Joseph Johnson, letter, to Eleazar Wheelock, 1775 February 14

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[note (type: abstract): Johnson asks Wheelock to recommend him to John Rodgers so that the latter can petition for donations on Johnson’s behalf.][note (type: handwriting): Handwriting is somewhat scratchy, though largely clear and legible. Letter case is occasionally difficult to decipher.][note (type: paper): Large single sheet is in fair conditon, with moderate-to-heavy creasing, staining and wear. There is no loss of text, though the condition of the paper occasionally renders it difficult to distinguish between punctuation and spotting.][note (type: ink): Brown-black.][note (type: noteworthy): Some of the contents of this letter are similar to those in manuscript 775165. The trailer is written in Wheelock's hand, as are some random notes in the right-hand margin of one verso.]
[Opener]
  My kind and worthy Benefactor 
with humility, Love and  Gratitude I sit [my ſelf | myself]my ſelfmyself down to write few lines to you my  [Hondd | Honoured]HonddHonoured Patron. (and with much [hast | haste]hasthaste. —) I [recieved | received]recievedreceived your kind  Letter, dated January [23,d | 23rd]23,d23rd[1775-01-23] last evening by the hand of [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr.  [R. | Ralph]R.Ralph [Pomery | Pomeroy]PomeryPomeroy[pers0433.ocp]. for which I give you my hearty thanks, I had  thought that your worthy [Perſon | person]Perſonperson had not [deſigned | designed]deſigneddesigned to write to me.  or that you had heard [ſomething | something]ſomethingsomething, and did not [ſee | see]ſeesee it in your  way to help me. and I was greatly dejected, and [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost [diſ­ ­couraged | dis couraged]diſ­ ­courageddis couraged. but the Lord in whom I trust, whom I fear, Love,  and [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose to Serve all my days, hath been [pleaſed | pleased]pleaſedpleased to [mani­ ­feſt | mani fest]mani­ ­feſtmani fest his approbation, (towards the Noble Undertaking, in  which [cauſe | cause]cauſecause, I have given up my all, to bring ^[above] it^it about,) in his  [provoiding | providing]provoidingproviding for my relief in a [wonderfull | wonderful]wonderfullwonderful manner, even when  I was in the greatest straits and [almoſt | almost]almoſtalmost in [Deſpair | despair]Deſpairdespair. — and  [Bleſsed | blessed]Bleſsedblessed be the Name of the God of [Iſrael | Israel]IſraelIsrael, who hath never  been found [Unfaithfull | unfaithful]Unfaithfullunfaithful, or unkind. who will provide for  [thoſe | those]thoſethose that doth really depend upon his Divine Beneficence.  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev., [& | and]&and kind Sir; I have been to New York[place0308.ocp], and the Lord  hath [raiſed | raised]raiſedraised up, for me good Christian friends. — I was  in the City[place0308.ocp] 15, Days. and I preached there three [diffi­ ­rent | diffe rent]diffi­ ­rentdiffe rent DTimes. and a Collection was [propoſed | proposed]propoſedproposed for my relief  and Encouragement two [Diffirent | different]Diffirentdifferent times. and there was a  very honorable Collection made, worthy of the Generous, and  Noble Spirit, of the Wealthy Inhabitants of that renowned  City[place0308.ocp]. for which [kindneſs | kindness]kindneſskindness I [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless the Lord daily. —  I had Sufficient Collected for me, to discharge all my  debts, and [alſo | also]alſoalso to [purchaſe | purchase]purchaſepurchase ^[above] things^things [neceſsary | necessary]neceſsarynecessary for my [preſent | present]preſentpresent [Sub­ ­ſiſtance | sub sistance]Sub­ ­ſiſtancesub sistance. namely little [proviſion | provision]proviſionprovision. — I did not go to New [­york | York]­york York[place0308.ocp] [untill | until]untilluntil I was quite discouraged waiting for the  [anſwer | answer]anſweranswers to the Letter I [ſent | sent]ſentsent to your worthy [perſon | person]perſonperson. —  I believe that I [ſhall | shall]ſhallshall have encouragement, the [enſuing | ensuing]enſuingensuing year  or [Seaſon | season]Seaſonseason, from the Board of New York, or Philadelphia[org0102.ocp], I am  not certain howe[illegible]ver, the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. Rodgers. D.D.[pers0640.ocp] [illegible][guess (cassandrah): in]inA [Pracher | preacher]Pracherpreacher  in the [Preſbeterian | Presbyterian]PreſbeterianPresbyterian ^[above] old South^old South Meeting [houſe | house]houſehouse[place0302.ocp] is a Member of that  Honorable Board[org0102.ocp], who is remarkably friendly. to whom  I humbly, and [earneſtly | earnestly]earneſtlyearnestly, [deſire | desire]deſiredesire you would write [ſoon | soon]ſoonsoon  as [poſsible | possible]poſsiblepossible, if your worthy [Perſon | person]Perſonperson can recommend me. to  him, and make him believe that you think that I am worthy ^[above] of notice^of notice  [illegible][guess (cassandrah): or]orand [deſerving | deserving]deſervingdeserving of Encouragement, I [ſhould | should]ſhouldshould be [illegible]Exceeding  glad. he believes Me to be worthy^[above] [Deſerving | deserving]Deſervingdeserving^[Deſerving | deserving]Deſervingdeserving of Encouragement. I  preached for him three times. and he was very [deſireous | desirous]deſireousdesirous  of helping me. but he thought proper, that [ſomething | something]ſomethingsomething  Should be had from thee: a Recommendation. — he [ſeems | seems]ſeemsseems  to think if proper Steps be taken. he can obtain for my  help, [illegible][guess (cassandrah): ob]ob Encouragement — fifty Pound Sterling Per Annum.  befriend me, if you [ſee | see]ſeesee it in your way. —   
