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Philander Chase approves of Erastus Burr's conduct and updates him on life in Illinois.
Philander Chase, Erastus Burr, Illinois, Jubilee College, Jubilee Chapel, Kickapoo
Chase, Philander, "Letter to Erastus Burr" (1848). Philander Chase Letters. 1314.
Jubilee College Nov 6 1848
To the Rev Erastus Burr
My dear Sir:
I was made quite happy by reci’g your fav’r of the 16 Ulto (how long is a letter coming from Ohio!!)
Of y’r judgment, your conduct and sympathies I heartily approve.
You do not however enter at all into the real merits of the cause of my complaints against the [proceeding] of Ohio touching the Theo’l Sem’y which under God I founded in that Diocese. When you shall have read the “Flew Plain questions answered” which I now have the honour to send you, I trust you will speak out your mind in words of truth & soberness
It will give you pleasure to learn that tho’ our numbers are yet few in Jubilee College, yet we are prospering and our expectations of permanent and lasting success in our ways of well-doing and brightening.
The Rev. Dr Totten late president of Trinity College Connec’t is now with us. He preached two Sermons in Jubilee Chapel and one in Brimfield Stone Church, 6 miles off in the [?] sunday before last, and last sunday (yesterday) he preached ten miles from thus in the morning in the Stone Church limestone Prairie in the morning and in Kickapoo Village 2 miles from us in the Afternoon in a brick Church soon to be consecrated.
The Churches are (as it were) Swarms from the Old hive Jubilee Chapel. How wonderfully God hath blessed us! At first we had only our own family and 3 or 4 others to kneel with us in our log Cabin and now the No of Communicants who attend on festivals days is nearly 200.
Our Rev Guest seems delighted with all he sees and hears about us and we trust by being furnished with means of inspecting all things will be enabled to give a most cheering acct of his Visit to Jubilee.
I preached yesterday and administered the Holy Communion of the Lords Supper in Jubilee Chapel. Nearly all our Students are communicants, who are of sufficient age-- and it is delightful to see the little band press forward to receive the pledges of divine love.
I am recovering gradually from the affects of my two accidents of Rib breaking. My back is getting better yet slowly: so that by next summer I can complete the visitation of my beloved Diocese.
Mrs Chase returns thanks for the kind remembrance of Mrs Burr and heartily reciprocates all good wishes to her & yourself.
Pray remember to the Dear Kinneys I never shall forget them. Don’t let them forget their & your sincere friend