Allyn Mather, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1767 November 20


[note (type: abstract): Mather writes that he is not content at college.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small and slanting, yet formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.][note (type: paper): Single large sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear. There are signs of old tape on one verso.][note (type: noteworthy): An editor, likely 19th-century, has added a note under the trailer on one verso. This note has not been included in the transcription.]
  [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [& | and]&and Honoured Sir/ 
[Senſible | Sensible]SenſibleSensible of the [oblagations | obligations]oblagationsobligations that I am under  of Duty [& | and]&and affection. — I would in ^[above] a^a [submiſsive | submissive]submiſsivesubmissive humble  manner [addreſs | address]addreſsaddress you with a few Lines,— Your [kindneſs | kindness]kindneſskindness  [& | and]&and Paternal care you have [exerciſed | exercised]exerciſedexercised towards me, give  me the [greateſt | greatest]greateſtgreatest [reaſon | reason]reaſonreason to think that you are [alwais | always]alwaisalways [con‐ ſulting | con‐ sulting]con‐ ſultingcon‐ sulting my good, [& | and]&and [happineſs | happiness]happineſshappiness, [& | and]&and that it would be [exceding | exceeding]excedingexceeding   [agreable | agreeable]agreableagreeable to hear from me, every opportunity.  which I would [enforme | inform]enformeinform you through a kind [& | and]&and indulgent  providence, [Injoy | enjoy]Injoyenjoy a [Tollerable | tolerable]Tollerabletolerable good s^[above] t^tate of heath, [& | and]&and [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould be  able to follow my Studies with [eaſe | ease]eaſeease [& | and]&and delight, if it was  not for [thoſe | those]thoſethose many [arrands | errands]arrandserrands which do [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost keep me upon  continu^[above] al^al run, for this I have been obliged ^[above] to^to study [Evinings | evenings]Eviningsevenings, [till | until]tilluntil   my Eyes have felt the bad affects thereof.  [Reſpecting | Respecting]ReſpectingRespecting College affairs, I believe [ingeneral | in general]ingeneralin general are conducted  very [wiſly | wisely]wiſlywisely, peace [& | and]&and good [ordere | order]ordereorder seems to prevail.  the [Preſidend | president]Preſidendpresident[pers0624.ocp] [appeairs | appears]appeairsappears to be [frindly | friendly]frindlyfriendly, [& | and]&and Tutors [likwiſs | likewise]likwiſslikewise  [Notwithſtanding | Notwithstanding]NotwithſtandingNotwithstanding I enjoy not that [contentedneſs | contentedness]contentedneſscontentedness of Mind which  I [uſe | use]uſeuse to do while under your care [& | and]&and [inſtruction | instruction]inſtructioninstruction, for my  [pr^[above] i^iviliges | privileges]pr^[above] i^iviligesprivileges are not so great as they were then, particular  as to divinity, I am as ignorant as when I came from home  if not more so —, the [Preſident | president]Preſidentpresident[pers0624.ocp] has set apart [Satturd^[above] a^ay | Saturday]Satturd^[above] a^aySaturday   for that [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose that we may study Divinity, I hope it will  be [somwhat | somewhat]somwhatsomewhat better, but I am afraid not, we recite the [Aſsem‐ blies | assem‐ blies]Aſsem‐ bliesassem‐ blies shorter [Catechiſm | catechism]Catechiſmcatechism.— It is my [preſent | present]preſentpresent thought this ^[above] is^is not the place  to [qa^[above] [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): l]l^[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): l]llify | qualify]qa^[above] [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): l]l^[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): l]llifyqualify ^[above] a^a [Miſsionary | missionary]Miſsionarymissionary for Indian service, [som | some]somsome private School I [shoud | should]shoudshould   I should think would be better [fror | for]frorfor that [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose, I have [som | some]somsome   [reaſons | reasons]reaſonsreasons to give tim why, it is so, itf time would [parmit | permit]parmitpermit it is now[illegible]  twelve [oclock | o'clock]oclock o'clock at Night, I [muſt | must]muſtmust [aſk | ask]aſkask liberty to [subſcribe | subscribe]subſcribesubscribe  [my self | myself]my selfmyself. —
Your [Dutifull | dutiful]Dutifulldutiful Pupil  [& | and]&and [Moſt | most]Moſtmost obedient humble [Servent | servant]Serventservant   Allyn Mather[pers0361.ocp] 
To the [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [E | Eleazar]EEleazar Wheelock D.D.[pers0036.ocp]
Allyn [Marther | Mather]MartherMather[pers0361.ocp]s  [Nov.r | November]Nov.rNovember 20. 1767[1767-11-20]
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pers0361.ocp Allyn Mather writer Mather, Allyn
pers0036.ocp E Eleazar Wheelock D.D. recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0361.ocp Allyn Marther Mather writer Mather, Allyn

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