Philander Chase



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Chase plans to embark to England, staying in New York first. Asks Wetmore to look over the proceedings of his property, farm, and the lease of his tenant.




Cincinnati, OH


Sophia Chase; Mr. Douglas; Salmon P. Chase; Mrs. Russell; Sarah; seminary; England voyage; Worthington, OH


To Dr. Wetmore

Dr Sir,

I hope under the direction of the leading hand of Divine Providence, I have determined to go to Old England. The object is to solicit the means of establishing a theological school for the education for the ministry and for the aid of our Missionary Society. When Philander was appointed to go (poor dear Boy, his mind was willing but his health since worse and worse will not can not permit) there was a vote passed tho I believe rescinded for mere shame it would occasion on the [minutes], that there should be security given that in he were lost at sea or should fail in the project the money for his outfit $500 should be refunded. Now as it is more convenient for me to enter into Security with others than with the Board of managers for the Society I shall do it and will wait till in N. York for the main part of my [?]. Mrs. Chase and the three Children together with Salmon will go on together and the first of Oct. is appointed for my embarkation for Eng. Mrs. Russell and Sarah will spend the time of my absence with her Brothers [in] Indiana. I shall if God permit set off on our journey on week from this day (it is now Monday the 2nd of July). If you fear God and love the Lord Jesus Christ in whose cause I am embarked, you will pray for me that I may be kept from all evil and guided into such measures as may tend to God’s glory, thro’ medium of his Holy Church. This is my most earnest regard.

As to my worldly affairs: you have my power; [?] If Mr. Douglas fulfil his lease and he should wish it: it is my wish he should take the place another year in preference to all other applicants. If he should fall short materially; or should desire to decline, I beg of you as my agent and friend to do the best you can in getting another Tenant on the same terms with those now expressed in the lease. In which case let there be security to your satisfaction in the amt. of Double the [?] property concerned that all things will be conducted well.

I send you an acct. of the leather and hides at the Farmers in Worthington. It is my particular request that the Leather be neither sold nor lent; but that all of it, as it comes from the Farmers be preserved by you entire untouched till I come (if God permit) to Worthington: or send for it.

The wool was to be sent to Delaware to be manufactured on even shares. If it was so received well, I desire you to receive my part of the cloth and preserve it till we come. Of the Delaware factor [...] were unwilling to receive it, [...] Mrs. Douglas, as she herself proposed, take and manufacture it, on equal shares.

All articles of produce belonging to me - after even Division with Mr. Douglas, such as Butter Cheese and animals (except sheep) preserving the old stock, I desire you to dispose of for chas; and out of the avails pay all lawful taxes.

If Mr. Douglas thinks with you that the stock ought to be diminished, I wish it may be so.

Insist upon all accounts being kept plain and easy to be understood; not on [different] scraps and to be brought together at my coming; but to be seen at one view.

If things shall have been conducted to by satisfaction at Worthington; it may lead to more important consequences than you imagine. Let the lease be fulfilled and do the best you can for your sincere friend,

Phil. Chase

Letter to Dr Wetmore



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