Sam Johnston



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Johnston offers condolences for the death of Philander Chase Jr. and tells Bp. Chase that his friends in Cincinnati are eager to see him.




Philander Chase Jr., Cincinnati, Mr. Sparrow, Washington Repertory, Mr. More


Cincinnati, 7th July, 1824

Right Rev. and Dear Sir,

It is so long since you have been gone to England & now about time to calculate on your embarkation for America that it seemed hardly necessary for me to write. I had resolved several times to address you but as I had nothing new to communicate and as you were expected home in April I omitted it. Mr. Sparrow thought it was as well — I had calculated on receiving a letter from you, but the goodness of Mr. Chase has been more than ever proved in sending us the substance of your trials and successes. I can assure you Dear sir I have watched with great anxiety the [issue] of your voyage & errand & I have spent many hours and days in hunting up journals and pamphlets that had any bearing upon the great question of Theological [seminary].

I sent four hundred protests to every part of the U.States as also the [answer] to Presbyter. These publications with the aid of the Washington Repertory I trust have been of some service to the good cause.

The death Dear Sir of your amiable son was received with that resignation in England. I should judge by your letters that characterized your feelings previous to leaving Ohio. He has left us where sorrow & pain & discord never approach but where peace & joy & gratitude forever dwell — His character has been beautifully delineated by Mr. Rutledge in the address delivered at his funeral, something however will be seen in the Washington Rep. for July.

While Philander has gone respected for we trust that even his loss will be made up in the just government and holy aspirations of the great head of the church. The latter part of the address of our Convention of 1820 respecting the death of Mr. Burge has often occurred to my mind & introduced us to hope that all things will work together for good to them that love the Lord.

It gives us great pleasure in that notwithstanding the strange objections & serious opposition to your plans, that Divine Providence has borne up your spirits & enabled you to persevere in what you humbly conceived to be your duty. Your gracious efforts I trust will be crowned with success. May the Lord continue to favour you and yours. We all feel interested in your welfare & long to see your face again in Cincinnati. There is nothing particularly new in the [?] at present. Mr. More has doubtless written you again. Mr. Sparrow is pretty well. Mr. H[ammond] has been quite low but has recovered so as to walk a few steps. We are a good deal alarmed about Sister A[nllam] whose health is very delicate.

I am dear sir

Very respectfully,

Your friend and servant,

Sam Johnston

Letter to Philander Chase



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