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Thomas Holme struggles to raise money for James George's scholarship at Jubilee College.
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Holme, Thomas, "Letter to Philander Chase" (1849). Philander Chase Letters. 1326.
Please write to me as soon as you receive the money --- direct
The Rev. Tho. Holme. East Cowton
Yorkshire Jan 25, 1849
Right Reverend & very dear Sir
When your letter arrived yesterday I was at Richmond giving a commission to my Bankers tehre requesting them to instruct Messrs Barclay to pay to you through some Bank in New York the sum of £20 of which £10.19.4 is for the education of J. George at Jubilee, and the remainder £9.0.8 is for Mrs George being a sum due to her from Mr Nelson her Trustee which she requested me to send to send[sic] her through you. I am sure you will be glad to have it in your power to do her this kindness, & that you will take an early opportunity of remitting the above sum to her. I find upon consulting my Book that I have still a balance of between three and four pounds on hand in your favour, & I hope that by the end of the present year or early in the next I may be able to send you another, I will hope, a larger remittance. I need not say that I am grieved that I cannot raise a larger sum but the calls on charity in England are so numerous both on public & private occasions that a stranger cannot easily conceive the difficulty there is in obtaining donations from those who have it in their power to give -- I have only met with one church in which I could obtain permission to plead the cause of Jubilee & the cause being foreign & not easily appreciated the collection was only £1.15. It is humiliating to mention this circumstance, but I hope that from private sources I may be able from time to time even after J. George shall leave Jubilee to send a trifle in support of so important an institution. I was much gratified by Dr. Totten’s testimony in favour of Jubilee, though your own name must be a guarantee to all who know you that selfishness has no place in the establishment or management of a College which must produce such incalculable benefit as well to our own beloved Church as to the state in which it is situated -- Agreeable to your request I will take an early opportunity of transmitting Dr. Totten’s Letter to our worthy Bishop, who I doubt not will be gratified by the perusal -- I trust the Lord will give you the privilege of living to see His work prosper in your Hands. Believe me, dear and esteemed Sir, it is often my prayer, & I doubt not that of many friends in England that your hands may be strengthened and that you may be blessed in your own soul -- I wrote to you some two months ago requesting you to send in an acct of J. George’s expenditure -- As you make no allusion to this letter I conclude it has never reached you. As I wrote by the same Post £ dear Mrs George & without receiving an answer I am afraid that my letter to her also has been lost. I have not time to write to her by the present post but I hope that I shall be able to find an opportunity of doing so by the next mail. By the time that this reaches you my eldest Son I hope will be at or near your Continent -- He sailed as Naval Instructor in H.M.S. Daphne for Valparaiso in I.A. last December. Though this place is far from Illinois, I little thought that the time wd ever come when he would be nearer to you than to me. In these last times when men are running to & fro is it possible that any of mine shall ever see you or yours in the flesh -- With every [?] of esteem I am dear Sir yours very truly T. Holme