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Charlotte and Mary Ward thank Chase for his letter and regret that they will not see him again.







Right Revd. & very dear sir,

To attempt to thank you for your most invaluable letter, would indeed be fruitless. We hope you are more aware already, than we can ever hope to express by words, of the sincere and deep gratitude which we feel for this and all your kindness to us. We will rather say that we trust and pray, the pression made by your words upon our hearts, may be lasting, as it is deep; that we may never forget, the privilege we have enjoyed in your society, or your parting admonition. Every sentence of your letter is indeed a treasure in itself, but when we consider from whom it proceeds, and how unworthy we are to receive it, we can only pray that we may become more and more like to the model which you have so beautifully held up, for our imitation, and that the description you have given us of a truly Christian family, may be realized in every member of ours. Never can the last blessing we received from the Apostolic lips of Bishop Chase be forgotten: O! May we never cease to pray that our own negligence may not cause it to be withheld! If sincere though humble prayers may avail at the Throne of Grace, how earnestly will our be put up for your safe return to your country, and that in happiness and every blessing, your invaluable life may long, very long, be spared to it, and above all that if we should never more meet here, we may finally meet in Heaven; that it may be so with us all, let us ask your continued prayers, as we have before asked your blessing, and in the perfect assurance “that the fervent prayer of a Righteous man availeth much” and that we shall possess those of Bishop Chase, we say less painfully that sad word, “farewell.” For he has taught us that it will not be forever.

With the sincerest respect, we beg to remain, dear sir,

Your ever obliged,

Charlotte & Mary Ward

Horkesley Parsonage

July 12th, 1824

Letter to Philander Chase



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