Timothy Wiggin



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Wiggin tells Chase that the success at Oxford has exceeded his expectations and that he is sorry Chase has begun to miss his friends in Ohio, but hopes he will remain focused on the cause in England. He tells Chase not to worry about a disapproving article published in the Patriot Critical and that Mr. Wheaton has already published his dissent. Wiggin also updates Chase on the health of his friends and family.




Oxford, Rev. Ethelstom, Bishop of Bath, Bishop of Wells, Patriot Critical, Mr. Wheaton, Mr. Haigh, Mrs. Bateman, Eliza Wiggin, Mr. Strutt, Mr. Shaw, Platt


Manchester June 18, 1824

Dear Friend

Your [fwd] of Wednesday from Oxford, came to [hand] this day, and the contents gave me much pleasure. Your success at Oxford has Exceeded my reputions, and the support given to the cause there will leave a favorable influence elsewhere. I am sorry you begin to be so anxious to see your friends in Ohio. but I hope you will not lose sight of the important object which brought you to this Country, or permit that desire to influence you to return, till the object shall be attained. You have made great sacrifices for the good of the Church, and I trust many generating, yet unborn will bless your memory for your unparalleled [?], and [?] toils. When you compare what has passed with your prospects you, and I would therefore say persevere unto the end.

Since I wrote you I have seen the Revd. Mr. Ethelstom, Fellow of the Collegiate Church, and he told me the Present Bishop of Bath & Wells had spoken to him most favorably of you and of the cause. I hope he has done some good have, and that liberal subscriptions will be raised in some of our neighbouring towns, when it may be convenient for you to air it there. I am distributing the [?] by your trustees, where I think it will do good, and do not fear the Article in the Patriot Critic. I am pleased however to learn that Mr. Wheaton disapproved of it, and thought of publishing his disappointment. My friend Mr. Haigh & Daughters, from Huddersfield were with us last week and were much pleased to hear of your success. I gave him one of the [statements] and sent one to the Vision to Mr. Allen & Mr. Whitaker, who are all good friends. I believe the subscription has [?] there and he told me he would pay it in in a few days; Mrs. Bateman makes inquiries after you as do all other friends have, and the former (that is, Mrs. Bateman,) wishes to have a proof engraving from Mr. Strutt. He may therefore send 4 to me if he should not receive further advice. I doubt not others here would be glad to have them, but I have been too much engaged lately to call on them. Mr. Shaw has been out of town and I have not seen him for some time.

Elize recd. your note and read it with interest and attention, and will write to you soon. Our house has been filled with visitors most of the time since she received it, and she has not had time to reply.

The Holidays have now commenced at Platt and the children are in the full enjoyment of health and spirits. William makes many curious enquiries. He inquired the other day, who puts out the Moon & Lights it out again. They will rejoice to see you among them & me more, but I dare not tell them they are soon to have that pleasure, because I respect you will be more usefully employed for some months. Your change of scenes society & prospects furnish you with interesting matter for correspondence, and I hope you will not fail to write me, when you have leisure. I know you have many letters to write and am therefore disposed to the indulgent, but remember this must be your only excuse. All are delighted to hear from you and [desire] their kind regards in which I most cordially join and remain Dr. Sir your sincere and faithful friend

T. Wiggin

Letter to Philander Chase



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