Phineas Dodge, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 3



[note (type: abstract): Dodge writes regarding his trip to Oneida country, the danger from small pox, and a meeting with Sir William Johnson.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is formal and clear.][note (type: paper): Wide sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, yellowing and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: signature): Dodge spells his name “Phinehas" rather than "Phineas."][note (type: layout): The second page of the letter is on two recto, not one verso.]
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. and [Hon.d | Honoured]Hon.dHonoured [Doc.t | Dr.]Doc.tDr.    
[Thro | Through]ThroThrough the [goodneſs | goodness]goodneſsgoodness of God we arrived  safe at this place [laſt | last]laſtlast [sater[illegible]day | Saturday]sater[illegible]daySaturday was a week Joyfully [receved. | received]receved.received   and [moſt | most]moſtmost kindly [welcom.d | welcomed]welcom.dwelcomed by [ye | the]yethe [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and very dear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr.   Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] we [paſt | passed]paſtpassed [ye | the]yethe smallpox with little danger by  going round Albany[place0001.ocp] city it was at every [houſe | house]houſehouse from  thence to [Schenactady | Schenectady]SchenactadySchenectady [place0202.ocp] but [thro | through]throthrough a kind providence the  wind [favour.d | favoured]favour.dfavoured our [paſing | passing]paſingpassing at every place [whare | where]wharewhere the  [ infect.n | infection] infect.ninfection was, [till | 'til]till'til we came to [schaenactady | Schenectady]schaenactadySchenectady [place0202.ocp] [whare | where]wharewhere [appeard | appeared]appeardappeared [ye | the]yethe   [greateſt | greatest]greateſtgreatest danger as the [smoak | smoke]smoaksmoke of [ye | the]yethe chimneys drove down  to the ground I apprehended it not [prudence | prudent]prudenceprudent to [paſs | pass]paſspass [thro | through]throthrough   the town [enquir.d | enquired]enquir.denquired at [ye | the]yethe [firſt | first]firſtfirst [houſe | house]houſehouse for some by way  to [paſs | pass]paſspass [ye | the]yethe town was told we might likely [croſe | cross]croſecross 3 miles  up [ye | the]yethe River, not [w.hout | without]w.hout without some difficulty, [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp] was for  [ventring | venturing]ventringventuring [thro | through]throthrough but while I was [conſidering | considering]conſideringconsidering what to do I [coud | could]coudcould   not but [obſarve | observe]obſarveobserve a [freſh | fresh]freſhfresh [breaze | breeze]breazebreeze [yt | that]ytthat carried all [ye | the]yethe [smoak | smoke]smoaksmoke direct­ -ly from this new way similar to [w.t | what]w.twhat we had before [experin.d | experienced]experin.dexperienced   which plainly intimated that providence pointed that way.  Which we [pursue.d | pursued]pursue.dpursued without much trouble. From this [inſtea ­nce | insta nce]inſtea ­nceinsta nce I [cou:d | could]cou:dcould not but reflect upon [ye | the]yethe [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness [& | and]&and [wiſdom | wisdom]wiſdomwisdom of  an [allwiſe | allwise]allwiſeallwise [& | and]&and [sover^[above] e^eign | sovereign]sover^[above] e^eignsovereign God in [preſarving | preserving]preſarvingpreserving [& | and]&and delivering his  creatures [tho | though]thothough ever so evil [& | and]&and [unthankfull | unthankful]unthankfullunthankful. May I be in=  [illegible][inabled | enabled]inabledenabled to eye Gods holy hand in all his works ^[above] both^both of [prov.e | providence]prov.eprovidence [& | and]&and [grac | grace]gracgrace  
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[Bleſſed | blessed]Bleſſedblessed be God I have my helalth better then for many  years [paſt | past]paſtpast. we have had a very [diſagreable | disagreeable]diſagreabledisagreeable [veſit | visit]veſitvisit from  some of [thoſe | those]thoſethose poor wretches as [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Kirtland[pers0315.ocp] will [informe | inform]informeinform   you in his. which [Inſtance | instance]Inſtanceinstance I hope has been [maid | made]maidmade a [bleſſing | blessing]bleſſingblessing  to me. I am very well contented at [preſent | present]preſentpresent, am not in [ye | the]yethe   [leaſt | least]leaſtleast [diſcourag.d | discouraged]diſcourag.ddiscouraged, only want an [honeſt | honest]honeſthonest heart to improve  my [diſtinguiſhed | distinguished]diſtinguiſheddistinguished [priviledges | privileges]priviledgesprivileges. [ye | the]yethe [illegible]late [rupter | rupture]rupterrupture [ocaſiond | occasioned]ocaſiondoccasioned by some  of [Satons | Satan's]SatonsSatan's [Emiceries | emissaries]Emiceriesemissaries seems to have a very good effect upon  others which affords an [ encourag.g | encouraging] encourag.gencouraging [proſpect | prospect]proſpectprospect [yt | that]ytthat [tho. | though]tho.though the  [divil | devil]divildevil or strong man armed is loth to give up [ye | the]yethe [caſtel | castle]caſtelcastle  yet I hope a stronger then he will [E,er | ever]E,erever long enter in  and [spoile | spoil]spoilespoil his goods [& | and]&and become [maſter | master]maſtermaster [& | and]&and governour.  