My loving Patron, I want all help that a poor well  [diſpoſed | disposed]diſpoſeddisposed Creature can [deſire | desire]deſiredesire. I am empty handed. I have  no [purſe | purse]purſepurse neither have I any thing to put in one, if I  had a [purſe | purse]purſepurse. — [nevertheleſs | nevertheless]nevertheleſsnevertheless I will step forward. — and  Stagger not. — I am [Satisfyed | satisfied]Satisfyedsatisfied it is [beſt | best]beſtbest for me to know  and ever bear upon my mind that my [dependance | dependence]dependancedependence is  upon the Lord [a lone | alone]a lonealone. — O that I may ever live like a  poor [Dependant | dependent]Dependantdependent Creature. — having my Eyes, and heart  fixed on the Lord. —  I Shall write to my friends in New York[place0308.ocp] directly.  and I [deſire | desire]deſiredesire again that you would not fail to write for  the Honorable Board[org0102.ocp] of which I made Mention will  [ſet | set]ſetset, or meet together by the first of April[1775-04-01]. when the  [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Doctr | Dr.]DoctrDr. Ro[illegible]dgers[pers0640.ocp] will peti[illegible]tion for me. — and he will  do it with double Courage if he has few lines from you.  I know not the Gentlemans Christian Name. but he  [promiſed | promised]promiſedpromised to write to you, and [deſired | desired]deſireddesired me to write [alſo | also]alſoalso.  but if he has not wrote the [sureſt | surest]sureſtsurest way would be  to Send a Letter to [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. James [Lazly | Lesley]LazlyLesley[pers0326.ocp], my old [Maſter | master]Maſtermaster,  who lives in the City of New York[place0308.ocp]. keeping a School there.  and [incloſe | enclose]incloſeenclose [Doctr | Dr.]DoctrDr. Rodgers[pers0640.ocp]'s Letter [therin | therein]therintherein. be [ſo | so]ſoso good as  to write full, and get as much help for me as ever  you can from that quarter. or from that Board[org0102.ocp] of  which [Mr | Mr.]MrMr. Rodgers[pers0640.ocp] is a Member.. [&c | etc.]&cetc.: —   I am [pleaſed | pleased]pleaſedpleased to [ſee | see]ſeesee the Indians in [theſe | these]theſethese parts [ſo | so]ſoso  engaged. I believe that there will be upwards of  Sixty young Indian [illegible]men from the Seven Tribes  that will [Sit of | set off]Sit ofset off from hence by the [13th | 13th]13th13th of March  next[1775-03-13]. to be [deſtinguished | distinguished]deſtinguisheddistinguished as noble Spirited Indians, who  will do their [uttermoſt | uttermost]uttermoſtuttermost to get good, and do good, —  who will [diſtinguish | distinguish]diſtinguishdistinguish [themſelves | themselves]themſelvesthemselves from the [illegible][guess (cassandrah): [lazzy | lazy]lazzylazy][lazzy | lazy]lazzylazy  [Lazzy | lazy]Lazzylazy crew that [refuſes | refuses]refuſesrefuses the good offers made to  them in these Latter Days. — Pray for us. that  we may obtain [bleſsings | blessings]bleſsingsblessings from on high. and that we  might be [bleſsings | blessings]bleſsingsblessings on Earth. [bleſsings | blessings]bleſsingsblessings to one another  and [bleſsings | blessings]bleſsingsblessings to many of our Poor [Weſtern | Western]WeſternWestern Brethren  who are [periſhing | perishing]periſhingperishing for lack of knowledge. O pray for  me in a more particular Manner. that the Lord would  [bleſs | bless]bleſsbless me by implanting his divine fear in my heart  and in giving me true humility and [Stedfaſtneſs | steadfastness]Stedfaſtneſssteadfastness in  the ways of Religion, that he would give me grace  Sufficient for me. [&c | etc.]&cetc.: — I [purpoſe | purpose]purpoſepurpose by divine leave  to be at your [Reſidence | residence]Reſidenceresidence by next Commencement.  with my friend [Joſeph | Joseph]JoſephJoseph [Briant | Brant]BriantBrant[pers0093.ocp].   
[Closer]
I am your humble  Pupil, and real [wellwiſher | well wisher]wellwiſherwell wisher  in great [haſt | haste]haſthaste. — [Joſeph | Joseph]JoſephJoseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp]. — 
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^[right] [Fr. | From]Fr.From [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Jos. | Joseph]Jos.Joseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp]^[Fr. | From]Fr.From [M.r | Mr.]M.rMr. [Jos. | Joseph]Jos.Joseph [Johnſon | Johnson]JohnſonJohnson[pers0288.ocp]   ^[right] [Feb.y | February]Feb.yFebruary 17. 1775[1775-02-17].^[Feb.y | February]Feb.yFebruary 17. 1775[1775-02-17].  ^[right] 25 Dollars £7,,10,^25 Dollars £7,,10,  ^[right] 4 Crowns — 1,, 6,, 8^4 Crowns — 1,, 6,, 8   ^[right] 11..6^11..6   
^[below] To the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock, D.D.[pers0036.ocp]^To the [Revd | Rev.]RevdRev. [Eleazer | Eleazar]EleazerEleazar Wheelock, D.D.[pers0036.ocp]   ^[below] and [Preſident | President]PreſidentPresident of Dartmouth College[org0037.ocp]. —^and [Preſident | President]PreſidentPresident of Dartmouth College[org0037.ocp]. —
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People identified in this document:

