Joseph Woolley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1765 February 9

ms-number765159.2

[note (type: abstract): Woolley writes that the two boys who were to come to the school are delayed because of winter snow and the risk of smallpox. He also remarks on the progress of his mission, his admiration for the Tuscaroras, and the wish of the Oneidas at Chenango to have Samuel Ashpo return to them.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is largely clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Wide sheet, folded vertically to make four pages, is in good condition, with light yellowing and wear. A large portion of the seal remains.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): This letter is a follow-up to 765159.1, written on the same day by Woolley. It is not wholly certain that the two letters were written by the same hand, although it is likely.]
[Opener]
[Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. Sir 
After Peter[pers0419.ocp] told hme the two [Tuſkarora | Tuscarora]TuſkaroraTuscarora Boys were  going with him [& | and]&and had written the [firſt | first]firſtfirst Letter I was told  that he had now bidden them to stay [untill | until]untilluntil he returns,  and if he likes the Place will come and fetch them. What  he intends to do with the two I cannot tell for they  live as he goes on his Way to [N. | New]N.New [Enlend | England]EnlendEngland[place0158.ocp]. But I believe  this is ythe [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason why he left them, b[illegible][guess (ivys): g]g[ecauſe | ecause]ecauſeecause I had [ſaid | said]ſaidsaid it  was hard for them to go [ſeeing | seeing]ſeeingseeing they nevery had the Small­ ­Pox and I was not willing they Should carry it to your  [Houſe | house]Houſehouse. [More over | Moreover]More overMoreover they were [nakid | naked]nakidnaked and the [Seaſon | season]Seaſonseason is very  bad — they have not [Blankits | blankets]Blankitsblankets enough at home to keep them  warm — and what is this — they have to go Matter of hundred  Miles [thro' | through]thro'through the Woods — the Snow three Foot deep.
I [ſaid | said]ſaidsaid this after the Sachem had concluded they [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould go —  and the [Eagerneſs | eagerness]Eagerneſseagerness of their going. I pitied the poor Children —  and knew I should be in the Blame if they [catched | caught]catchedcaught the Pox and  carried it to your [Houſe | house]Houſehouse.
The [Tuſkaroras | Tuscaroras]TuſkarorasTuscaroras[org0104.ocp] are People of Civilty, I like them exceeding  well, [ſome | some]ſomesome of them had a Mind I [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould live with them  but I could not, [ſeeing | seeing]ſeeingseeing I was [ſent | sent]ſentsent to learn the Mohawk[org0062.ocp]s Lan ­guage and they have many [Kinneſs | kindness]Kinneſskindness towards me
[S.r | Sir]S.rSir I [illegible] cannot [ſatiſy | satisfy]ſatiſysatisfy you in writing, I had rather talk with  you Face to Face. Many Things I want to [ſay | say]ſaysay I cannot  commit to Paper Peter[pers0419.ocp] is in great hurry
I went to [Geningo | Chenango]GeningoChenango[place0110.ocp] which is about 15 Miles, [illegible][guess (ivys): to see]to seeabout the 28  of November[1764-11-28] to [ſee | see]ſeesee my Relations, and tarried a We[illegible]ek; they  [enquired | inquired]enquiredinquired ^[above] of me^of me what had bec[illegible][guess (ivys): o]oame of [Samu^[above] e^el | Samuel]Samu^[above] e^elSamuel [Aſhpoe | Ashpo]AſhpoeAshpo[pers0002.ocp], that [uſed | used]uſedused to come  among them, "we want to [ſee | see]ſeesee him very much and hear the  Word of God preached unto us; they [wonted | wanted]wontedwanted to know when he  would come again. I told them I did not know, peradventure  he may come next Spring.  [illegible]I have not a [Quater | quarter]Quaterquarter [diſchared | discharged]diſchareddischarged, his Being in [Haſete | haste]Haſetehaste,  I have not the [Excerciſe | exercise]Excerciſeexercise of my Faculty; but if you can  [underſtand | understand]underſtandunderstand my Meaning it is well [&c. | etc.]&c.etc. I am
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Sir,  Your very hu[illegible]mble [Serv.t | servant]Serv.tservant  Josephy Woolly[pers0041.ocp]. 
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from [Josp | Joseph]JospJoseph Woolley[pers0041.ocp]  [feb, | February]feb,February 9: 1765[1765-02-09] 
To — The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev.  [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]  in Lebanon[place0122.ocp]
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0419.ocp Peter mentioned Agwirondongwas, Gwedelhes
pers0002.ocp Samu e l Samuel Aſhpoe Ashpo mentioned Ashpo, Samuel
pers0041.ocp Josephy Woolly writer Woolley, Joseph
pers0041.ocp Jos p Joseph Woolley writer Woolley, Joseph
pers0036.ocp M. r Mr. Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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id Text in document Authorized Name
place0182.ocp Onohoquawge Onaquaga Onaquaga
place0158.ocp N. New Enlend England New England
place0110.ocp Geningo Chenango Chenango
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon

Organizations identified in this document:

id Text in document Authorized Name
org0104.ocp TuſkarorasTuscaroras Tuscarora Nation
org0062.ocp Mohawk Mohawk Nation

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1765-02-09 Febru.yFebruary 9th9th 1765
1764-11-28 28 of November
1765-02-09 feb,February 9: 1765

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modernization Houſe house
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modernization Seaſon season
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