Geroge Marriott



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Confidential letter: Bishop Hobart visited Marriott seeking peace between himself and Chase. However Marriott does not want his name to appear on Chase's subscription list until after the matter is resolved.




London, England


England voyage, Bp. Hobart, Ohio, college, General Theological Seminary



9th Feb. 1824

Private and confidential

Rt. Rev. and dear Sir,

I write today chiefly to prepare you for a letter of public importance to-morrow, and to beg you will secure that letter being forwarded to you, if you are leaving Leeds too soon to receive it there by the Post. Most unexpectedly I have had a letter from Bishop Hobart proposing to call on me, which I encouraged with all the kindness and respect I could shew, and in consequence yesterday had nearly two hour conversation with him, on a pacificatory measure which he wishes to submit to you. He called at your lodings with a view to discuss the subject with you, but could receive us decided intelligence when you might be expected to return to Town, and then came to me, having seen a letter in which I expressed a strong wish that some measures, not unlike what he meant to propose, should be adopted, to quench the element of discord, and put a stop to that which threatens to be a schism, where [?] is of paramount importance. For this purpose I said in that letter I had written a letter for your eye (now at my Brother’s) and the chief purpose of it is to recommend the placing of your intended Seminary under the control of the general Seminary as to the main regulations of doctrine and discipline, leaving all minor regulations to Diocesan and local regulation. This led the Bishop to me, and never was I employed in a measure more consonant to my strongest feelings than as a Mediator between him and you, with reference to the important religious interests which seem to me at stake. I shall pen my to-morrow’s letter in a way suitable to the public character it may very probably assure, and use my opportunity today of saying that I think my name had better not appear in your list of subscribers (if not already printed) till after this measure of conciliation has been considered and discussed. I also now sincerely wish you to return with the least possible delay to Town, tho’ but for this event I should have most earnestly wished you (where I hope you will go before you quit England) at my Brother’s house in your way here.

Excuse the great haste in which (to save the Post) I am obliged to write this. Subject to God’s will and wisdom, to which I would submit all things, I do heartily pray that the proposal I shall submit to you by authority of Bishop Hobart may, either as it now stands, which, in my humble and little informed judgment is very unexceptional) or in some modification, be the means of effecting that peace which you, I am confident, prefer above every consideration but the [paramount ones] of Christian truth.

This letter will be entre nous. I am ever, with great truth and sincerity, Rt. Rev. and dear Sir most devotedly [yours]

G. W. Marriott

Letter to Philander Chase



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