Philander Chase



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Philander Chase discusses fundraising succeses during a visit to South Carolina




Jubilee College, South Carolina, Philander Chase, Charleston, finances, fundraising


South Carolina [P-] [?] in Jubilee College an account of its original form.

An extract from Mr. Chase’s journal.

1840. June 6. Breakfasted by by invitation at the home of Gen. C.C. Pickney so long and so justly continued by Washington, among the most trustworthy of American Patriots. Present, his daughter, the heir of his virtues and estates; the Rev. Bishop elect of this diocese, two other Clergy men, and [?] dies— wife Sarah Rutlege a relative of the Pickney and Ms. Lounder, widow of the late member of Congress. Many pleasant things [?] in conversation during the refreshments of breakfast but that which followed afterwards exceeds them all.

The subject of Jubilee College was introduced and with it was mentioned a proposition to found a “South Carolina [?] in [?].” The paper containing this plan and the terms of it I had drawn up in the morning be for the coach came to take me to his blessed breakfast. I was asked to read over it. N.B.— the principal is not to be paid till the year of our Lord 1850. The interest at 7 percent to be forthcoming every year at [?]; the first year [interal] dive in 1841 and so on for nine years, or until 1850. The whole sum necessary is $10,000 high at the preferred rate will bring in annually $700. This with a good house and garden a farm of ten acres, and full of coal and wood all free of rent, is deemed sufficient to maintain a [?] and his family.

To [?] what helped we had that this proform this will be made up in South Carolina. I referred to an article published in The Episcopal Recorder of the 23 of May last where in it was set forth that certain gentle [?]. Col. Rich and for [?] Matthews Parish Range District, S. Carolina, had most generously pledged himself to be one of the three who would raise this whole sum.

In this article by the Recorder was very full of undefended compliments to myself I thought proper to retire into the Library while the Rev. Mr. Wallace read it to the company.

When I returned which was in some 15 or 20 minutes Miss Pickney addressing me said “if you will accept a Lady for a subscriber I will be one of the three responsible for the whole sum” !!

I need not tell you how deeply I was affected by this liberal offer made with much [?] [simplicity] and [?] certainty of heart.

Soon after this, as I was leaving the room, and about to descend the steps, Miss Sarah Rutledge whispered in my year that “she would give the one sixth— the half of what her relative had given— if she also could be addressed as subscriber to so glorious an [?] but with her name to be [unsealed]”!!! (“dear angel spirit”! Thought I.” How can this be? Hide the soft rays of the gentle virtues and the [highfulness] of thy good example? Never! Gather the sunbeams with [?] hand and confine them in a [?] as soon.

I went with the Rev. Mr. W. to ask the [?] advice of legal gentlemen and [?] the [?] paper [enproped] for signature. This was all done in due form: so that before night I saw the one half of the ten thousand dollar [?] firmly secured.


Whitman Monday 8th June quite well attended St. Michael’s Church. I was in the channel under the floor of which rest in peace the earthly remains of the two late most [?] Bishops of South Carolina. How could I refrain from being moved at this to [?] fact checking as they were [?] [?] to me? Lend would I help extending my thoughts a little further? As I have already told you near the channel wall outside is the humble grave of my dear son and [?] with the following inscription: good life.

Journal Entry 1840-06-08



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