Philander Chase



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Chase discusses plans for laying out the town near Alum Creek as well as clearing the area and planting trees.




Mr. Woodard, Mr. Wells, Alum Creek, Rebecca Morse


To Mr. Morse

Apl. 5, 1825

Dear Nephew,

This moment you fear of the 26 [?] came from the p. office: and I should take more lecture in answering it as it deserved were I not on the wing to preach at some distance in a few hours from this, and to be absent from home 3 or four days.

Tell Mr. Woodard to come on immediately and see me if he be in earnest, if not to stay where he is. As to expenses they will be made easy to him if he will be a good man. Mr. Sparrow I expect everyday and when he comes the school will commence with great regularity and assiduity. I have assurances from my friends in Eng. that they will enable me to support as many teachers as we can want for the year to come without drawing on the fund. Let Mr. Sparrow have but a full [?] immediately; and we shall immediately engage another, but not till then. I am very sorry to hear of the [confined] indisposition of Dear Mr. Wells. Pray give him my best regards: and also assure him of my prayers. If he knew all about the planning of the Seminary on our City already land out on Allum Creek I know he would approve of our plan. No one, however, at [?] view prejudiced against it, but after examination of all the reasons for it, especially after having viewed the grounds, but is decidedly in favour of proceeding on as I have done. I can say no more at present – but that the whole business like every feature of our errand to Old Eng. bears the stamp of an overruling & directing hand. 10 acres will (D.V.) be cleared next Wednesday rowed with grass seed on Thursday planted with fruit trees and forest trees on friday and fenced on Saturday next. About a hundred acres then will be let out to different persons to clear, some [smack] smooth for a crop this year, others all under six inches cut away & [?] with grass like a park.

But I must away. Let the students come as soon as may be. Best love to dear Rebecca & kiss my dear dear granddaughter for your loving uncle,

P. Chase

Letter to Intrepid Morse



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