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Roberson discusses about 400 acres of land in Ohio owned by Francis Beaumont, which he believes he could be helpful to Chase's cause, and offers suggestions for how Chase might acquire the land




England voyage, Francis Beaumont, Ohio



Acalds Hall near Leeds

Tuesday, 16th March, 1824

Right Reverend Sir,

Several of the clergy who met here yesterday greatly regret the cause of their disappointment in the expectation of meeting you at this place and will be glad to hear that your health is restored. I don’t suppose we shall be able to do much here in the furtherance of the object of your visit to this country, tho’ a lively interest is excited in the minds of many of us for your success in your ultimate object.

Mr. F. Beaumont, whose family has lands in America, called in hopes of exchanging a few words with you, and should you come this way again would contrive to meet you, if he could have a little notice of the time and place when he could have that pleasure. He enters warmly into your object. The lands referred to be in different parts of the United States. About 400 acres in the state of Ohio, other quantities in other states. These lands, if a good [?] can be made out to them, are still in the hands of executors, who might feel a difficulty in alienating the property in them, unless for some valuable consideration. A question arises in the mind of friends to your object, whether any prospect of rendering some parts of these lands useful to the present proprietors or to their descendants might justify the giving other parts as a return or reward for the trouble of forwarding such improvement. Or, whether, anything could be done by yourself or by the friends to your object in visiting this country, which might justify the executors in the endeavours to forward your design by any use to which they can apply these lands, or any part of them.

Mr. Beaumont (whose children I believe are chiefly concerned) appears desirous to attend and forward any feasible measure in reference to these lands which might be useful to your intended Seminary, and should you pass this way on any occasion would I believe make a point of seeing you should find it agreeable to yourself to give him convenient notice of your being within his reach.

Should you not return into this neighborhood, but find it at all likely to be worth your while to suggest any hint by a letter we shall be glad to attend to that which you may suggest on the subject.

I am, with much respect, yours faithfully,

H. Roberson

P.S. I should be much obliged, in case of your writing, by your mentioning any authors which in your opinion gives a just view of the state of true religion in America.

H. R.

Letter to Philander Chase



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