Samuel Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1766 October 5

Author Johnson, Samuel

Date5 October, 1766

ms number766556.2

abstractJohnson writes of the poor progress of his mission among the Mohawks, and gives news regarding other Wheelock missionaries in the vicinity.

handwritingHandwriting is small and occasionally difficult to decipher. The trailer is in an unknown hand.

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


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Rev. and Honoured Patron
I know not what to write for I have nothing but what must be disagreeable unless it be that we are all well for the good news which I want to write viz of the conversion of the heathen which is not come to pass here yet and I must say I fear it never will I hope God will affect it in his own Time and it would be my greatest Joy to see that happy Scene begin though Mr. Chamberlain is with unwearied Pains striving to convince them of their errors and the danger of their Neglect he could hardly ever have more than 9 or 10 Indians to hear a Sermon and as to my School it went or very well until Sir William went home and then they the Children dropped off one by one and others would be unsteady so that for some time now I have had not more than 5 or 6 In‐dians Children and 2 or 3 white ones thinking this to be not duty to spend my Time thus I wrote to Mr. Kirtland for advice but have received nothing Mr. Chamberlain thinks that being Jacob has about the same Number it is best to place him here and seeing Hezekiah is left and discouraged it is proposed for me to go to Fort Hunter and try to gather and re[illegible] the School there again I received the kind and indulgent Letter and [illegible] half [illegible] by David though I have had no want yet I have been put to great expenses looking for my horse who was stolen and I have spent a Week after it but find no Signs of it I want to re‐turn to college as soon as I can if they will take me but I ex‐pect to hear from Mr. Wheelock before I set off afoot for New England the Children which I have had seem to learn very well and some surprisingly fast
Rev. Sir, I am with due respect your dutiful pupil Samuel Johnson Rev. Mr. Eleazar Wheelock
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Samuel Johnsons October 6. 1766.
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