Philander Chase



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At York, Chase met Mr. Gray. Mr. Pratt suggests that Chase meet as many people in the North of England as possible. Bishop Hobart may help Chase get a Branch School in America. Chase is astonished, but is afraid of what will happen if he refuses the offer.




York, England


England voyage, Christian Observer, British Review, Manchester, England, Josiah Pratt, Appeal, Liverpool, England, Mr. Vale, Platt Hall, William Gray, Ohio, college


To T. Wiggin Eng.

York Feb 13th 1824

Very dear Friend,

I have just arrived in this place and had the pleasure of seeing for a few minutes, Mr. Gray Esqr, to whom I had letters of introduction. He had been apprised of my coming by the arrival, to his care, of 100 of the appeals and a letter from Mr. Pratt. Having read the Christian Observer and the Brit. Review of this month he was put in possession of information of facts and statements so as to obviate most of the difficulties which hitherto have attended my first introduction. Henceforth I humbly hope my way will be plain before me. From what Mr. Gray told me of the probable interest to be taken in this town, and from the circumstance of its not being expected that I come here again, I think of remaining here for several days this I say that you may know where to direct any thing of immediate importance to me. All my letters from this kingdom I beg you will open to ascertain this - and also to see if they will benefit you, at Manchester in the kind exertions you are taking in my favr. My letters from America if any arrive I should be glad to see tho’ at some additional expense: you will therefore have the goodness to forward them if they can arrive here before next Thursday if after that period unless otherwise advised - to Hull. But I shall write you again.

Mr. Pratt is pleased with my agreeable detention in the North and thinks that a month or six weeks more spent in this way will forward my objects better than being in Town. He says he is about getting out a new edition of the “Appeal,” and suggests the great utility of having as many names from the country as possible. To that end he begs that the sums collected might be sent on to the Treasurer with the annexed names of the subscribers respectively, as soon as possible. You will have the goodness to act as your own judgment shall dictate. A letter from you to your merchant-friend in Liverpool to this effect might do good. I shall write to Mr. Tho. Cox Derby and to the good Vicar of Chesterfield and to Mr. Vale of Sheffield.

Astonishing and beyond all evidence if my eyes did not convince me it is true!! That my [good] Brother of N. York notwithstanding all his former objections to the suppliant attitude of begging, has thro’ a friend proposed to become a sharer of the Collections and as an inducement holds out the hope of getting me a Branch School, thro’ his influence, in America!!! At the same time I am led to expect that if I refuse, the consequences will be very unpleasant to me when I shall have arrived in America!!!

As God has hitherto supported me I hope he will now not desert me; but that all my doings being ordered by his governance may be righteous in his sight thro’ Jesus Christ our Lord amen. I will write you more of this matter soon. In the meantime I beg you will make my best regards acceptable to all, especially to Mrs. Wiggin and all at Platt Hall. Benjan W. Chase’s kindness to his uncle will never be forgotten.

Ever yours

Philan. Chase

Letter to Timothy Wiggin



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