Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 March


[note (type: abstract): Johnson asks to be discharged.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small and somewhat meandering, yet it is mostly clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Small single sheet appears to be torn from a larger sheet. It is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Black.][note (type: noteworthy): Johnson appears to have written a random note on one verso. This document is possibly a draft or Johnson's copy.]
Much [Reſpected | Respected]ReſpectedRespected, and Ever Hondoured, Doctor, 
I have made this attempt once more to Approach thy  Dwellings, and now [deſire | desire]deſiredesire with all [humbleneſs | humbleness]humbleneſshumbleness of mind  that [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): thy]thy not [Diſpleaſure | displeasure]Diſpleaſuredispleasure may not be [Riſen | risen]Riſenrisen [againſt | against]againſtagainst  me, [altho | although]althoalthough I have So much [Deſerved | deserved]Deſerveddeserved it. most [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Sir,  I came up to petition to you my Ever [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Benefactor,  that as my mind is wholly Bent from here, that thou would  So much [Condeſcend | condescend]Condeſcendcondescend as to [diſcharge | discharge]diſchargedischarge me from Under you  If you [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease, which being my great Concern that I might  [firſt | first]firſtfirst [git | get]gitget you leave to [illegible]tarry at my own home and get [my ſelf | myself]my ſelfmyself  in steady way of living. which without your leave I must  be always [roaving | roving]roavingroving about, most [hond | honoured]hondhonoured Sir, [pleaſe | please]pleaſeplease to grant  this my humble [pitition | petition]pititionpetition, and I do now humbly [deſire | desire]deſiredesire to  Return you most hearty thanks for your many labours  of Love [Shewn | shown]Shewnshown to me Since my Infancy and under your  most kind protection. I Acknowledge that they have been  many [& | and]&and great favours Indeed. and I [alſo | also]alſoalso Acknowledge that  my Ingratitude and [Unthankfullneſs | unthankfulness]Unthankfullneſsunthankfulness have Exceeded them.  and now Be [pleaſed | pleased]pleaſedpleased to forgive what I have done and bury  me in deep [forgetfullneſs | forgetfulness]forgetfullneſsforgetfulness and Remember me no more,  [Seing | seeing]Seingseeing, I have done so much [wickedneſs | wickedness]wickedneſswickedness that I dare not  approach thy [preſence | presence]preſencepresence, O, be not angry with me for that,  But forgive what you have [ſeen | seen]ſeenseen [arriſe | arise]arriſearise in you   
Ever  Humble petitioner, and wicked [ſervant | Servant]ſervantServant.   [Joſeph | Joseph]JoſephJoseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp] 
To—­  The Ever [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured [Doct.r | Dr.]Doct.rDr. Wheelock[pers0036.ocp].   
the book  the book of the generation of [Jeſuſ | Jesus]JeſuſJesus  [chriſt | Christ]chriſtChrist the [ſon | son]ſonson of david the   
[Jos: | Joseph]Jos:Joseph Johnson[pers0288.ocp]  March. 1769[1769-03] —­   
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pers0288.ocp Joſeph Joseph Johnſon Johnson writer Johnson, Joseph
pers0036.ocp Doct. r Dr. Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0288.ocp Jos: Joseph Johnson writer Johnson, Joseph

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