286 Thomas Hollis to Edward Wigglesworth

    London Sept. 28, 1723

    Mr. Professor

    Deare Sir

    I have received your letter dated July 11, which I doubt not is very good, but so small a character I must guess at the sense. I beseech you if you write me any busines as requires an answer never write to me any more so, If you will not write larger (for I doubt not but you can) get some one to transcribe it in a character I may read, or else never write to me again. It is a paine to me who vallue Mr. Wigglesworth to think or find I cant read his letters.

    I have written a long letter of this date to Mr. President. I desire you to read it—I cant repeat. I think I never writ a letter of that length with more difficulty in my life, and yet have reason to bless God. I was able to write that, the contents were so much upon my heart. I have done more then I well could—however they may manage or think of it—and also that where as my own Father was quite blind at my Age that I am able to see and write at all Glory be to his Name.

    I have written sundry melancholly letters lately about your country and College affairs if you are minded to read; on asking I supose anyone will shew you my letters, Dr. Cotton Mather, Benjamin Colman, Mr. Flint, Severs, Welsted and your President. My love unto you, wishing success to your Studies and Lectures, the Lord the Spirit attend you, and them, with his illuminating influences.

    Your Loving Friend

    Thomas Hollis

    [Endorsed:] received March 12.

    [Addressed:] For Mr. Professor Wigglesworth at Harvard College neare Boston by Capt. Lethered.

    Hollis-Leverett mss, Houghton Library.