Sarah Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1769 [month unknown] 16


[note (type: abstract): Simon writes to Wheelock that she fears she is irretrievably in the grip of the Devil.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is small, yet largely clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.]
[Re.:end | Rev.]Re.:endRev. and [Hon:.rd | Honoured]Hon:.rdHonoured Sir
I have been this Some time back thinking upon things of [Religon | religion]Religonreligion; and I think [thay | they]thaythey [donot | do not]donotdo not look So ^[above] plain to me^plain to me as I have Seen them ^[above] and^and I have [grat | great]gratgreat ma ny wicked thoughts and I [donot | do not]donotdo not know what I Shall do if I [donot | do not]donotdo not [aſk | ask]aſkask [ſombodys | somebody's]ſombodyssomebody's [adviſe | advice]adviſeadvice about ^[left] it^it for I feel very bad about it; I have thought a [gr te | great]gr tegreat while that I would Come and talk ywith ^[above] the^the [Dr | Doctor]DrDoctor[pers0036.ocp] but then I thought again that it will not do me any good; for I have [talkd | talked]talkdtalked with the [Dr | Doctor]DrDoctor[pers0036.ocp] [gra[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): n]nt | great]gra[illegible][guess (h-dawnd): n]ntgreat many times and If I do not mind them words that has been [alraday | already]alradayalready Said [tome | to me]tometo me I Shall have the more to [an ſwer | answer]an ſweranswer for; So I thought I would not dgo [illegible]^[above] no^nowhere to [here | hear]herehear [any thing | anything]any thinganything ^[above] or^or no [aſk | ask]aſkask any [qu:.ns | questions]qu:.nsquestions about any
but I fear it is the works of [Saton | Satan]SatonSatan; and I have [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): mind]mind it [till | 'til]till'til I am undone [for Ever | forever]for Everforever and I [be[illegible]live | believe]be[illegible]livebelieve that [Saton | Satan]SatonSatan is [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [beſſer | besser]beſſerbesser][beſſer | besser]beſſerbesser with me [them | than]themthan [any body | anybody]any bodyanybody [els | else]elselse in this world Even when I go to Read he [taks | takes]takstakes all my thoughts away upon [Somthing | something]Somthingsomething [Els | else]Elselse and my temptation he [las | lays]laslays before me I thought I [illegible]never would not [till | tell]tilltell [any body | anybody]any bodyanybody of it but as I was at home this [after noon | afternoon]after noonafternoon all alone I was thinking upon [thise | these]thisethese things and wondering what[illegible] I [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould do and I thought of a book I [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [hered | heard]heredheard][hered | heard]heredheard Read [onſe | once]onſeonce that when [any one | anyone]any oneanyone was at [loſt | lost]loſtlost about any thing [thay | they]thaythey [muſt | must]muſtmust go to [lhare | their]lharetheir [minſter | minister]minſterminister and inquire of [illegible]them and there ^[above] will^will lead you into it, and then I think it is my duty to Come and take your [adviſe | advice]adviſeadvice. and I ^[above] what^what want to know
is this am ^[above] I^I [uncureable | incurable]uncureableincurable or fnot; the devil is [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): [jiſt | just]jiſtjust][jiſt | just]jiſtjust [Redy | ready]Redyready Sometimes to ^[above] make me^make me think that [be caſe | because]be caſebecause I have made a [perfertion | perversion]perfertionperversion and do not ^[above] [alwas | always]alwasalways^[alwas | always]alwasalways keep upright. and [itſeems | it seems]itſeemsit seems to me all the true [Chriſtan | Christian]ChriſtanChristian never [meats | meets]meatsmeets with Such a [ſtruggte | struggle]ſtruggtestruggle with [ſaton | Satan]ſatonSatan as I do and [ſo | so]ſoso that [maks | makes]maksmakes me fear that I am a [Chriſtan | Christian]ChriſtanChristian [becaſe | because]becaſebecause the Devil is [ſo | so]ſoso be[illegible: [guess (h-dawnd): [ſ | s]ſs][ſ | s]ſs]e with me more than he is with any one [Els | else]Elselse. for wh en I d go to try to pray he [till | tell]tilltell me that it will not do andy good [nither | neither]nitherneither will it [merat | merit]meratmerit [any thing | anything]any thinganything [ſo | so]ſoso he [trys | tries]trystries [Every thing | everything]Every thingeverything to put me back. and o what [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall I do it [seam | seem]seamseem to me I could [writ | write]writwrite all this right to you if it would do any good but i fear it will [illegible] not. —
[ſo | So]ſoSo I [Deſire | desire]Deſiredesire to [ſubcrib | subscribe]ſubcribsubscribe [my ſilfe | myself]my ſilfemyself your [moſt | most]moſtmost humble and Ever [Dutyfull | Dutiful]DutyfullDutiful [Searvent | Servant]SearventServant [ſarah | Sarah]ſarahSarah [ſimon | Simon]ſimonSimon[pers0490.ocp]
From Sarah Simon[pers0490.ocp]s [16th | 16th]16th16th 1769[1769].
for — M.: the [Re:end | Rev.]Re:endRev. [M:r | Mr.]M:rMr. [Elezer | Eleazar]ElezerEleazar [Wheelak | Wheelock]WheelakWheelock[pers0036.ocp] ^[below] DD^DD [att | at]attat Lebanon[place0122.ocp]
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pers0490.ocp Sarah Simon writer Simon, Sarah
pers0036.ocp Elezer Eleazar Wheela k Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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