Margaret Kenyon



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Margaret writes to Chase on the anniversary of their first and only meeting. She mentions a curious circumstance regarding a servant and Bishop Hobart, provides a short update on the weather and a few friends, and discusses the growth progression of the rose tree he sent her.


Summer 7-15-1826


Bishop Hobart, Bishop Stewart, Clayton Square, Bishop White, Mr. Norris, Liverpool, Mrs. Wiggin, Eliza, Miss Macfarlane, Mrs. Walker, Gestingthorpe, Dr. Ward, Aunt of Peel Hall, Gredington, Philander


M Kenyon Hoylake

July 15


My ever revered and dear Bishop,

I cannot let the anniversary of my first and only interview with you pass by without writing a few lines, to tell you how indelibly all that passed in Clayton Square is impressed on my mind, and how I rejoice to know that the affairs of Ohio have so much improved since that time. We are all delighted with your last packet of good news, especially with the very satisfactory letter from good Bp. White, this like you we cannot best regret that his valuable testimony should have been so long witheld [sic], for “a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”

I hear Mr. Norris has been writing a very severe animadversion on Bp. Hobart’s sermons, but I have not yet seen what it is. It is a curious circumstance that one of our servants went the other [day] [with] some custom house [offices] to inspect [?] packet just entering Liverpool and that the Captain of the vessel had dined in company with Bp. Hobart the day before the vessel sailed [?] [?] (not quite three weeks ago) and had at the same time met Bp. Stewart the excellent man whom I think you saw while in England.

I must tell you how much I am pleased with our acquaintance with Mrs. Wiggin and Eliza, who is a very nice girl, and warmly attached to you, as indeed her mother is. I wish poor Eliza was in better health, she seems sadly delicate, and the least over exertion makes her quite ill.

Miss Macfarlane has been enjoying very much a visit to Mrs. Walker of Gestingthorpe, daughter to the “sainted Jones of Hayland.” She describes her as very much like her father in mind and principles, and a delightful old lady.

Dr. Ward has sent you a box full of books, and I suppose the Organ must be shipped by this time. I hope you will like it as much as we did.

I have had your Turkey feathers mounted, and they make two beautiful and most valuable [scenes]. I must tell you, this I believe Papa wrote you word the other day, that the rose tree you sent and gathered out of your own garden, with your own hand, grows wisely, and is above a foot high. The cuttings I am afraid will do no good. If you are so good as to send me any more plants, be so good as send them with roots, as the cuttings dry up so very much in such a long voyage, indeed these last were near half a year in coming, as they came [?] by the lakes.

We have had the longest series of any weather this spring and summer that has been known of many years, rain would now be a great blessing, which no double we shall have when a wise Providence sees fit. There has scarcely been any since March. You will be glad to hear a good account of my dear Aunt of Peel Hall, who will come to us soon after our return to Gredington. Papa has written to you so fully, that I feel I can have nothing more to say. I hope as you do not mention your dear little Philander, that he is quite recovered.

God bless and prosper you, my dear and revered sir, and do not forget your obliged and affectionate humble servant

Mg. Kenyon

Letter to Philander Chase



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