Duff Macfarlane



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MacFarlane runs correspondence between Lady Rosse and Revd. Chase, asks him to meet with a student named John Campbell, and tells him about more books she has bought him.




Lady Rosse, G.W. Marriott, John Campbell, Lord Kenyon, books, Oxford, Oriel College, Mrs. Marriott, Dr. Routh


Cippenham near Maidenhead

June 18th 1824

Right Revd & very dear Sir

Were you less fully & importantly occupied I might write a good deal. As you are which I rejoice at, I shall say at present little more than what seems necessary. I recd the letter I enclose from Lady Rosse [just] as before I left London yesterday & could not read it [till] I was on the road. I think it will be most [satisfactory] by [Revd] to see it. I had mistaken something she said of the Archbishop of Dublin, which makes her say what she begins with. What follows is very nice & if you go to Ireland & have Lord Kenyon’s introduction to his grace it will be all right. I write to [Mrs] [Marriott] right by this post to beg her to [enquire] about

an [organ] that no time may be lost. I pray that it may please

God to spare her Lady[ship] a little longer if it be His Gracious will. I am par[ticularly] pleased that she says of seeing your Revd. I told her that the time of your going was as yet uncertain. Few things could give me more pleasure than going with [your] [Revd] to see her altho’ I probably appeared to you to think it impracticable when you mentioned it at St. [Pauls]. I fear it is so but not I assure from want of inclination in me. I must now tell your Revd how delighted I was by [Mrs] Marriott’s reading to me your letter of 15th I think must have been the date [received] just before I left [?]. It was quite a cordial to me to hear of all the attention you had received. I think Dr. Copleston’s most of all remembering so well your description of your first visit to Oriel. I trust & doubt not that all will do well & your self [&] [cause] be blessed & have the protection of our Heavenly Father [Continually]. Mrs Marriott had forwarded a letter which she said she thought & hoped was from Mrs Chase & most sincerely do I hope it was & that it conveyed good accounts. I will ask for a few lines when you return Lady Rosse’s letter. If you can write [no] more than to tell me so. I really would not wish you to write much however pleased I [should] be to hear of your success, knowing how little time you can have for [writing] [others] to write [a] letter [entitled] & more necessary. Lord Kenyon was so kind as give me the two last letters he had received from your [Revd] to read on Wednesday evening at Mr. Marriott’s. There was a nice party there & I wished your Revd. had been. The Bishop of St. David’s & his Archdeacon & his son, [Mr.] Middleton, Dr. [Inglis] & I had some conversation with the latter & was grieved to hear of the [increase] of Unitarianism in his part of America. I asked [leave] to send him some copies of Mr. Roger’s [Discourse] which he readily gave & I was very glad to have the opportunity of [joining] them. I should like to have Lady Rosse’s letter returned as soon as your Revd. can conveniently. I think the best way may be to send it to Lord Kenyon to forward to me as I [should] like him to see it. Will you be so good as just say so — you will perceive it is strictly private & only for your own perusal, only it may perhaps be [well] for Lord Kenyon [to] [see] it, and there is nothing of the kind but may be seen by his Lordship & Mr. Marriott. I have put the proper direction to me at the top of this sheet. Cippenham near Maidenhead. There is a young [Scotchman] at

University College whom if your

Revd should have an opportunity I [should] be glad if you enquired & talked a little to. His name is John Cont[?] Campbell. He is studying for the church. I have never seen him but have been [?] requested to recommend him if I could. He is a very distant relation of mine I believe, his family is very respectable but not rich. I should be glad to know your opinion of him, & if you could with propriety introduce him to any of your friends it might be an advantage to him & it would be pleasing to me if you think him deserving. I mentioned him to Dr. [Niesl]. I hope you may see him & still more [Dr] Routh. I must not detain your [Revd] longer. I would beg to be sometimes remembered in your prayers as the greatest kindness you can confer on me & am with the greatest respect & esteem, Right Revd. & Dear Sir.

Most truly & faithfully,

Duff Macfarlane

Your Revd. of course knows that Lord Kenyon is at Gredington. I have not said that I received your letter that was missing nor how very much I value it. I got a good many books for your Revd. on Tuesday [morning], tho’ not all I am [?]. A very nice copy of the family Bible, rather very nicely bound, pray tell me if you would like Pitman’s edition of [?] Patrick [?] Arnold [?] all together, it is a work in 10 large [?] volumes, or those authors’ works separately. I think I shall return to London about the 20th. I suppose your Revd. will remain at Oxford beyond that time. Please mention as far as you know.

Letter to Philander Chase



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