John Shattock, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1770 February 29

Author Shattock, John


ms number770179

abstractShattock thanks Wheelock for applying to Governor Wentworth on behalf of his tribe, the Narragansetts.

handwritingFormal handwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear. There appear to be several pinholes in the center of the central vertical crease.


layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but but the second page is on two recto, not one verso.

Modernized Version Deletions removed; additions added in; modern spelling and capitalization added; unfamiliar abbreviations expanded.

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Honoured Sir
Since God has spared my Life 'til now I have willingly accepted of your kind offer and privilege in your school Since I have experienced so much of your kindness toward me as well as to my Nation I am Thoroughly Convinced of your great Friendship and kindness toward them and that you would Contribute all in your Power if they could be made Happy thereby and more especially to make them Heirs of everlasting salvation I have been greatly concerned for the state of my Nation both for their spiritual and temporal Interest and so Continue which has caused me to Labour under many Sorrows the Narragansett Tribe whereunto I belong are under many Difficult circumstances which is a great hurt to their Religion I am fully persuaded that our — minister and a Number of his People would willingly Change their country for another where they could enjoy their Religion there are many who Condemn our ministers Religion and call it delusion but I would to God that we were all deluded by the same spirit as to their moving to some New Settlement I would not lead them Into anything without their consideration your kindness In writing to the
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Governor of new Hampshire on our behalf has been exceeding great which I shall readily acquaint our Tribe of the Trouble and expense I have been to the Dr. and his Family has been much and their kindness so Great that I can not express my thankfulness and would willingly reward them for their Trouble if it were now in my Power notwithstanding I have an undoubted Confidence of their reward in the World to Come
Sir I am your most humble and Obedient servant John Shattock
To The Rev. Dr. Wheelock Present