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Miss Macfarlane tells Chase of her visit to see Mr. and Mrs. Wiggin and wishes him well in America.




Timothy Wiggin, Mrs. Wiggin, Stratton Hall, Lady Rosse, Mrs. Chase, Mr. Bowdler


Right Revd & very dear Sir,

I think you will be pleased to see that I am here, and also to hear that I have had the great pleasure of participating with your excellent friends in their joy and hearing of your safe arrival at New York. By your recd. letter of the 6th Sept. this day received you will I think be apt to exclaim how curious & to think as I do how many extraordinary circumstances & events have been attendant & consequent on your visit to England. How little did I think when I first heard you mention Mr. & Mrs. Wiggin and your first visit to them on arriving in England. That I should see them or still less be their guest, I cannot be so as long as I could wish or they wish, my time being limited & being conscious & get to my home in the North before the winter quite sets in. I only came here yesterday from [Stratton Hall]. & I must proceed in my journey tomorrow, but we have continued since my arrival & talk over almost everything concerning your [Revd.] & Ohio. & to get very intimate by your means, indeed I am greatly pleased with your good & most zealous friend; with Mr. & Mrs. Wiggin and all their family, and I hope that altho’ I cannot stay now I may somehow or where see them again. & your [Revd.] & Ohio will be a continued bond of interest & subject for communication. I cannot write much & Mr. Wiggin will fully of everything, & of all your friends. The zeal of them I do think has [?] in any way flagged, nor will it to their [letter torn here].

I found a letter from Mr. Marriott waiting me here. They were all well & will all be in [Queen] Square again by the 26th. I shall never think of it without thinking of my first seeing your house there & all that took place after. Mr. W. indulged me with the pleasure of your letter. I went along with every word & feeling. Which landing on Sunday & getting to church was the very thing I should have wished for your Revd. & all your feeling there I think I can understand, your arrival at [Bington] & finding dear Mrs. Chase and your dear family well I at least rejoice in, feel truly thankful at everything you rejoice in. Pray give my kindest regards to Mrs. Chase. I quite feel as if I know her. & I hope sometime to hear more of [your] hopes from her. I spent ten days with dear excellent Lady Rosse. Much of our conversation was of your Revd. & Ohio. She fears she did not show you all she felt when you were at Stratton Hall. I must tell you that altho’ I did not intend it I was led by her to mention the blankets that she insisted on aiding so for, as to make it quite easy to me to do the rest. Indeed all I give myself is comparatively small. You will be pleased to hear that my mother and father in [?] are well thank God. & that I hope to be with them in about three weeks. [?] that my dear friend Mr. Bowdler’s health is much better and the family well. Now I believe I must conclude as Mr. & Mrs. Wiggin are sitting by while I have this opportunity of writing. I shall reject nothing you wish & I [?] I trust to having your prayers & am ever right Rev. & very dear sir, with the greatest esteem & regard, yours most faithfully attached,

Duff Macfarlane

Letter to Philander Chase



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