Levi Frisbie, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 December


[note (type: abstract): Frisbie requests to be allowed to leave his mission and return to college.][note (type: handwriting): Formal handwriting is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Single medium-sized sheet is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Dark-brown ink is lightly faded in spots.]
  [Rev'd | Rev.]Rev'dRev. [& | and]&and [Hon'd | Honoured]Hon'dHonoured Doctor// 
Last Spring when it was [propoſd | proposed]propoſdproposed  to me to go on a Tour into the Indian Country, I was  of Opinion it would be very detrimental to my collegiate  Studies, (which Opinion Experience [hath verefied | has verified]hath verefiedhas verified ) — but as  I was well [perswaded | persuaded]perswadedpersuaded that the [Doctr | Doctor]DoctrDoctor [pers0036.ocp] always [conſulted | consulted]conſultedconsulted the [beſt | best]beſtbest  Good of the [Deſign | design]Deſigndesign in general, and the good of each individual  Member of the School[org0098.ocp] as far as might be [conſistant | consistent]conſistantconsistent with that,  I made no Objection to the [propoſal | proposal]propoſalproposal of going and tarrying in  the [wilderneſs | wilderness]wilderneſswilderness five or six Months, not doubting but a compli‐ ance with the [Doctrs | Doctor]DoctrsDoctor[pers0036.ocp]'s good [Pleaſure | pleasure]Pleaſurepleasure in promoting the grand [De‐ ign | de‐ sign]De‐ ignde‐ sign, and the [advantag | advantage]advantagadvantage [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): es]es I might be to the Indians, and gain  from them by a [Knoledge | knowledge]Knoledgeknowledge of their Language [& | and]&and Customs, would  in some [meaſure | measure]meaſuremeasure [compenſate | compensate]compenſatecompensate for the Neglect of other [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary  [Acquirments | acquirements]Acquirmentsacquirements— And now [thro' | through]thro'through the [Goodneſs | goodness]Goodneſsgoodness of God I have [re‐ turnd | re‐ turned]re‐ turndre‐ turned [& | and]&and find that it is concluded that Wheelock[pers0578.ocp] [& | and]&and Ripley[pers0444.ocp] should  tarry here this winter — but as they were at College [laſt | last]laſtlast Summer  when I was [abſent | absent]abſentabsent, [& | and]&and the Friendship [& | and]&and Society of my [Claſs Mates | classmates]Claſs Matesclassmates  are very agreeable, and the Advantages at College are perhaps 
^[bottom] To Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp]^To Doctor Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] 
[left] L [Friſbie | Frisbie]FriſbieFrisbie[pers0209.ocp]'s [Requeſt | request]Requeſtrequest  to go to College  [Dec.r | December]Dec.rDecember 1769[1769-12].
L [Friſbie | Frisbie]FriſbieFrisbie[pers0209.ocp]'s [Requeſt | request]Requeſtrequest  to go to College  [Dec.r | December]Dec.rDecember 1769[1769-12]. 
equal to [thoſe | those]thoſethose of the School[org0098.ocp], and I humbly imagine all things  [conſiderd | considered]conſiderdconsidered the [Expences | expenses]Expencesexpenses not [vaſtly | vastly]vaſtlyvastly greater, I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire (with [submiſsion | submission]submiſsionsubmission  to the Doctor[pers0036.ocp]s superior Judgment) that he would so far gratify  my Inclination as to send me to College this Winter — I under‐ stand [tis | it is]tisit is the [deſire | desire]deſiredesire of the [Preſident | President]PreſidentPresident[pers0624.ocp] that I should be there, [& | and]&and  I trust the Doctor[pers0036.ocp] will not deny my Request, [tho' | though]tho'though he may think  I shall [miſs | miss]miſsmiss of some advantages here — when he [conſiders | considers]conſidersconsiders there  are [poſsibly | possibly]poſsiblypossibly some others there which under my [preſent | present]preſentpresent Circumstances  may be as beneficial — If I stay here I shall have no time to apply  myself to the study of Indian, I have spent so much in it already —  but I need say no more I doubt not but the Doctor[pers0036.ocp]s Generous  G [& | and]&and Benevolent [dispoſition | disposition]dispoſitiondisposition will excite him to grant my  Request, if he can see it any way [conſistant | consistent]conſistantconsistent with my own  Good and the Good [& | and]&and Honour of the School[org0098.ocp] — I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire the  [Docr | Doctor]DocrDoctor [pers0036.ocp] to give me an [Anſwer | answer]Anſweranswer as soon as [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible — and let what  will be the [iſsue | issue]iſsueissue I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire ^[above] as far as I can^as far as I can to [reſt | rest]reſtrest contentedly   
[Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [& | and]&and [Hond | Honoured]HondHonoured Doctor  your [moſt | most]moſtmost devoted Pupil  [& | and]&and very humble [Servt | Servant]ServtServant   Levi Frisbie[pers0209.ocp] 
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pers0036.ocp Doct r Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0036.ocp Doctr s Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0578.ocp Wheelock mentioned Wheelock, Rodulphus
pers0444.ocp Ripley mentioned Ripley, Sylvanus
pers0036.ocp Doctor Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0209.ocp L Friſbie Frisbie writer Frisbie, Levi
pers0036.ocp Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0624.ocp the Preſident President mentioned Daggett, Naphtali
pers0036.ocp Doc r Doctor recipient Wheelock, Eleazar
pers0209.ocp Levi Frisbie writer Frisbie, Levi

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org0098.ocp School Moor’s Indian Charity School

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modernization &c etc.
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