Robert Marriott



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Guilsborough, Illinois, Mr. Wiggin, Lord Kenyon, Liverpool, Jones of Nayland, Sir Thomas Case, R. J. McGhee, Richard Pope, Hugh McNeill, Mr. Buddicome, Melvill, Sherwood Gilbert & Piper


Colesbatch Nov. 9. 1835.

My dear Friend,

Your very kind & welcome letter followed me to Guilsborough where I was staying with my Wife & children.

I suppose your new diocese of Illinois has many English & Irish settlers in it & that is the best plea you can make for aid from us, tho’ you don’t mention it.

It must be a great delight to you to be staying with your old friend Mr Wiggin, & to have the pleasure of once more seeing & conversing with that truly noble man Ld. Kenyon. I think we are now reaping the benefits of his presiding at a “Protestant Meeting” at Liverpool last year in the vastly increased energy of the anniversary of that meeting this year on Thursday in the week before last, when when [sic] 5,000 persons were assembled in the theatre & nearly as many more seeking admission. Oh think my friend what encouragement is this to you to do good, to “cast thy bread upon the waters,” valuing as you justly do the writings of Jones of Nayland. How often have you assured me that there was no writer to whom you was so much indebted. “The good men do lives after them,” &, may we not add, multiplies beyond conception. If my old neighbour Sir Thomas Case who was also under the tuition of Jones had imbibed his principles as Lord Kenyon did, it wd. in all probability have been the saving of him, & all his connections from “a world of woe” which I with much grief have witnessed, & he wd. have been the delight & comfort of this neighbourhood & of the conservative interest in this Country.

I hope you have read the speeches of the Revd. R. J. McGhee & the Revd. Richard Pope in “The Liverpool Standard” of October 30th, I wish in a few instances the printing cd. be corrected so as to make the sense clear for the purpose of reprinting those speeches & circulating them all over the Kingdom. What cd. the society for promoting Xtian knowledge do half so effectual for the coming crisis. All the tracts they ever published on the subject of Popery wd. not excite half the interest, no nor a twentieth part of it, as the account of this late meeting of [protestants]. The only objection I can apprehend wd. be little notice of the Protestant Church, & that perhaps wd. have been an objection with Jones were he living, tho’ I think he might have considered the deficiency well made up by the speeches of the Revd. Hugh McNeill & the Reverend Mr. Buddicome. How Ld. Kenyon must be delighted with the whole of the speeches of that meeting. Pray procure a copy of [Melvill’s] sermon on Rom:12.15. in No.679 of “The pulpit” Sherwood Gilbert & Piper, 23.P.N. Row.” The first printed copies were wretchedly in correct as you will see if you procure the two & compare them throughout as I have done I hope we shall have the pleasure of seeing you here before you leave England. We are going out to-morrow for two or three days & I know of no other engagement that is likely to take us from [home] at present. I shall hope to see you in better spirits that when you first introduced yourself to me with “My name is Marriott.” Believe me ever to remain

Your sincere friend

Robt. Marriott

Letter to Philander Chase



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