Christ’s Coll[ege], Cambr.[idge], Nov.[ember] 3. 1702. Worthy S[i]r, I have been embroyld w[i]th College businesse these 3 weeks or a month, else I had pay’d my respects to you sooner. We have had the small pox in our Coll.[ege], but the sickman is recover’d, and all the rest stand guard[?]. I fear[?] by your letter, your just care and concerne for my L[or]d; and I hope he will make you a due returne. He is very well, brisk, and I hope well pleased w[i]th every thing he is concern’d in here. He is placed in our new building, w[hi]ch is a fine aery place, and as safe as if he was in the country; He is every day w[i]th me or I w[i]th him, so as he shall not want all the good advice I can give him; I will truely say that of him once for all, he is so discreet and prudent as not onely to know good counsel, but to take and observe it; which makes me promise my self and you, assured hopes of his improvement in all Virtue and true Bravery[?] and Nobility. He is not at all afraid of the small pox, yet so wise as to keep out of all danger. God blesse us all. W[i]th my most humble service to the Right Honour[a]ble Lady; Mr Machel; and your worthy self, I am, (Worthy S[i]r) your most faithfull and obedient servant John Covel.
Christ’s College Library, Box 24
Published on Jun 6, 2013
John Covel was Master of Christ's between 1688 and 1722. In this letter, he describes the progress made by sixteen-year-old Edward Machell I...