Abraham Simon, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1774 October 17


[note (type: abstract): Simon writes to say that he must keep school to earn money. He promises to repay a past debt to Wheelock as soon as possible and asks for a recommendation, and for help in obtaining money from the sale of his house, which has been purchased by Jacob Fowler. He requests that Wheelock not inform anyone of his whereabouts.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Large sheet folded in half to make four pages is in good-to-fair condition, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear that leads to a minor loss of text. Repair work holds two halves of the document together.][note (type: ink): Black-brown.][note (type: noteworthy): A note, likely 19th-century, added after the trailer reads: "Indian, probably brother of Dan.l." A modern label reading "Part of the Frederick Chase Collection given by his heirs" has been affixed to the top right corner of one recto.][note (type: layout): The first page of the letter is on one recto, but the second page is on two recto, not one verso.]
[Rev’d | Rev.]Rev’dRev. and Honour Sir.
I ^[above] would^would Inform you a Little about my affairs and where I am at [preſent | present]preſentpresent I [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose to [begain | begin]begainbegin a [illegible][guess (h-dawnd): t]t[guess (h-dawnd): C]C School here tomorrow and take it for Six Months for I have been very Badly [Diſſipinted | dissipated]Diſſipinteddissipated about Money ever since I have been Down so that I th[illegible]ink it [beſt | best]beſtbest to keep School [till | 'til]till'til Spring
About that account that is between the College and me as Quick as I can [poſsiblely | possibly]poſsiblelypossibly set settle it ^[above] I^I will and I hope the Dr will not go to be[illegible]ding of me for I always mean to Settle wi[gap: tear][guess (h-dawnd): th]th every one as Quick as lay in my Power and I have some hopes of being after a while if I have my Health and [proſſper | prosper]proſſperprosper I am very Sorrey Sorry that I did not take Better Care in time But I think now it will do me good for Time to come so that I shall [underſtand | understand]underſtandunderstand who to Deal with and Who to not
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I should be glad if the [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. would send me a Recommendation for I do know that I have Done anything that I had[illegible] have no [write | right]writeright to one though I [muſt | must]muſtmust [confeſs | confess]confeſsconfess that my conduct has not been very good in a great many [reſpects | respects]reſpectsrespects but I can bu[gap: hole][guess (h-dawnd): t]t hope that [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. will Look over many of my Faults and help me all that He can Jacob Fowler[pers0018.ocp] has bought my [Houſe | house]Houſehouse and has given me a Note is to send me an [oder | order]oderorder Down upon [Capt | Capt.]CaptCapt. [Backuſe | Backus]BackuſeBackus[pers0070.ocp] and I bgeg that [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. will give Him an [oder | order]oderorder [becauſe | because]becauſebecause d[illegible] I am [abſolutely | absolutely]abſolutelyabsolutely in need of one —
For I cannot get Money to [purchaſe | purchase]purchaſepurchase Clothing [till | 'til]till'til Sprng Spring not [till | 'til]till'til such Times I can get some for keeping School —
I would have the [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. keep [Counſel | counsel]Counſelcounsel and not tell [any Body | anybody]any Bodyanybody where I am or like to be so I
am your unworthy [Servent | servant]Serventservant Abraham Simon[pers0487.ocp]
[fr. | From]fr.From [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Ab.m | Abraham]Ab.mAbraham [Symon | Simon]SymonSimon[pers0487.ocp]s [Octr | October]OctrOctober 17. 1774[1774-10-17]
To — [Rev.d | Rev.]Rev.dRev. [Dr | Dr.]DrDr. D Wheelock[pers0036.ocp] [Pre.d | President]Pre.dPresident of Dartmouth College[org0037.ocp]
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id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0018.ocp Jacob Fowler mentioned Fowler, Jacob
pers0070.ocp Cap t Capt. Backuſe Backus mentioned Backus, Nathaniel
pers0487.ocp Abraham Simon writer Simon, Abraham
pers0487.ocp Ab. m Abraham Symon Simon writer Simon, Abraham
pers0036.ocp Rev. d Rev. D r Dr. D Wheelock recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0092.ocp Groton Groton
place0048.ocp C. t Connecticut Connecticut

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org0037.ocp Dartmouth College Dartmouth College

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1774-10-17 OctrOctober 17th17th 1774
1774-10-17 OctrOctober 17. 1774

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