G.W. Marriott



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Marriott updates Chase on Mr. West's progress and Engravings of the College.






Engravings of the College, the Journals, New York, Liverpool



30th March 1827

My dear and venerated Friend

I have just returned from Hastings, and am greeted by your delightful letter of the 22nd February from New York. When we bless God, I am sure you would say bless Him for everything. I would, therefore, not make even your illness, tho’ it grieve me to the heart, an exception. I have fondly thought that my last would arrive in time for its contents to aid in completing your recovery. See what Lord Gambier thinks of them! But your life is so valuable for others, that I trust it may please a gracious Providence that we may soon hear of your convalescence.

Letters of yesterday from Mr West at Liverpool, from whence he will embark, make it possible that he may be at New York before this letter. He will bring with him abundance of credentials, and excite for himself, and his large Colony of Friends and Countrymen, the influential prayers of many a true and devoted Christian. The result of a visit to the interior of Ireland lately has been that he is persuaded the present Colonizers will be followed by many others at no distant time. May God bless and prosper this auspicious scheme to the benefit of both Countries, and the furtherance of the true Religion!

I have written to Mr W. at Liverpool, begging him (if he had not already got it) to procure Jerram’s Sermons, and take them to you. He has got a review of them by one, for whose sake you will read it with interest, and with much allowance for the hurries of his life, which really allowed no time for such a subject. I have received, however, a letter from the Bishop of Salisbury, which, if I can find it, I will enclose, and you will say that alone should more than satisfy me that some good may have been done by it.

Before you receive this a further proof of the Bishop’s regard to you will, I hope, have reached you. The specimen of the handwriting of Bishop Barrington only proves how rapidly he had broken down when it was dated, for I have one within the year 1825 (he was then 91) without any symptom of failure. When I obtain Lord Barrington’s present for you (which I am determined to get if possible) you shall have this autograph to annex to the [Ri]ture, if you wish it.

I deplore the Journals very much. The Engravings of the College have given great delight, but I have not yet delivered all of them. I hope Lord Gambier had one. Mr Hoare had not, but I prevailed on a very good Draftsman to copy it for him, and he is very well pleased. Mr West took Robert’s to Dublin, where it assisted him in communicating to his friends the advantages which are now to be had for them, and their descendants, in Ohio. He has returned it to my Brother, and I trust it will adorn my native dwelling, and it does my own.

I have only been able to call once on Judge Hemphill, and Mr Coleman. I am to meet them, and Lord Kenyon, next Tuesday at Lord Bexley’s. I met an American with them of the name of Cressan (so I caught it) who wanted to take Mr W. and his friends to Pennsylvania. You may think what I said to this. I told the gentleman he might call on Mr Wiggin, if he chose it, and state the matter to him. But Mr West was perhaps gone himself and certainly the Resolutions of his friends had gone some time, and the perusal of them would convince him that the pastoral and episcopal jurisdiction of Bishop Chase was a paramount object of the Emigrants.

I left out sweet Selina not quite so well as she had lately been, and the severe season we have had has certainly, even in that favorable climate, pinched so sensitive a plant. You can not, however, well over-rate our spiritual comfort from this dear Child. Those only who are in her near and entire confidence know her feelings, but her Parents (blessed be God!) know them to be such as none but the Holy Spirit of God can inspire. Her dear and good Mother knows what it is “to accept the Kingdom of God as a little Child” herself, and her simple and persevering instructions have been blessed with heavenly dew, and bring forth the right and natural fruition her child’s mind and heart. Praise the Lord Oh! My Soul, and all that is within me praise His holy Name!

I write this day, and with this letter, to Mr Hodgson, to desire him to hunt out Mr West, if he be not gone from Liverpool, and in a letter of yesterday I sent Mr West in pursuit of Mr Hodgson. They would have the greatest mutual pleasure in each other’s society. You must be so kind as to make letters, which are to be forwarded by Post from Liverpool, under an ounce, because they have a cover added in their way to Lord Kenyon. He paid [4/9] for your last to me. But I transferred, and most willingly paid, the tax.

I write in great haste. Believe me, my dear and venerated friend, ever affectionately yours

G.W. Marriott

Letter to Philander Chase



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