Timothy Wiggin



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Wiggin is telling Chase what developments have happened since he left. He thinks not much more can be done in the region because the High church already has collected people's donations.




Machester, England


England voyage, Mr. Knight, London, England, Mr. Hayden, Bp. Hobart, George Marriott, Bartlett's Building Society, Josiah Pratt, Platt Hall, Hammond Roberson, Reverend Wilson


Manchester March 22nd 1824

My Dear friend

The day after you left us I [received] a letter from the Vicar of Halifax, directed to you, which I opened, and it was filled with kind expressions, and a statement of the amount of donations in that place which he stated to be about £80. This he intended to visit in a few days to the Treasurer with a list of names. He had not heard further from Bradford. The Reverend Mr Wilson, Vicar of Preston, a most respectable Gentleman, was on a visit to him, and he desired Mr Knight to inform you that he should be glad to see you at Preston. If you had not left [us] before that invitation came I should have desired you to accept it. I wrote to Mr Knight, in reply, and desired him to inform Mr Wilson, that you would most probably accept his invitation and visit him at a future time. I have also received since you left, a letter from Mr Roberson, whom you intended to have visited, to meet the [Rubric] Club, which I shall send you, with other letters, in a parcel to London. I do not think much good would have been done there, as he says the neighborhood is poor and I doubt whether he could have introduced you favourably to Wakefield Mr [Hadyn] and Mrs Hayden spent yesterday with us, and they were greatly disappointed on hearing you had left us. They expect to sail for New York on the first [proximed], and will be happy to take charge of anything you may send to their care. Yesterday I had a letter from Mr Pratt in reply to my two letters which accompanied the [minute] of agreement, and he wrote that he coincided with us in opinion that Bishop Hobart ought to remove the obstacles he had thrown in the way of our collections, by publishing the agreement, or its substance, in the British Critic and Christian remembrancer, and that he had told him so, otherwise he should consider the agreement [?] and Bishop Hobart had the subject under consideration, and he intended to call on him today for his answer

This is all that has occurred of much importance since your departure I am making some additions to the subscriptions, but not much more can be done here because the High Church party has already supported the cause. This morning I had the pleasure of receiving our favour of the 20th and rejoiced to learn that your health had rather improved that part of your letter which informed me of your interview with your go [?end] Mr Marriott gave me more Joy than I can describe, for you know I have always been anxious to have your cause supported by [Bartlett’s] buildings and that I have always indulged a hope that his influence would finally prevail there. I think you have done well in going to Nottingham and Leicester, and your prospect of meeting your two friends at Cotesbach, is no less gratifying to me than to yourself.

Mr Pratt thinks that you should be in town soon. I would therefore suggest the propriety, of your going up there direct from Mr Marriott’s. All at Platt Hall remain as you left them regreting [sic] your absence, and anxious for your return.

My next letters will be directed to you 10 Feather stone buildings, London, unless your [] [] should give them a different destination. Mr Pratt was much grieved at the [account] I have him of your dear Son and would have expressed his sympathy if he had known where to address you.

Believe me always sincerely and faithfully yours.

T. Wiggin

Letter to Philander Chase



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