Joseph Johnson, letter to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 April 20


[note (type: abstract): Johnson writes about his progress among the Oneidas, and about the recent travels of Ralph Wheelock among tribes of the Six Nations.][note (type: handwriting): Johnson's hand is small, but clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half is in fair condition, with heavy creasing and wear that nonetheless results in no loss of text. Large portions of the seal remain.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.]
  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [& | and]&and [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured [Doct.r | Dr.]Doct.rDr. 
My [Reſpects | respects]Reſpectsrespects [& | and]&and Regards for you  for the many favours which I have Enjoyed  Since under your paternal Care [Exites | excites]Exitesexcites in me  a kind of Gratitude which makes me [deſireous | desirous]deſireousdesirous  to [Enqure | inquire]Enqureinquire little concerning your Valuble health  and to gather with all this I believe it is my—  [Indiſpenſable | indispensable]Indiſpenſableindispensable Duty to Acquaint you the [ſtate | state]ſtatestate  of the Indians up here and the [ſchool | school]ſchoolschool which  I keep. [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Sir. I have not as yet Opened the  School at Old [Onoida | Oneida]OnoidaOneida[place0179.ocp] Since I came up [laſt | last]laſtlast.  my Employment has been an Imperfect  Interpreter little better then none. to your  [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Son[pers0578.ocp]. the Indians treat him with great  deal of [Repſpects | respect]Repſpectsrespect, [& | and]&and [ſay | say]ſaysay that they do [Realy | really]Realyreally  love him, and want that he [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould [ſtay | stay]ſtaystay longer.  your [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Son[pers0578.ocp] has been at [Onondage | Onondaga]OnondageOnondaga[place0180.ocp] and [offerd | offered]offerdoffered  the glad tiding of the [Goſpel | Gospel]GoſpelGospel of [X | Christ]XChrist to them [likewiſe | likewise]likewiſelikewise  to the Senecas[org0088.ocp], but has not yet an [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer but  they did treat him with more [Reſpects | respects]Reſpectsrespects than  they had any before him, and [deſired | desired]deſireddesired to have  Some time to [Conſider | consider]Conſiderconsider [ſuch | such]ſuchsuch matter of Importan^[above] ce^ce  and [promiſed | promised]promiſedpromised to give him an [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer within  8 weeks. but has not [Recieved | received]Recievedreceived any [anſwer | answer]anſweranswer at all.  what the [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason is I cant tell. your [ſon | son]ſonson[pers0578.ocp] has  been under great [Diſadvantage | disadvantage]Diſadvantagedisadvantage in this [journy | journey]journyjourney  [& | and]&and been [thro | through]throthrough many [ſorro^[above] w^wfull | sorrowful]ſorro^[above] w^wfullsorrowful hour. no one to [adviſe | advise]adviſeadvise  him in Such Important Affair. 
I Expect to Open the [ſchool | school]ſchoolschool next week.  I believe that if the Indians now [Refuſe | refuse]Refuſerefuse  the Offered [Goſpel | Gospel]GoſpelGospel it will be wonder if God  dont in his anger cut them of from his Earth.  I do feel bad the for [ſake | sake]ſakesake of your [ſon | son]ſonson[pers0578.ocp], he has  had two or three bad turns [ſince | since]ſincesince he has been  up here. if had not the all [ſupporting | supporting]ſupportingsupporting grace  from on high been his [preſent | present]preſentpresent aid he would  probably hnot [illegible]be able to go [thro | through]throthrough his [buſsineſs | business]buſsineſsbusiness  but God be [praiſed | praised]praiſedpraised that he has carried him  thus far in [ſafety | safety]ſafetysafety.  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. Sir I hope that you have had your  health allowed to you [ſince | since]ſincesince I [ſaw | saw]ſawsaw you.  God be [praiſed | praised]praiſedpraised that he has [keept | kept]keeptkept me from  that [diſtemper | distemper]diſtemperdistemper which I did [ſo | so]ſoso greatly fear.  I have Enjoyed my [Uſeleſs | useless]Uſeleſsuseless health as [Uſual | usual]Uſualusual.  I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire humbly to Recommend [myſelf | myself]myſelfmyself  to your prayers [dayly | daily]daylydaily that he would keep me  from all [ſin | sin]ſinsin [Eſpecially | especially]Eſpeciallyespecially from pride.  I h[illegible]ave no more to acquaint you at [preſent | present]preſentpresent 
So I [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): would]would[illegible] Remain your Ignorant  Pupil. and good for nothing Black  Indian.    [Joſph | Joseph]JoſphJoseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson.[pers0288.ocp]     [Doctr | Dr.]DoctrDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp].
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[Jos: | Joseph]Jos:Joseph Joh[illegible]nsons[pers0288.ocp]  [Aprel | April]AprelApril 20. 1768[1768-04-20]   
To  the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Doctr | Dr.]DoctrDr. [E | Eleazar]EEleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]   in.   [N | New]NNew England.[place0158.ocp]  [Pr | Per]PrPer favour of)  [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Wheelock[pers0578.ocp])
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pers0578.ocp your Hon d Honoured Son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0578.ocp Hon d Honoured Son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0578.ocp your ſon son mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0288.ocp Joſ ph Joseph Johnſon Johnson . writer Johnson, Joseph
pers0036.ocp Doct r Dr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0288.ocp Jos: Joseph Joh nsons writer Johnson, Joseph
pers0036.ocp Rev d Rev. Doct r Dr. E Eleazar Whee lock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0578.ocp M r Mr. Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus

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place0114.ocp Kanoarohare Kanawalohale . Kanawalohale
place0179.ocp Old Onoida Oneida Oneida
place0180.ocp Onondage Onondaga Onondaga
place0158.ocp N New England. New England

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org0088.ocp Senecas Seneca Nation

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1768-04-20 April 20th20th 1768.
1768-04-20 AprelApril 20. 1768

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