Lord Gambier



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Gambier is sorry that Chase has decided to return to America that summer as he is certainly needed in England, but assures him that his friends will continue his project. He updates Chase on the subscription progress and says that he will reach out to his friend Mr. Clay for aid as well.




Voyage to America, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Henry Clay


Iver Grove 23 June, 1824

My very dear Bishop

I must confess that the arguments contain’d in your letter of yesterday are but too conclusive for you to decide upon your returning to the U. States this Summer -- though I do very much regret that so it must be, for the continuance of your presence in this Country would very much advance the accomplishment of the object of your visit here; -- but I trust the many friends you have made amongst us will continue their zealous endeavors to promote the pious Cause in which you are so zealously engaged.

Having taken the determination to depart this Summer, it will be prudent for the reasons states in your letter not to delay doing so beyond the time you mention; for you must reckon upon a passage across the Atlantic of six weeks rather than of a month; from the prevalence of the westerly winds at this Season of the year, but I must have the pleasure of taking you by the hand once more before you set off on your journey. I intend to go to London on the first of the ensuing month when I shall hope to see you -- if you leave London on the 2nd of July you will have sufficient time to make the tour you propose by Bristol and thence by Manchester to Liverpool, to sail from that place about the 16th of July and as there is so much intercourse between Liverpool and New York you will probably find a ship sailing about that time, in which you may take your passage.

I will return to you the Copy of the “instrument of donation” by this post -- one part under another cover.

It is stated in the instrument that. “Provided also that the sum of ten thousand dollars or upwards be given in England for the maintenance of the said Seminary “&c.” Should there not be some provision made for the disposal of the money raised in this Country, in case it should fall short of the sum of ten thousand dollars I had written thus far when I recollected that more than ten thousand “Doll” was already collected, I have therefore erased it.

I will write to our friend Mr. Clay in answer to his letters and will beg to charge you with my letter.

I remain My dear Bishop with the highest regard and esteem

Your very affectionate

and sincere friend


Letter to Philander Chase



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