Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Sarah Simon, 1768 June 27

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[note (type: abstract): Wheelock informs Simon that if she does not want her son to stay in school until his education is finished and he is ready to teach, she should say so at once so that no more money will be spent on him.][note (type: handwriting): Formal and legible handwriting is not Wheelock's; the trailer, however, is in Wheelock's hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate creasing, yellowing and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown.]
[Opener]
[Mrs | Mrs.]MrsMrs. [Symons | Simon]SymonsSimon[pers0491.ocp]. 
I [receivd | received]receivdreceived your James[pers0669.ocp] not to [illegible] [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease  myself but at your [earneſt | earnest]earneſtearnest [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire by your Daughter Sarah[pers0490.ocp],  Who told me you had tgiven him to me to bring up and [deſpoſe | dispose]deſpoſedispose  of as my own Son, and only upon such [Conſiderations | considerations]Conſiderationsconsiderations I took  him, and have kept him to School ever since he has been  with me [till | 'til]till'til about three Weeks ago, I hired a Man to take  him [& | and]&and instruct him in Husbandry which I found he was who­ lly ignorant of, and next winter I [deſignd | designed]deſignddesigned to take him into  the School[org0098.ocp] again, [& | and]&and fit him as [faſt | fast]faſtfast as I can for a [School,  Maſter | school- master]School,  Maſterschool- master, & when he is fit for it I [deſignd | designed]deſignddesigned to put him into good  [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness as I would a Child of my own — [Theſe | These]TheſeThese were my Vi^[above] e^ews  [& | and]&and so I understood your proposal by your Daughter[pers0490.ocp] — but if I  have not understood you right — if you intend to take him  away from me, or encourage his going away as others have  done after I have been at great [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense to educate him;  or when he has half got his Education, I [inſist | insist]inſistinsist upon it that  you let me know it now, before I spend any more Money  to be thrown away upon him, there are hundreds who  would be glad to come into his Room and be at my [dispoſe | disposal]dispoſedisposal as  much as my own Children are — — 
[Pleaſe | Please]PleaſePlease to send me word what I may depend upon, and if you [chuſe | choose]chuſechoose  to have him come back to you, I [aſsure | assure]aſsureassure you I dont want to Keep  him, as I never had any view but to his Good and the Good  of the Indians in my taking him at [firſt | first]firſtfirst — — 
you may depend upon it if he tarries with me I shall take the  [moſt | most]moſtmost [Affectual | effectual]Affectualeffectual Method to learn him Husbandry as well as  to read and [wright | write]wrightwrite, — [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to let [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Deake[pers0161.ocp] see this and  [deſire | desire]deſiredesire him to write your [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer to me — It [greives | grieves]greivesgrieves [& | and]&and   breaks my Heart that while I am wearing my Life out to  do good to the poor Indians, they themselves have no more [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire  to help forward the great [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign of their [Happineſs | happiness]Happineſshappiness here  and Eternal Salvation in the World to come, but are so  many of them, and some of them too, [thoſe | those]thoſethose on whom I have  [beſtowed | bestowed]beſtowedbestowed much Pains [& | and]&and [Coſt | cost]Coſtcost pulling the other way and as  [faſt | fast]faſtfast as they can undoing all I have done. Oh! that God  would [shew | show]shewshow them their [Miſery | misery]Miſerymisery, and the only way of their Relief. 
Your Daughter Sarah[pers0490.ocp] carries herself very well, but I  think it not [beſt | best]beſtbest she should come home to [viſit | visit]viſitvisit you [till | 'til]till'til  the Fall — I [wiſh | wish]wiſhwish you [Proſperity | prosperity]Proſperityprosperity with all my Heart  and am   
[Closer]
your Real Friend  Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
[Postscript]
P.S. The Conditions I upon which I take all the [Engliſh | English]EngliſhEnglish  Boys in my School are, that if they [leve | leave]leveleave me before they  have got their Learning, or go into other [Buſineſs | business]Buſineſsbusiness  [after wards | afterwards]after wardsafterwards that [pleaſes | pleases]pleaſespleases them better than the Indian  Service they shall pay me all the [Expence | expense]Expenceexpense of their Learn­  ing. and I think the [Reaſon | reason]Reaſonreason is as good with [reſpect | respect]reſpectrespect  to your Son James[pers0669.ocp] 
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[Lett.r | Letter]Lett.rLetter to Sarah [Symons | Simon]SymonsSimon[pers0491.ocp]  at Charlestown[place0031.ocp] June 27.  1768[1768-06-27].  [Reſpecting | Respecting]ReſpectingRespecting her [ſon | son]ſonson James[pers0669.ocp] 
To  [M.rs | Mrs.]M.rsMrs. Sarah [Symons | Simon]SymonsSimon[pers0491.ocp]  at Charlestown[place0031.ocp] 
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0491.ocp M rs Mrs. Symons Simon recipient Simon, Sarah
pers0669.ocp James mentioned Simon, James
pers0490.ocp Sarah mentioned Simon, Sarah
pers0490.ocp your Daughter mentioned Simon, Sarah
pers0161.ocp M r Mr. Deake mentioned Deake, Edward
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock writer Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0491.ocp Sarah Symons Simon recipient Simon, Sarah
pers0491.ocp M. rs Mrs. Sarah Symons Simon recipient Simon, Sarah

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id Text in document Authorized Name
place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0031.ocp Charlestown Charlestown

Organizations identified in this document:

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

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1768-06-27 June 27. 1768

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