Duff Macfarlane



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Miss Macfarlane states that she will pay for the blankets that Mr. Wiggin is to tell Chase about. She hopes that the effects of an "un-Christian" article in the British Critical will soon fade. She will make sure that Chase's boxes are sent to him before he leaves for America.




Mr. Wiggin, Lady Rosse, Mr. Boweller, Bishop Horne, British Critical, Dr. Jarvis, Mrs. Chase, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Marriott, Lord Kenyon



Eltham, July 12, 1824

Right Revd. & very Dear Sir,

I must not think too much of this being the last time I can write to you in England, or I shall not feel able to write what is necessary, and I know that you will have so much to attend to, when it comes quite to the last that I must not write much more than is necessary. I hope that you have received the letter I directed to the care of Mr. Wiggin at Manchester, in case of the chance of your not I repeat that I beg & depend on your getting the blankets, for the payment of which I shall be answerable, and that Mr. Wiggin let me know how I can pay it, as I have said I cannot say exactly how I shall have the money made up. But I do not fear getting it managed. I could not bear that you should not have them. Whatever contrivance I make, were I to be [?] all my life a [?] I think I should not feel happier for it when I am dying. & it only requires to being that hour [?] to our minds which to make anything be meet with or feel in our way to it of little importance except how we may live and act as to secure peace then. Do not suppose however that I expect difficulty in managing this affair. You say that what I wrote of it seemed providential & I am sure your giving me the opportunity of further assisting your good cause seems to be so and I could not but do it again. I must thank you here my dear sir for so truly confiding in me. I doubt not that I can mention to to dear Lady Rosse & that she will enter into it. But I think I shall rather defer mentioning it for a little time, as the other things come to rather more than we calculated upon. For there were some books and some things I could not bear to omit. But there is no fear of anything. Money appears to me indeed worthless to our [?]ily when not employed in the service of God or so as to promote His glory. & then it is valuable. Here was I intercepted by the arrival of your most welcome letter of the 10th. Every word was interesting to me & it is altogether a greater treat & comfort to me than I can describe. How I rejoice that you have seen Dear Lady Rosse & to hear of her from you! An acquaintance that will be perfected in bliss! My dear Mr. Boweller wishes as is the case that his mortal [port] should rest at Bishop Horne’s feet. Their bodies lie in the church and of this place which I seldom walk out without visiting, he used to say could he but hope to be at his feet in Heaven he should be content. I could say something like this of you and Lady Rosse, yet even this idea may be more earthly than we shall feel there. When the pleasure of our all glorious Redeemer will be the centre of all joy & so that we may see this, our joy must be full. I must not write more, but you will excuse me, I know I am so glad you received my letter of the 8th & are so happy. I hope that the effect of that un-Christian article in the B. Critical will be gradually removed. I have been sending the letter. There I think it may do good & shall continue to do so. I only write to Mr. Hodgson to deal with the receipts of your boxes. I hope all will arrive safe & in time, the man was so dilatory in sending the Pocket Communion Plate that I could not get all sent to the coach till the last moment. I shall be very glad to know that reaches safe. In the green bag is a small parcel with flannel & muslin from Mr. S[?]’s for Mrs. Chase & the youngest child. I took courage and wrote a letter to Dr. Jarvis, I always have thought I’d like to express my esteem for him & tho’ mine individually is nothing as my father’s daughter I thought I might venture & that a copy of Mr. Roger’s discourse & of Mr. Lyon’s sermon might be acceptable. The latter is with my letter in the green bag. The copy of Mr. Rogers for him is in the box with Mrs. Chase’s things. Will you take it out at New York & send it & the sermon & my letter altogether to him. I wrote at last more in haste than I could have wished. I thought it would do no harm to say something of you Dear Sir, I had your friends think of you & how they value you. I daresay I shall think of things I cannot now after this is gone. I saw Mr. Marriott for ten minutes Friday & I hope he may come here for a day next week. I am very glad you have seen Lord Kenyon again, how good he is! I wish you could have been here...I must say farewell, if you can write me a line before sailing I need not say I shall be delighted but I cannot ask you to add to your trouble. Now I thank you for remembering me in that way & in your mind. I pray & hope you will meet in happiness your dear wife and children. Remember me most kindly to Mrs. Chase.

Yours ever, Right Rev. & very dear sir, most graciously and affectionately,

Duff Macfarlane

Letter to Philander Chase



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