Ralph Wheelock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1771 October 11

Author Ralph Wheelock

Date11 October, 1771

ms number771561.1

abstractRalph Wheelock updates his father on his travels and his illness. He mentions his sorrow at Maltby's death and a meeting with Occom.

handwritingHandwriting is very clear and legible, though letter case—especially with regard to the letter S—is occasionally difficult to discern.

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


noteworthyOn one verso, it is uncertain to whom Wheelock refers when he mentions the Colonel, and so he has been left untagged.

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Rev.d and ever Hono.d Father.
Last Fryday ab.t 10 oc I heard y.e h^e^avy and maloncolly News of y.e death of My Dear de=parted Brother Maltby, (tho' it was leſs heavy yn it wo'd have been had I not have had y.t agreeable interview, I was favd wth at my hono.d Uncles at Long Meddow, on my way to Connecticut) in whose Company & Fraternal love I had promiſsed myself much delight & satisfaction; But He is gone, & I believe Sir, gone to his Father, therefore I as I love'd him I cannot wish him back — Little did I think wn we parted, und.r our respective States of Bodey it w.d have been my part to have carried wth me daily y.e Mourners Garbe, but God still governs, & I think, Sir, I still feel a glow of strength & vigour rising from y.e tho't while I write.
I have never yet had an oppertunty to write You wn I have had strength of Bodey, as is y.e case now, viz an oppertunity, tho' I hope for one by White, wre I have been some time; & found y.e Parent & y.e Friend. D.r Huntington shew'd a discouragm.t wn I first apply'd to him for help, however would attempt it a close applicatn of Medicens might be attended to, wh has been my steady care till now — & und.r y.e bleſsing of my divine Lord I find myself gaing, am able to walk wthout fear as far as miſs Gagers &c — yet find my Nervous System much decaed, & spent wn y.e D.r says my Fitts wth all my other disorders have lain from my Infancy, wh he thinks may (after my late distreſs.g Sick=neſs) be help'd, by a change of all — my Fitts are lighter, my mind more my own, & my Nerves stronger
 Stronger, tho' I am but just able to keep abt, & converse wth my Friends. y.e D.r daily longs to see You, Sir, once more before he meets You in Heaven
I found nothg new at Hartford as I came down — All are well at Hebron, w.t M.r Pomeroy thinks of a removal I can't yet learn ,— I lodg'd at y.e Colos one night, M.r Buckminster says he really thinks, things have been wrongly represent ‐ed of y.e Col:o y.t his friendſhip for You Sir & Yos are greater Yn is tho't — I have spent several days in Norwich, bleſsed be God. I find Friends abroad uncommonly kind & affectionate. I spent an after noon wth ^Mr^ Occom, his mind has been filld, & from abroad, tho' I did not see his Letters, wth many th.gs wh to him he calls very hard, & appeard to me to be easy whether he was still connected wth y.e School or not, he means to justifie all his conduct in his treatm.t of You, viz, y.t it has been wth honesty as to a parent & greives y.t Y.r Heart as a Fathers is gone; I attempted to mention some things of his conduct to You but to little purpose, He is, he says, at Y.r Service at all times wn You call for him as for other Miſsarys &c —
Col.o Jabez = I hear, will send a Son to Y.r care, as will Col.o Dyer & Col.o Conant = the Cause has its friends, as well as its enemies in y.e Goverment — I saw M.r Kirtland last week at Esq.r Grays as he calld to see me, vastly kind affectionate & friendly designs to see you on his way home —
I am now at y.e Crank, it is y.e same; & its Inhabitants are y.e same, friends & enemies tho'
tho' I am happy eno'f to keep out of y.ir Jars, M.r Brockaway told me Yesterdy he designd to leave 'em after two Sabbath, an agreeable man, but an ungreatfull pp: —
I meet my Sister Abby y.e 2nd Inst.t on my way from Norwich to Windham she was well & in good Spirits —
Bingham obtains a good Name from y.e Neighbours, but has lived an unhappy life wth M.r Loomiſs in y.e House, tho' I hope now for better doings —
I am setting out for Hartford wth Gurley (who gives Duty) to Visit my friends & keep on y.e move as y.e Doct.r says — I hope by Divine leave to return before winter to You, Sir, & be able to do someth.g to ease Yr burdens.
Please present unfeigned Duty to my hono.d Mother, Love to y.e Brothers & Sister^[below][illegible][guess: s]^ & to all, M.r Woodward I w.d greatfully rememb =er his kindneſs in his Letter, & w.d write but have not strength now —
And Accept much Duty to Yourself hono.d Sir, from
Your [illegible]Dutyfull & Obd.t Son Ralph Wheelock
Lebanon  Oct.r 11. 1771.  Rev.d D.r Wheelock
From M.r Ralph Wheelock  Octb.r 11. 1771