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


[note (type: abstract): Johnson writes of the poor progress of his mission among the Mohawks, and gives news regarding other Wheelock missionaries in the vicinity.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small and occasionally difficult to decipher. The trailer is in an unknown hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.]
[Rev,d | Rev.]Rev,dRev. [& | and]&and [Honour,d | Honoured]Honour,dHonoured Patron
I know not what to write for I have nothing but what [muſt | must]muſtmust be [diſagreable | disagreeable]diſagreabledisagreeable [unliſs | unless]unliſsunless it be that we are all well for the good [Nuſe | news]Nuſenews which I want to write [illegible] viz of the [illegible] [Convertion | conversion]Convertionconversion of the [Hethen | heathen]Hethenheathen ^[above] which^which is not come to [pas | pass]paspass here yet and I [muſt | must]muſtmust [ſay | say]ſaysay I fear it [niver | never]nivernever will I hope God will affect it in his own Time and it would be my [greateſt | greatest]greateſtgreatest Joy to [ſee | see]ſeesee that happy Scene begin though [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Chamberling | Chamberlain]ChamberlingChamberlain[pers0009.ocp] is with [unweried | unwearied]unweriedunwearied Pains [ſtriving | striving]ſtrivingstriving to [convins | convince]convinsconvince them of their [Erors | errors]Erorserrors and the [Dainger | danger]Daingerdanger 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 [W | William]WWilliam[pers0292.ocp] went home and ^[above] then^then they the Children [dropt | dropped]droptdropped [of | off]ofoff one by one and others would be [unſtedy | unsteady]unſtedyunsteady [ſo | so]ſoso that for [ſome | some]ſomesome 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 [Douty | duty]Doutyduty to [ſpend | spend]ſpendspend my Time thus I wrote to [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] for advice but have [receivd | received]receivdreceived nothing [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Chamberling | Chamberlain]ChamberlingChamberlain[pers0009.ocp] thinks that being Jacob[pers0018.ocp] has about the [ſame | same]ſamesame Number it is [beſt | best]beſtbest to place him here and [ſeeing | seeing]ſeeingseeing Hezekiah[pers0008.ocp] is left and [deſcurregd | discouraged]deſcurregddiscouraged it is [prepoſd | proposed]prepoſdproposed for me to go to Fort Hunter[place0078.ocp] and try to [gether | gather]gethergather and re[illegible] the School there again I [receivd | received]receivdreceived the kind and indulgent Letter and [illegible] half [illegible] by David[pers0155.ocp] though I have had no want yet I have be^[above] e^en put to great [Expenſes | expenses]Expenſesexpenses looking for my [Hors | horse]Horshorse who was [ſtolen | stolen]ſtolenstolen and I have [ſpent | spent]ſpentspent a Week after it but find no Signs of it I want to re‐turn to [Colledge | college]Colledgecollege as [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon as I can if they will take me but I ex‐pect to hear from [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. [Whelock | Wheelock]WhelockWheelock[pers0036.ocp] before I [ſet | set]ſetset [of | off]ofoff [a foot | afoot]a footafoot fo^[above] r^r New Engl^[above] and^and[place0158.ocp] the Children which I have had [ſeem | seem]ſeemseem to [illegible][lern | learn]lernlearn very well and [ſome | some]ſomesome [ſurpriſl^[above] n^ngly | surprisi^[above] n^ngly]ſurpriſl^[above] n^nglysurprisi^[above] n^ngly [faſt | fast]faſtfast
[Rv,d | Rev.]Rv,dRev. Sir, I am with due [Reſpect | respect]Reſpectrespect your [deutiful | dutiful]deutifuldutiful [Peupel | pupil]Peupelpupil [Sam,ll | Samuel]Sam,llSamuel Johnson[pers0879.ocp] [Rvd | Rev.]RvdRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Eleazar [Whelock | Wheelock]WhelockWheelock[pers0036.ocp]
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[Samll | Samuel]SamllSamuel Johnson[pers0879.ocp]s [Oct. | October]Oct.October 6. 1766[1766-10-06].
To [Rv,d | Rev.]Rv,dRev. [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Eleazar [Whelock | Wheelock]WhelockWheelock[pers0036.ocp] in Lebanon[place0122.ocp]
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pers0009.ocp M r Mr. Chamberling Chamberlain mentioned Chamberlain, Theophilus
pers0292.ocp Sir W William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0018.ocp Jacob mentioned Fowler, Jacob
pers0008.ocp Hezekiah mentioned Calvin, Hezekiah
pers0155.ocp David mentioned Fowler, David
pers0036.ocp M r Mr. Whelock Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0879.ocp Sam, ll Samuel Johnson writer Johnson, Samuel
pers0036.ocp M r Mr. Eleazar Whelock Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0879.ocp Sam ll Samuel Johnson writer Johnson, Samuel

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