Josiah Pratt



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Pratt has sent 100 copies of the "Appeal" for Chase to distribute to the people he meets on his travels, so they can forward their names and subscription fees to the Treasurer. He wants Chase to stay in the North until April and come to London again in the spring.




London, England


England voyage, Manchester, England, Appeal, Mr. Cox, Christian Observer, Parliament


London Feb 5th 1824

Right Rev. and Dear Sir

I am greatly rejoiced to hear that you are so happy in your visits to our friends, and in your prospects of succeeding in your great and important object, and pray God to counsel to you His goodness and mercy.

In the uncertainty whether you would be found by my last communications at Manchester or at Allestree, I sent the parcel to Manchester and wrote by post to Allestree. I meant to state this in my letter; which you will, perhaps, find to be the case on looking at it again. I have thought it best to send, by coach to-night to Derby, 100 copies of the “Appeal”, directed to you at Mr. Cox’s; as it strikes me that it would be desirable to follow the suggestions of our friends, and proceed [now] to Sheffield, Leeds, and such other places as you may have opportunity to visit. The Christian Observer will have made your object known all over the Kingdom; but it will be desirable that you should every where have with you copies of the “Appeal”, to be distributed in every town and place that you may visit. There appears to me, My Dear Sir, no kind of impropriety in your delivering, in any company, copies of the “Appeal”, and of stating, as I presume you do, your great object and cause. Some good friend in each place will collect and forward the subscriptions to the Treasurer, [?]. I take the liberty of mentioning this [line] of proceeding, as you seem likely to extend your visits in the South, because it appears to me to combine the delicacy and efficiency at which we [?].

As opportunities are so favourably opening, it strikes me that you could not do better than to impose them. If you could thus advantageously spend even to the month of April, among our liberal friends in the North, it would be preferable to your being in London. Our great season here is the month of May. Having visited the North, you would have [first], say from the middle of April, through May, and June, and July (before Parliament breaks up) to do all in London (visiting Oxford and Cambridge from London) with the greatest advantage, at the time when the Metropolis is most full and most pleasant. I do not say this, to lead to your staying in the country at all beyond the time which can be there profitably employed; but only to shew you that so long as opportunities thence open before you, within the period above stated, so long it seems desirable that you should embrace them. As I wish to get out a new Edition of the “Appeal” with names of Subscribers, I should be happy to find our friends forwarding their names and remittance to the Treasurer. If you decide, as I conclude you will, on staying in the country, I will supply you with, or forward to the respect in places, more copies of the “Appeal.” My family unite in every respectful regards. I beg my kindest remembrances to Mr. Cox, and am, Right Rev. and Dear Sir,

Your faithful [?]

Josiah Pratt

Letter to Philander Chase



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