Philander Chase



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Philander Chase relates his recent travels and fundraising in Virginia.




Jubilee College, fundraising, Virginia


Washington D.C. 23 June 1840

D. Brother

I know you will be glad to hear from me again tho it be only in a letter of a few lines.

My passage thro Vir[ginia] was a pleasant one and somewhat more rapid than I expected. Last Sunday I preached twice to crowded and very attentive [?].

Tomorrow I preach at Georgetown and I think on Friday next at Bladensburg.

On Sunday morning 28th I shall if God will preach in Mr. Hawley’s Church and in the evening at Trinity where once I had the very great happiness of administering the Holy Sacrament to you, my best beloved Brother.

On the beginning of the week I think of going to Baltimore and thence onward. I know not with what speed.

You and the dear ones around you who love and think about friends and relatives with so much affection will be glad to read the following.

My dear Wife had written me that our Quaker coach in which we had travelled so many 1000s of miles and which in perilous times had been so often broken, had at last failed and [quite gave out] and she knew not what to do. For situated as we are there is no doing without such an article.

You know I have no salary and all that we can rake and scrape scarcely keeps us from the temptations of encroaching on the College funds and [?] on the future sale of our Gilead farm to refund and pay. What then could be done to purchase another Quaker Wagon?

Just as this question [can] painfully debated in my own mind I re[ceived] a letter while at Petersburgh V[irginia] dated in England and purporting to come from a Cousin of Mrs. Chase a Mrs. Charlotte Marriott containing a power to draw for 70 pounds (about $300.) presented as a memorial of regard and affectionate recognition of Relationship between her and us and for our own benefit.

I immediately wrote to our cousin [Benjamin] Chase in Phila[delphia] to purchase the Quaker Coach and harness for [that] money and read the same (via [?]: [?]) to my dear wife at the Robins Nest.

The teachers and pupils of the High School of Va Alex[andria]) have sent me $80 for Jubilee!!!

With most affectionate regards to all the dear friends in [?] [?] & [?] I am Dearest Brother

Your faithful and loving brother

Phi[ander] Chase

Letter to Dudley Chase



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