Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to John Brainerd, 1761 November 6


[note (type: abstract): Wheelock updates Brainerd on the progress of various Indian students at the school.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is informal and occasionally difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in good-to-fair condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear that leads to a minor loss of text. There is preservation work along particularly heavy creases.][note (type: ink): Black.][note (type: noteworthy): This document appears to be a draft. On one recto, in the first paragraph, an unknown editor, possibly 19th-century, has added the note "Woolley" in pencil above the word "Joseph." This edit has not been transcribed.]
  [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. and Dear [Brothr | Brother]BrothrBrother 
Upon my return from [Boſton | Boston]BoſtonBoston[place0013.ocp] [abo.t | about]abo.tabout 4  ^[left] weeks ago^weeks ago I met yours, with Miriam[pers0524.ocp] at My House. I am well  [pleaſed | pleased]pleaſedpleased with [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): Miriam]Miriamthe Girl, [ſhe | she]ſheshe is in good Health, [& | and]&and well  contented, [ſhe | she]ſheshe has a kind [Miſtreſs | mistress]Miſtreſsmistress who [ſays | says]ſayssays She learns  well [ſo | so]ſoso far as [ſhe | she]ſheshe has had Opportunity to [ſee | see]ſeesee [& | and]&and know  [Amie | Amy]AmieAmy[pers0056.ocp] [y.e | the]y.ethe other India[illegible]n Girl ^[above] 13. years old^13. years old who is Mated with Miriam[pers0524.ocp]  and boards about [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): 10]10[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): 20]20 Rods from her (So [y.t | that]y.tthat [y.a | they]y.athey Lodge [togethr | together]togethrtogether)  has made [ſurprizing | surprising]ſurprizingsurprising proficiency in learning [ſince | since]ſincesince [ſhe | she]ſheshe  came [laſt | last]laſtlast Spring. [ſhe | She]ſheShe then [ſcarſely | scarcely]ſcarſelyscarcely knew her Letters.  (and indeed is more backward in reading than in other  parts of her Learning) will now write a good hand ^[above] [conſiderably | considerably]conſiderablyconsiderably well^[conſiderably | considerably]conſiderablyconsiderably well  [ſhe | She]ſheShe kept House for her [Miſs. | mistress]Miſs.mistress while [ſhe | she]ſheshe was gone on a [viſit | visit]viſitvisit  ^[above] near a [fortnit | fortnight]fortnitfortnight^near a [fortnit | fortnight]fortnitfortnight and did it well, [underſtands | understands]underſtandsunderstands tending a [Dary | dairy]Darydairy, and has  lately [illegible] her a Pocket [& | and]&and done it well. [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. You may  tell the Parents of Miriam[pers0524.ocp] there [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall nothing be wanting  for her within my Power. Joseph[pers0041.ocp] is well fitted for College  and I have this Year [Entred | entered]Entredentered [ſeveral | several]ſeveralseveral not better fitted  than Hezekiah[pers0008.ocp]. I [deſigned | designed]deſigneddesigned they [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould have made  a [viſit | visit]viſitvisit to their Friends [illegible] this fall and the week for their  going was appointed but for [ſeveral | several]ſeveralseveral ^[above] [Reaſons | reasons]Reaſonsreasons^[Reaſons | reasons]Reaſonsreasons years I have  made them willing to [defferr | defer]defferrdefer it [till | 'til]till'til [ſpring | spring]ſpringspring. it had  got to be [ſomething | something]ſomethingsomething late in [ye | the]yethe fall [& | and]&and no [Opport[gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): uny]uny | opportunity]Opport[gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): uny]unyopportunity  of a [Paſsage | passage]Paſsagepassage by water [preſented | presented]preſentedpresented. [&c | etc.]&cetc. but principally  ^[left] been^been that Hezekiah[pers0008.ocp] after I [illegible]was [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost got quite [diſcouragd | discouraged]diſcouragddiscouraged  with him has been under Convictions ^[above] for several Months^for several Months and is [ſo | so]ſoso [ſtill | still]ſtillstill  which has made a [ſurprizing | surprising]ſurprizingsurprising Change in him, and I  [feard | feared]feardfeared [y.t | that]y.tthat [ſo | so]ſoso long a [Diverſion | diversion]Diverſiondiversion would ^[above] prove^prove be unfriendly to it.
Joseph[pers0041.ocp] [& | and]&and Hezekiah[pers0008.ocp] have now [ye | the]yethe [beſt | best]beſtbest Opportunity to learn  the [Mohawke | Mohawk]MohawkeMohawk Language of these [Mohawke | Mohawk]MohawkeMohawk[org0062.ocp] Boys I have [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [ſet | set]ſetset][ſet | set]ſetset  them about ^[above] moved them to.^moved them to. it. I hope, as it is to be learnt without  Book it wont greatly hinder them in their other [ſtudies | studies]ſtudiesstudies.  I have [ſent | sent]ſentsent my poor [weekley | weakly]weekleyweakly Son [Radulphus | Rodulphus]RadulphusRodulphus[pers0578.ocp] to your  College[org0067.ocp] in [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): Ho]Hoping [yt | that]ytthat he may profit [ſomething | something]ſomethingsomething by living [gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): there]there  and I [ſend | send]ſendsend him with [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): a]a Hopes [y.t | that]y.tthat [ye | the]yethe [Honle | Honourable]HonleHonourable [Com̅iſs.rs | Commissioners]Com̅iſs.rsCommissioners[org0069.ocp] will take  Joseph[pers0041.ocp] as they Did Jacob[pers0040.ocp] under their Patronage and  [ſtill | still]ſtillstill continue him with me and let my [ſon | son]ſonson have his  [ſupport | support]ſupportsupport. the weight upon me is great, and I dont well  know how to get along without Such an advantage.  will you think favourably of it ^[above] Dear Sir^Dear Sir and use your [Intreſt | interest]Intreſtinterest  in my Favour?
as to [ye | the]yethe other Girl I’ll Expect her as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as you  can [ſend | send]ſendsend her.  I want [illegible] an opportunity to [ſay | say]ſaysay a 1000 things to you. 
[Br. | Brother]Br.Brother Pomeroy[pers0432.ocp] or My Son[pers0578.ocp] ^[above] if when you [ſee | see]ſeesee them him^if when you [ſee | see]ſeesee them him can give you a [prticular | particular]prticularparticular [accot | account]accotaccount  of [ye | the]yethe School[org0098.ocp] and So[illegible]me New [& | and]&and encouraging [Proſpects | prospects]Proſpectsprospects. 
Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Brainer^[above] d^d[pers0004.ocp]  [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember 6. 1761.[1761-11-06]  Miriam[pers0524.ocp] Come. 
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0524.ocp Miriam mentioned Storrs, Miriam
pers0056.ocp Amie Amy mentioned Johnson, Amy
pers0041.ocp Joseph mentioned Woolley, Joseph
pers0008.ocp Hezekiah mentioned Calvin, Hezekiah
pers0578.ocp Radulphus Rodulphus mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0040.ocp Jacob mentioned Woolley, Jacob
pers0432.ocp Br. Brother Pomeroy mentioned Pomeroy, Benjamin
pers0578.ocp My Son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0004.ocp M. r Mr. Brainer d recipient Brainerd, John

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0013.ocp Boſton Boston Boston

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org0062.ocp MohawkeMohawk Mohawk Nation
org0067.ocp College Princeton University
org0069.ocp yethe HonleHonourable Com̅iſs.rsCommissioners The New York/New Jersey Board of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
org0098.ocp yethe School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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