I [lodgd | lodged]lodgdlodged at [mr | Mr.]mrMr. [Robinſes | Robinses]RobinſesRobinses[pers0448.ocp] on my [Jurney | journey]Jurneyjourney he sends all  [reſpect | respect]reſpectrespect to [ye | the]yethe [Doc.t | Dr.]Doc.tDr. [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp], kept Sabbiath at  Nobletown[place0169.ocp] went to hear [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Smith[pers0499.ocp] who sends all due  [reſ[illegible]pects | respects]reſ[illegible]pectsrespects to you. [deſires | desires]deſiresdesires all that belong to your family  or school[org0098.ocp] to make his [houſe | house]houſehouse their home when ever [thay | they]thaythey   [paſs | pass]paſspass thatis way, as did [mr | Mr.]mrMr. Robins[pers0448.ocp] [alſo | also]alſoalso. I [wated | waited]watedwaited on Sir  William[pers0292.ocp] [agreable | agreeable]agreableagreeable to your orders was [their | there]theirthere 4 or 5 hours before  I could see him, he [sd | said]sdsaid but little, speaking of your [Doct­ ­ship | Doctor ship]Doct­ ­shipDoctor ship [sd | said]sdsaid, he thoughts it was a very [rair | rare]rairrare [inſtence | instance]inſtenceinstance for a  [deſenter | dissenter]deſenterdissenter to have that Honour [conferd | conferred]conferdconferred on them.  went that night to [Eſqr | Esq.]EſqrEsq. Butler[pers0277.ocp] [lodgd | lodged]lodgdlodged [their | there]theirthere he would  not let me go away. could not go to Cherry [vally | Valley]vallyValley [place0037.ocp] the  riding was so bad — That [ye | the]yethe Lord may crown your labours  with Honour [& | and]&and [succes | success]successuccess is [ye | the]yethe humble prayer of him, who begs  leave to [subſcribe | subscribe]subſcribesubscribe him [selfe | self]selfeself,   
[Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Doct | Dr.]DoctDr.,  your [moſt | most]moſtmost [obed.t | obedient]obed.tobedient [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [H.l | humble]H.lhumble ][H.l | humble]H.lhumble [sarvt | servant]sarvtservant   [Phinehas | Phineas]PhinehasPhineas Dodge[pers0169.ocp] 
From [Phin: | Phineas]Phin:Phineas Dodge[pers0169.ocp]  3 [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember 1767[1767-11-03].   
To  The [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] DD.   New-England[place0158.ocp]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0315.ocp M r Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0288.ocp Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, Joseph
pers0315.ocp mr Mr. Kirtland mentioned Kirkland, Samuel
pers0448.ocp mr Mr. Robinſes Robinses mentioned Robins
pers0036.ocp mr Mr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0499.ocp M r Mr. Smith mentioned Smith
pers0448.ocp mr Mr. Robins mentioned Robins
pers0292.ocp Sir William mentioned Johnson, William
pers0277.ocp Eſq r Esq. Butler mentioned Butler, John
pers0169.ocp Phinehas Phineas Dodge writer Dodge, Phineas
pers0169.ocp Phin: Phineas Dodge writer Dodge, Phineas
pers0036.ocp Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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id Text in document Authorized Name
place0179.ocp Onida Oneida Oneida
place0001.ocp Albany Albany
place0202.ocp Schenactady Schenectady Schenectady
place0202.ocp sch a enactady Schenectady Schenectady
place0169.ocp Nobletown Nobletown
place0037.ocp Cherry vally Valley Cherry Valley
place0158.ocp New-England New England

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id Text in document Authorized Name
org0098.ocp school Moor’s Indian Charity School

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1767-11-03 Nov.rNovember 3 1767
1767-11-03 3 Nov.rNovember 1767

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modernization conſidering considering
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modernization freſh fresh
variation breaze breeze
modernization yt that
modernization inſtea ­nce insta nce
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Abbreviation Expansion
Nov.r November
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& and
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encourag.g encouraging
tho. though
E,er ever
lodgd lodged
sd said
Doct­ ­ship Doctor ship
conferd conferred
Rev.d Rev.
Doct Dr.
H.l humble
sarvt servant
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