David Avery, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 June 13


[note (type: abstract): Avery writes that he is about to open his school with 16 students, and that Wheelock should expect a letter from Aaron Kinne as well.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Single medium-sized sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with minor creasing, staining and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark-brown ink bleeds through the paper.][note (type: noteworthy): This letter is written to Wheelock on the same day as Aaron Kinne's (manuscript 768363.1); both, presumably, were delivered by Joseph Johnson. It is uncertain to whom Avery refers when he mentions "the Queen" and "the girls," and so they have been left untagged; however, they are possibly Molly Brant -- Brant was William Johnson's consort -- and their children. The paper on which the letter is written appears to have been used for scratch paper as well; random words are written on the address page.]
  Reverend [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. 
The School begins today —  have 16 Scholars, [moſtly | mostly]moſtlymostly small —  how large the number will be, is  uncertain — As soon as Opportunity  [preſents | presents]preſentspresents [& | and]&and am able to judge of the  [progreſs | progress]progreſsprogress of the Children, shall  give the Doctor a particular Ac­  ­count of the School .... 
[Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Kinne[pers0308.ocp] will see [John­  ­ſon | John son]John­  ­ſonJohn son[pers0288.ocp] at the Flatts[place0084.ocp], with the Queen  [& | and]&and Girls; [& | and]&and write the Doctor what  he could not here — — — 
I find great Need of some under­ 
[ſtanding | standing]ſtandingstanding of [Phyſic | physic]Phyſicphysic, [ye | the]yethe Nature [& | and]&and Power of  Medicines among the Indians — What  I have done, [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp] will be able to  inform the [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. if he has a mind for  it — [Thro’ D. | Through divine]Thro’ D.Through divine [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness, I am pretty well  for me — humbly [deſire | desire]deſiredesire the favour  and [undeſerved | undeserved]undeſervedundeserved honor to ^[above] be^be [eſteemed | esteemed]eſteemedesteemed,  Reverend [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr.  your [moſt | most]moſtmost  dutiful Pupil,  David Avery[pers0064.ocp]. 
To the Reverend [D.r | Dr.]D.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
From David Avery[pers0064.ocp]  June [13...th | 13th]13...th13th 1768[1768-06-13] 
To The Reverend  London[place0128.ocp]  London[place0128.ocp]  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp], D. D.  In   [N. | New]N.New England[place0158.ocp].  ^[left] favoured by}^favoured by}  ^[left] J. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson}[pers0288.ocp]^J. [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson}[pers0288.ocp]  L Lord grant  [Lordſday | Lord's Day]LordſdayLord's Day  Lords  day  ^[bottom] favour^favour  ^[bottom] [illegible]^[illegible]
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pers0308.ocp M r Mr. Kinne mentioned Kinne, Aaron
pers0288.ocp John­ ­ſon John son mentioned Johnson, Joseph
pers0288.ocp Johnſon Johnson mentioned Johnson, Joseph
pers0064.ocp David Avery writer Avery, David
pers0036.ocp D. r Dr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0288.ocp J. Johnſon Johnson } mentioned Johnson, Joseph

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place0114.ocp Canawarohare Kanawalohale Kanawalohale
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1768-06-13 June 13. 1768.
1768-06-13 June 13...th13th 1768

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