Philander Chase



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Chase expresses his condolences for the death of Rev. William Jones and tells Lord Kenyon's daughter of the respect he has for her father.




Lord Kenyon, Rev. Jones, William Jones


The following is a copy of a note addressed to the Hon’l Miss Kenyon Daughter to the Right Hon’l Lord George Kenyon.

written in July 1824 at Peelhall the family residence of his Lordships Aunt.

“Very Dear Lady,

A most affectionate attachment to the character & writings of the Late Rev. William Jones of Nayland, entertained respectively by your Noble Father and myself has led to an acquaintance between us so signally beneficial to the infant Diocese of which God has made me Overseer in Ohio, that I wish to leave some testimonial both of my reverence of the Saint of Nayland, of my respect and gratitude to your Father and above all of my deep sense of the over ruling and directing hand of divine Providence.

Under God it is to Jones I owe those sentiments of the primitive Church which have by a peculiar blessing led to whatever little usefulness has been visible in my life. By his holding up the light of the divine truth I saw Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone, & the prophets & apostles as next in order in the Spiritual temple of the Living God; & it was to be the humble instrument of founding and erecting such a temple in the wilderness of the west that I left the comforts of the east of my dear Country.

To obtain means to complete this temple I have come to this favoured land. And here--O how visible has been the directing power of God!--In surmounting difficulties by patiently bearing them--in putting down error by the simple exhibition of truth--in overcoming evil with good, how visibly hath God built while man has attempted to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ!

For your Rt. Hon’l & Noble Father’s signal exertions in my behalf may he be placed a favoured Stone in this heavenly edifice; and may you, his Daughters be as the Polished corners thereof--and All of us remain cemented by charity the bond of peace till we be translated into that Temple eternal in the Heavens, whose walls are salvation and whose gates Praise.

Ever most faithfully

your humble friend

Philander Chase

Letter to Miss Kenyon



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