indian, I have spent so much in it already — but I need say no more I doubt not but the Doctors Generous G & Benevolent dispoſition will excite him to grant my Request, if he can see it any way conſistant with my own Good and the Good & Honour of the School — I deſire the Docr to give me an Anſwer as soon as poſsible — and let what will be the iſsue I deſire ^as far as I can^ to reſt contentedly
Revd & Hond Doctor your moſt devoted Pupil & very humble Servt Levi Frisbie