Rev. W. Ward



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Rev. Ward reassures Chase that his English friends have not forgotten about him, and still care about him greatly. He also mentions a way that he thinks Chase can obtain more students.


Spring 5-25-1826


old England, Walton, Bagster, polyglott, Colchester, Mary Ohio, Charolette, Cambridge, Dr. Walker, Edenburg, Miss MacFarlane, London, Bishop of Clogher, Ireland, Professor Farish, New York


Gt. Horkesley

June 24 1826

My beloved Bishop of Ohio,

I fear you have been saying to your dear Wife, [Demas] hath forsaken me, and out of sight, out of mind. But whenever such a thought enter your mind of me or mine, banish it immediately, I pray, and assure yourself that neither my Wife, nor I, nor any of our Children, can ever cease to love and revere Bishop Chase, nor be uninterested in his pious labours. Letters from old England, no doubt, are very interesting to you, but I can assure you that yours are sunshine over every step you have had in our country. Every intimation of your success comes home to our hearts as our own dearest personal concerns, and your letters are received among us and read, [at] epistole [patrum] [postolicorum].

You should have heard from me long before this; but from the date of my last letter to this present day, I have been collecting, tho’ [gladly], little contributions for my box, to render it worth the carriage. May all the rich spiritual blessings it contains light on the Bishop and Church of Ohio, and abide with them forever. Walton’s Polygott is very scarce, and will be a treasure in the West for generations unborn. This is the quaint present of Lord Kenyon and myself, which you will doubtless acknowledge to his Lordship. One thing that has detained my box was my hope of being able to procure Bagster’s polyglott; but it is out of print, and they flattered me from week to week that a new edition would appear; but it has not yet. When it does my dear Countryman may rely on my procuring it for him. I will try to borrow it of my friend that has it before I seal this, and I have some hopes of being able to procure a copy. You will perceive that not one of your Colchester friends has forgotten you, nor neglected to tell you so. Some of their letters have long lain in my hand. My warm hearted Mary Ohio retains her first love, as cordial and zealous as over; and so does my dear Charlotte; and they are constantly drawing your picture and representing Ohio to their new friends as fast as they make them. These dear children merit your blessing, and I am sure they will have it, because you have seen and are convinced that they love you, and sympathise in your arduous labors.

I must now tell you what will rejoice your heart. I really think I have opened a door through which you will in a very short time be supplied with as many young clergy as you can employ. There was created with me at Cambridge a Dr Walker of Edenburg, who has established an episcopal theological seminary there similar to your own, which promises to supply five times the number that will be wanted for the scotch church: and there is no opening for them but in foreign missions, for our [canon], or rather civil law, is against admitting scotch ordained clergy into our English churches. Tho’ acknowledged by us to be as apostolically descended as our own Clergy. This Dr. Walker is well acquainted with Miss Mackfarlan, and is old friend of her Father. I gave him a clue to find Miss M. in London or its vicinity before he returned to the North, from whom I told him he might learn more about Ohio and its Bp than I had time or opportunity in Cambridge, and from whom no doubt you will hear more on the subject. You will find in the box a handsome present from the Tutor of my College. Sir [Porter] a good young man, Son of the late Bp of Clogher in Ireland. Professor Farish, and your other Cambridge friends, enquired kindly after you. Mrs. Walker and her family will send you a memorial of themselves in grateful acknowledgement of your veneration for the memory of her Sainted father. You will perceive that your Colchester friends have not forgotten you, nor will you cease to be remembered in old England wherever you have set your foot.You may tell your restless little Brother of New York so. Tell him that your travels in this Country are as marked

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Letter to Philander Chase



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