Philander Chase



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Philander Chase apologizes to his niece for neglecting to write back to her.




Philander Chase, Rachel Denison Jr., Vermont, Kenyon College, correspondence



4th Sep’t 1849

Very dear Rachel!

The many cares with which I am surrounded, and the heavy labours that I have to perform notwithstanding my bodily infirmities, have prevented me from answering before now your very good letter dated soon after your return to Vermont. Besides it was always [?] from me going the round of being read by Mrs Russell Mrs S. Chase &c.

Last night it came home and seemed to reproach me for my neglect to answer it. Even now what shall I say? But that we are all in good health & spirits and all all [sic] our affairs prospering y the mercy of Him who has always watched over us for good.

Sam’l has gone to N.H. and will leave there with his Mother the two sweetest children that ever lived Ruth & little Sarah. How long they will stay there is not known

His duty pressing him to return soon I fear he can not this time go [once] you

Had you returned his way you know not how much pleasure you wd have afforded us!

The ninth No of my Motto is now in the press. It contains a sermon of my beloved son the Rec Dudley Chase which I know will please you. What is said to the members of the Convention of Ohio will (a few copies thereof) be sent off separately by tomorrows mail. I hope it will do good in saving Kenyon College from the Hammer.

Pray say every thing which fraternal affection dictates to my only Sister your excellent and much revered Mother and to your Father make my kindest regards acceptable.

Don’t fail to give me pleasure in your esteemed correspondence. Tell me all the news about our Bethel & Royalton friends

Ever your loving Uncle

Phr Chase

Letter to Rachel Denison Jr. (Niece)



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