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Still concerned about "Hill" leaving Youngstown for Newark. Comments on impropriety of word "call." Ought to be referred to as "invitation."

Date

2-1863

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letter, McIlvaine, Bedell

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Saturday Ev.

My dear Bishop,

Yours of the 4th just rec’d. I did not consider the increased cost of paper. Probably it would be best, instead of printing the Letter in pamphlets - to confine it to the W. Ep. and print copies of that enough to send to one to every Clergyman [who enters] or not. But if it shall be put on pamphlets, 90 copies will be enough - 5 for me. Why should Hill leave Youngstown for Newark? I agree as to Newton for [St. Pauls] Cleveland, if [?] does not call him, of which I hear nothing - Indeed I have heard nothing about any thing there since I wrote before. We have been [embargoed] out here with snow. I should propose getting [?] back to St. Paul’s even to having Newton go there. Finke is a great worker of [?] - regulant, unscrupulous. But he and Starkey are so uncongenial to one another that I have not much fear of any common scheme between them. Starkey, like others [complain] that [F], goes [into] his parish & [enters] [?] to his. Besides the one is a gentleman and the other is not. Finke is very much disturbed even by good and gentle McCarter. I don’t know any thing about [?] - but if you do that is enough. You ask me if this periodical d[?] of things has been my experience all the while [of] my [?]. The periodicity I can not speak of but often & often the same phase has appeared. The truth is as soon as we in the poor West get a man of promise, at once he is enticed away to some Eastern [?] - They [?] supposed that such men are much more needed there than here- that about any thing will do out here, comparatively - & work still [our] men of [promise] identify an [eastern] & [city] congregations with a larger field of [?]ness & consider [vestry]-calls [three] times made, of course as coming from above. I wish we could lay aside the world call - It sounds so big, so imperative, so like duty - when so often it is only such a selfish thing as Newark call to Hill - Invitation is better.

As to [Dyer’s] letter, as I did not see [in] [it] what we did not know before, I did not send it - but I now enclose it. I do not see why a President can not be found as well by correspondence as by going personally. A personal acquaintance made for the occasion is a [null] [basis] of [judgment].

Letter to Bishop Bedell

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