Abraham Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1775 August 13

Author Simon, Abraham

Date13 August, 1775

ms number775463

abstractSimon writes to Wheelock expressing his gratitude and telling of his experiences as a soldier working in a field hospital in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

handwritingHandwriting is clear and legible.

paperLarge sheet folded into four pages is in poor condition, with heavy yellowing, creasing and wear that occasionally obscures text. Aging repair work is discolored and somewhat obscures text.

inkBlack ink is heavily faded in spots.

noteworthyAn editor, likely 19th-century, has added the note "Abm Simons Indian" to one verso, and “Indian Soldier at Roxbury Ms” to two verso.

layoutThe first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page of the letter 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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Rev. Sir
as I have had and often been favoured with your kindness and good conduct towards me I think I should not Pay you the Gratitude that I owe you if I did not mention it in my writing though I do not think that ever I shall be able to Pay you or make returns for them  Sir I can assure you although I did not mention them I have had them Still in my Mind and as I have had some disappointments in the world and am some thing Poor all that I can do is to not forget them but remember them and hope and wish for your Wealth and prosperity and I think I do as far as I know myself both to you and your Family I want to come and see you all but I cannot tell at present when I can so I must hasten and give my account where I have Lived Since
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Since I left Dartmouth I was Round about last Summer and Did not get much until Fowler went to Dartmouth and then I took the School which h[gap: tear][guess: e] left and kept it 'til sometime [gap: tear] April and then I sent Down for my Money and I could not get it from the Boston Board so I was oblige to break [gap: tear]up School upon the Account the Indians wanted me to keep Longer but I thought it would not do Then these listing [gap: tear][guess: or]ders came out and I was so foolish as to enlist myself in the Service and am now at Roxbury in one of the hospital Taking Care of the Sick and very bad [gap: tear] but th[gap: tear][guess: ey] seem to choose me I nothing strange [illegible] [illegible]ite only now and then we have had the bullets and bombs flying over our Heads and the Small Pox got amongst us sometime ago
I am your unworthy servant Abraham Simon
From Mr. Abraham Simon August 13. 1775