id Text in document Role in header Authorized Name
pers0433.ocp M. r Mr. R. Ralph Pomery Pomeroy mentioned Pomeroy, Ralph
pers0640.ocp Rev d Rev. M. r Mr. Rodgers. D.D. mentioned Rodgers
pers0640.ocp Rev d Rev. Doct r Dr. Ro dgers mentioned Rodgers
pers0326.ocp M. r Mr. James Lazly Lesley mentioned Lesley, James
pers0640.ocp Doct r Dr. Rodgers mentioned Rodgers
pers0640.ocp M r Mr. Rodgers mentioned Rodgers
pers0093.ocp Joſeph Joseph Briant Brant mentioned Brant, Joseph
pers0288.ocp Joſeph Joseph Johnſon Johnson writer Johnson, Joseph
pers0288.ocp M. r Mr. Jos. Joseph Johnſon Johnson writer Johnson, Joseph
pers0036.ocp Rev d Rev. Eleazer Eleazar Wheelock, D.D. recipient Wheelock, Eleazar

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place0143.ocp Mohegan Mohegan
place0308.ocp New York New York City
place0308.ocp the City New York City
place0308.ocp that renowned City New York City
place0308.ocp New ­york York New York City
place0302.ocp old South Meeting houſe house Old South Meeting House
place0308.ocp City of New York New York City

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org0102.ocp Board of New York, or Philadelphia Synod of New York and Philadelphia
org0102.ocp Honorable Board Synod of New York and Philadelphia
org0102.ocp that Board Synod of New York and Philadelphia
org0037.ocp Dartmouth College Dartmouth College

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1775-02-14 February 14th.14th AD 1775
1775-01-23 January 23,d23rd
1775-04-01 first of April
1775-03-13 13th13th of March next
1775-02-17 Feb.yFebruary 17. 1775

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& and
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