Timothy Wiggin



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Wiggin advises Bishop Chase to focus his efforts on winning over Lord Gambier and hopes that Chase will remain untied to any party within the church for the sake of his success in winning widespread support.






England voyage, Bp. Hobart, Lord Gambier, Sir Thomas Baring, Mr. Crosby, Mr. Norris, Platt Hall


Manchester Dec. 1 — 1823

My Dear friend,

Since I wrote you on Saturday I have rec’d your favour of the 27th and notice what you State respecting your plan of geting [sic] a few [Irritable] persons to examine into your plans, and finally to have them laid before the public in such a manner as they may approve and I think that the most judicious course you can take. I also much approve of your intention to avoid making yourself a party man here or in America, and Sincerely hope it will not become necessary. If however you should be unable to account satisfactorily to your friends for the insinuations of Bp. Hobart respecting your views (but I hope he has not made any) I do not see how you can do it effectually if you should not intimate that his anxiety for the Institution in New York, may have carried him too far —

I do not see that I could be of any material Service to you if I were in London, and it would be exceedingly inconvenient for me to leave home just now. If Lord Gambier should interest himself in your cause I trust there will be no difficulty in establishing the purity of your motives, and in this I will render you all the aid in my power — Sir Thomas Baring is I presume a friend of Lord Gambier, and if he should become one of your friends it would be of much service to your cause. I notice the substance of your convenation with Ms Crosby and think it correct, but beg leave to suggest the propriety of your avoiding every communication that you would not be willing. I have told to Mr. Norris: I doubt not he is friendly, but being of the party that I fear is opposed to you, I should bear that in mind —

I cannot help help thinking that almost everything now depends on your success with Lord Gambier, and if he should feel disposed to assist you, his advice as to the selections of friends to aid you in bringing your case before the public, would I think ensure your great success with those who are attached to that party, I hope you will not be exclusively confined to one party, but fear you will not find the two parties in the Church here willing to act in Unison — I wish you to accompany Lord Gambier [to] his Country residence, and doubt not [you] will accomplish what I sincerely [hope] for, namely his Lordship influence in favour of your plans — N [all as] is not at Platt Hall and feel a deep interest in your affairs —No one will feel more sincerely disappointed than Mrs N if you should be disappointed — I will only add that I wish you to take time enough to accomplish your views and remain my dear Sir sincerely yours,

T. Wiggin

Letter to Philander Chase



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