Letter to Philander Chase

Letter to Philander Chase

Robert Marriott

[Colebatch] June 17th

My dear Friend,

I must in the first place thank you for two kind and interesting letters. The one received this morning makes me glad that I did not go yesterday to Rugby for the purpose of accompanying my nephew Charles to Oxford, as it confirms my suspicions that you [will] probably be returning to London at the end of this week.

You experience the truth of what Hooker said that this world is made up of perturbations. It is perfectly necessary that it [should] be so if we are to comply with the exhortation of the Apostle “let patience have its perfect work. That ye may be perfect and entire wanting nothing.” “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, says the Prophet, whose mind is stay’d on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

You are right in your recollection of my having urged the publication of the Cincinnati Protest and that I gave as a reason that it must come out sooner or later. Your reasons were unanswerable for delaying the publication, but it seems my words are likely to be verified.

The Reverend George Danberry of [?] in Warwickshire and son of the Reverend Dr Danberry of Bath so well known by writings in vindication of the Church of England has given me five pounds for the Ohio fund, which I directed the Lutterworth Bankers to pay in London. He told me he was sure that his father would be most happy to see you at Bath.

I am glad to find that you meet with so kind a reception at Oxford, and by what I hear from Dicey I conclude you have been successful at Cambridge. He and Mrs. Dicey are about leaving home on a three months tour into Germany on account of his health. He told me yesterday that he thought they should set out in about a fortnight but not without further advice. This neighborhood has been much disturbed since you left it by the Framework knitters, who think their employers keep their wages too low and are determined not to work themselves or let others till their wages are increased. This has occasioned some very [?] agreeable disturbances and I have [?] fears that it may lead to more serious consequences. One of Dicey’s tenants got a broken head in attempting to keep the peace in Claybrook. I have once been called upon to quell a riot but before I reached the place peace was restored. So you see we are not without our proofs of the truth of good old Hooker’s reflection upon leaving this world. I was much interested last week in a visit to the neighbourhood of many of my father’s relations in former days in Northamptonshire and examining their tomb stones, and was particularly delighted by an interview with a very old man whose cheerfulness, good sense and humility were very striking, as were his looks. George would have been highly delighted with him. Mrs. M writes with me in kind regards and good wishes for your success. Pray remember me kindly to Mr. Wheaton when you see him.

Was sincerely and affectionately yours

Robert Marriott


Robert congratulates Chase on his successes at Oxford and Cambridge and tells him of some disturbances involving Mr. Dicey's tenants.


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