Letter of John Davis to Frederick Baylies




Your letter of October 15[2] was received and laid before the Corporation of Harvard College. They voted on Wednesday last that you be allowed fifty dollars for your voluntary and benevolent services among the Chappaquiddick Indians, previously to your employment by the Corporation.[3]­­  The Corporation approve the suggestions from the Reverend Mr. Thaxter[4] and yourself relative to the employing some portion of the time in instruction, and have voted that in future, you preach once every Sabbath to those Indians, and that the other half of the day be employed by you in keeping a Sunday School for instructing them, in such manner as shall be thought most beneficial, and that you be allowed at the rate of five dollars for every day that you shall be thus employed.  The former vote which I communicated to you limited your employment to six months after you should receive notice of the appointment. It is understood, that you are now engaged in this service (in which I wish you much success) until further order shall be taken thereon by the Corporation.  You will make your draft quarterly on me, as Treasurer of Harvard College for your compensation. Your first draft will be for the fifty dollars granted for former services and for the amount of your weekly [5] allowance up to the first instant, and afterward quantity during the continuance of your mission. It may be well to accompany your drafts with a letter of advice. In all other concerns relating to the mission you are requested to correspond with the President of the College.[6] If any school book or religious tracts are wanted, you will inform the President who is chairman of a Committee on that subject.


Your obedient servant,


 John Davis

Treasurer, Harvard College

Boston, January 10, 1811





[1] Frederic Baylies, missionary to the Martha's Vineyard Indians

[2] This letter had not been located.

[3] On February 12, 1810, the Chappaquiddicks asked the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel to provide funding for Baylies, who had been working in their community for about a year and a half.  Mandell, "Eager Partners in Reform," North Carolina Scholarship Online.

[4] Reverend Joseph Thaxter of Edgartown

[5] Deleted text: services

[6] Josiah Quincy