Timothy Wiggin



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Wiggin is giving Chase advice on the new publication of his appeal hoping to get the support of Dr. Gaskin and other doners. Bishop Hobart has finally given an endorsement of Chase's mission.




Manchester, England


England voyage, Reverend Wheaton, Bp. Hobart, Dr. Gaskin, Lord Kenyon, Lord Gambier, Josiah Pratt, Hammond Roberson, Mr. Reade, Mr. Fawcett, Mr. Vale, Appeal, Mr. Johnson, Bartlett's Buildings Society


Manchester March 29 - 1824

My dear friend

In my last letter directed to you, care of Mr Marriott, I gave you my opinion of Mr Wheaton’s proposals. A further consideration of the subject has confirmed that opinion. If you were to accede to their proposals, your cause would give all the influence that would induce contributions, and I suppose it would be expected that you and your friends would apply for them. What inducements do they hold out? It looks to me like a proposal of copartnership from a person without capital or activity, to one who has both. Perhaps the harmony and [charity] of the church may be looked to, but in what way, it may be asked, have your proceedings first either in jeopardy, or what danger can be apprehended from your plans? I say none if no [?] measures should be resorted to to oppose them. I presume the agreement was signed, and that Bishop Hobart is not now willing to remove the obstacles to our success, as publickly as he placed them in our way. I consider this last proposal as a [?] to get rid of that first claim which we have upon him. If he does not choose to comply with our request we must do as well as we can without his influence. I will only add that it would ruin our plans for procuring subscriptions generally, if the real wants of Ohio were to be united to the pretended ones of New York and Connecticut. All the Americans I have seen say that applications for the two latter are [?table].

I hope you will gain the support of Dr Gaskin and that this gentleman will write you a note giving his sanction to your application, and if one could also be procured from Lord Kenyon it would be of great use. I now think a second edition of the appeal may be advantageously published, and with it such communications as have been, or may be, made, in writing by persons of eminence, such as Lord Gambier, Lord Kenyon, Dr Gaskin, Dr Calvert, (our [?]) approving of your application but with the permission of the parties to that effect. And to this I would append a list of subscribers names and [terms]. Perhaps it would also be proper to publish (before the names of subscribers) that clause in your agreement with Bishop Hobart, which states, that the friends of the Episcopal Church in America who have opened a subscription on behalf of the Diocese of Ohio are authorized by Bishop Hobart and Bishop Chase to state that both these [?] sanction the application? This would answer out purpose as well, as to have it inserted with the British [Critic] and Chrisian Remembrances — I give you my opinion openly and fairly, but at the same time confess my incompetency to advise, and that I have full confidence in your judgement and Mr. Pratt’s. With this I send you a letter from Mr. Knight, also one from Mr. Roberson both of which attached to in [sic] mine directed to your Post Office Leicester. I also [found two other letters once from America and the other from Mr. Reade both of which were received on Saturday. You will see what Mr. Reade recommends, and I have written to him in reply that I thought you would visit those places before youve [sic] left the Country. I also informed him that you were on your way to London. Perhaps it would do good if you should wite to Mr. Fawcett, and to send him some appeals. This morning I rec’d the letter from Mr. Vale and shall not write to him as I so not know what your agreement was respecting the Stereotype plate, but my impression is that it would be a [distinct] present. I hope you will write to him in reply to his letter which I found he[re] with. If you should conclude to publish, the the new edition of the appeal, approbatory notes and letters, I will ask Dr. [Calwith’s] permission if it should be thought best to publish his. You know he is high Church, adn would be a little particular about his company.

The new appeal, with the same in the agreement as on the other side, might be put into the hands of the head Clergy in every turn, where contribution may be asked for and it would probably remove any unfavorable impression that Bishop Hobart’s writings my have occasioned. Mr. Johnson of this place now says that Mr. Norris informed him that Bishop Hobart had withdrawn his opposition, and further that he always thought well of your cause. I am anxious to know what [?] you meet with at Batlett;s buildings and how the submissions have gone on in the London [?ace] all well at Platt and remain most sincerely yours —

T. Wigggin

To the Rt. Revd Bishop Chase

10 Featherstone buildings

Near Holborn


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