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Bishop Chase sends a letter to Reverend John Henry Hobart wherein he discusses the size of the Congregation is too large for the space he has to preach. He is saddened that because of the lack of space, some forego attending his sermon. As a result, he seeks some advice from Reverend Hobart.
Poughkeepsie, NY; Fishkill, NY; salary
Chase, Philander, "Letter to Rev. John Henry Hobart" (1805). Philander Chase Letters. 3.
My dear Brother;
I am much pleased with the prospects, which seem to open for good of the Church, in this City. The [?] which the Protestants have discovered in bringing about an establishment, is much to their honour, and [?] well. They have alone nobly in the Salary Subscription, many of them as high as 100$ per anni. Men with much left[over] fortune than your great folk in New York. I have perceived that every [?] has been strained to make up the Salary: -- what we are to do for a Church God only knows. I know not of a more important place for the firm establishment of the Church than this City.It is the key to the whole northern & northeastern regions; Throughout which it can spread the Light and Faith by means of the Themes. But, at present, [?] means are few and the ability small. The meet[ing] in the Court room, which is even at present, not sufficient for the Congregation -- many have to go home for want of room.
I intend, if God be willing, to set sail for New York in the beginning of May. Our voyage will probably be that of one month; after the expiration of which, I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you one more [time].
I have written to our Beloved Bishop, and to the Vestry, of Poughkeepsie & Fishkill, signifying my resignation of the Rectoryship of those parishes. My stay at the north ward must not exceed two or 3 months; in this time I must visit my friend in North Hampshire [?].
One of the more painful reflections, that alters the contemplation of my living is this peace is that of being deprived of friendly & improving intercourse with my Brethren, the Clergy.This had will nigh [?] several times. But the thoughts, that I might be more [g]rateful here, than elsewhere, seems to put my mind to rights. This perhaps would not be the case, did I not indulge the pleasing hope, that you would all remember me, and write to me, and encourage me, yes, dear Brother, in this case I beg of you to exe[?] the golden rule. Do to me as you’d wish a Brother Clergyman, whom you loved, should do to you, were you in my condition. If you’ll do this, I shall be sure of your Counsel - your friendship, and of all the news you can afford me.
My best respects to Mrs Horbart & compliments to all my friends without [?]. I am your affectionate brother,
New Orleans, Decem 12:05 Philander Chase
[To:] Reverend Hobart