G.W. Marriott



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Marriott writes that he, and others in England, are very pleased to hear about the progress of the Seminary, College, and Town.




G.W. Marriott, Pratt, entrance gate, Acland, Horace, Wiggin, Bishop Barrington, Bishop of Salisbury



I hope I am right in supposing that yours go free. If not, I must spare your pocket, and my own impulse to write.

I am very glad that the Wickliffe Candlesticks were acceptable to you. A very beautiful lithographic Engraving from a celebrated Picture of Wickliffe is just published, and I shall beg to add this for your Library, with a print of Mr Jones (the best I ever saw) if you have not already got what satisfies you as a memorial of the latter. Mr Pratt has removed to Finsbury Square, in consequence of the successful termination of his suit for the City Living. I therefore see him very little now, but I hope at not distant time to shew him your last to me, written from Wooster, Wayne County, in which you express a desire to hear from him.

We are under some anxiety for our sweet Selina, who, at the critical age of sixteen years, is sadly debilitated in health, and has occasionally pain in the side, cough, and nightly perspirations. The fatal symptoms, however, and pulmonary mischief, we are peremptorily assured, English Climate will do for her this winter. Lord K. will always know where to forward your letters to me.

My son George has begun his career at Oriel very favorably. The Provost writes thus to me, after his first three terms at College. “Give my very kind regards to your Son, who will, if I mistake not, soon make the College his debtor by the credit he will bring upon it.”

Bishop Barrington retained to the very last his strong veneration for you. If you would like an Engraving of him for the College Library, I would apply in your name to Lord Barrington, his nephew and Executor, for it. He was within less than two months of 92 years, when he was gathered to his Fathers. The Bishop of Salisbury is very well, much pleased with his mitigated sphere of labor in the new Diocese, and always happy to hear of you. He has two or three times made memoranda of contents for a letter to you, but, I believe, has not yet written me. His College is a magnificent thing, and I hope you have received an Engraving of it, which he sent you in Mr Ward’s box. The original is far beyond the Engraving, and generally the reverse of this is the truth.

Your report, in the letter to Mr Wiggin of 14th June, as well as in that to Miss Macfarlane, of your Seminary, College, and Town, is most gratifying. So much is said now of our redundant population, that I hope to see English settlers take all the North Section. I am flattered undeservedly by the adoption of my name in any part of the Seminary property. I should have much rejoiced to see the respected name of Acland adopted. Perhaps you may be able to annex it to something yet.

Our dear little boy named after you wants nothing but the grant of that episcopal blessing which you have given him, and I have full faith that your prayer will be granted. We have no finer child, if any so fine, in our flock of mine. My dear wife has constant health, and is constantly useful to her family, relatives and friends. My own health, which had a tremendous shock last year, is much restored, and I feel very very strongly the privilege of partial exemption from legal trammels, and greater leisure for charitable action, and domestic enjoyments. I am at this time separated by temporary legal study from all my family for a short time, but I shall join them again, Deo volente, at the end of the week. You and yours are unceasingly remembered in my prayers. I remain, my dear and venerated Friend, your faithful and affectionate G.W. Marriott.

I hope that a good number of the plans of the Seminary property which you speak of will be sent to this Country, as Advertisements of what advantages persons ready to emigrate to America may have.

Your description of the parkish [trees] near the scite of the Seminary and College put me irresistibly in mid of Horace’s “Inter sylvas Academi qudrera verum.” That would be a good motto to an entrance gate.

Letter to Philander Chase



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