William Leete Stone, letter, to the President of Dartmouth College, 1866 December 12

Author Stone, William Leete

Date12 December, 1866

ms number866662

abstractStone encloses a letter from “the first Indian student (or scholar)” at Dartmouth.

handwritingHandwriting is loose, informal and not highly legible; transcriber has transcribed words as they appear rather than attempting to decipher each individual letter.

paperSquare sheet of white paper is folded vertically and is in good condition.


noteworthyIt is undetermined to which letter, or to which Indian student, the author is referring. This appears to be the same hand, or at least is very similar to, the one that has made many non-contemporary notations on Occom-project manuscripts. The word Ms with a circle around it is at the top in a different hand and ink. Trailer is in different hand from letter and may be same hand as “Ms” note at top.

signatureThe signature is abbreviated.

layoutPage one of the letter is on one recto, but one verso contains page three of the letter, which is written in landscape orientation. Page two of the letter is on two recto, and two verso contains the trailer, which is upside-down.

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Dear Sir/
The enclosed letter which I find among my manuscripts, I would, through yourself, present to Dartmouth College. It is a letter from the first Indian Scholar (or Student) that, I believe, entered your College. You will find a reference to it in my father's Life of Brant. The Life of Sir W.m Johnson,
also, as you doubtless are aware, contains a full account of Dr Wheelock's efforts & the history in full, from original papers, of the causes which made Lord Dartmouth give the land to the College. It was entirely through Johnson — & the entire correspondence is there given. This Letter has no value to me, beyond an antiquarian
one; & as it should be with you I cheerfully send it.
Rspt Yours M.r L. Stone To The President of Dartmouth College Please acknowledge receipt
W. L. Stone 1866