Sylvanus Ripley, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1768 September 24


[note (type: abstract): Ripley writes to accept Wheelock’s invitation to write to him to improve his education. Ripley writes in support of the design to Christianize the Indians.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small, but formal and clear. The trailer is in an unknown hand.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light-to-moderate staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: noteworthy): Marks -- a plus sign and a P -- have been added to the document in a different, probably modern hand. These marks have not been transcribed. The word "Wilkin's" appears on two verso; this is unexplained.][note (type: signature): The signature is abbreviated.]
Reverend, [& | and]&and Honoured Sir   
I (humbly accepting  your kind invitation to me viz to improve [Evr'y | every]Evr'yevery  leisure hour in writing to the Dr) now humbly  dedicate the following Epistle, which I trust  will share largely your correction –– perhaps it  would not be disagreeable, should I [chuse | choose]chusechoose some  subject to treat on; when to write [themeleſs | themeless]themeleſsthemeless, [wou[gap: blotted_out][guess (maggiec): d]d | would]wou[gap: blotted_out][guess (maggiec): d]dwould  be too much like building a castle in the air:  I think in it not improper, to turn my thoughts  on the important design in veiw –– [& | and]&and first  I believe their is a vast many obstacles in the way   which 
^[below] To [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] DD,––^To [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] DD,–– 
Which to human appearance seem to be almost  insurmountable, [& | and]&and the cause in various respects wears  a gloomy aspect; yet the probability of its [succeſs | success]succeſssuccess is greater;  than that I ^[above] myself^myself shall Ever ^[above] be^be able to [aſsist | assist]aſsistassist in the for[illegible][guess (maggiec): d]dwarding  of it, who) I [beleive | believe]beleivebelieve( will be Rather like a brittle pin, [illegible][guess (maggiec): which]which  which tends more to weaken the [fabrick | fabric]fabrickfabric; than promote  its stability; yet I would wish for the best that ^[above] the^the great  design of Christianizing the Pagans might be [accomplish'^[above] d^d[illegible] | accomplished]accomplish'^[above] d^d[illegible]accomplished  [illegible]the great Redeemers Kingdom advanced; God [gloryfied | glorified]gloryfiedglorified:  Satans strong holds subverted: [& | and]&and the Benefactors most  sanguine expectations [answer'd | answered]answer'danswered: [& | and]&and may, kind Sir, your  indefatigable labours be [crown'd | crowned]crown'dcrowned with [succeſs | success]succeſssuccess, [& | and]&and when the  grand Mandate Moriatur is [utter'd | uttered]utter'duttered in heaven, then may your  Exit be with a composed [& | and]&and [Resign'd | resigned]Resign'dresigned [illegible][guess (maggiec): even]even spirit; [& | and]&and "Receive an abu^[above] n^n  ­dant entrance [administred | administered]administredadministered to your" [& | and]&and [& | and]&and   
I beg Leave to sub­  ­scribe myself your dutiful Pupil Sils Ripy[pers0444.ocp] 
[note (type: editorial): Blank page.]
Silvanus Ripley[pers0444.ocp]s  [Sep.r | September]Sep.rSeptember 24. 1768[1768-09-24]   
^[above] Wilkin's^Wilkin's    To— —  the [Rev'd | Rev.]Rev'dRev. Eleazar Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] DD  In  Connecticut[place0048.ocp]   
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pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0444.ocp Sil s Rip y writer Ripley, Sylvanus
pers0444.ocp Silvanus Ripley writer Ripley, Sylvanus
pers0036.ocp Eleazar Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0122.ocp Lebanon Lebanon
place0048.ocp Connecticut Connecticut

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1768-09-24 SeprSeptember 24th24th 1768
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