Philander Chase



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Chase writes to his wife of his consistent love for her and their family in Ohio and updates her on his proceedings in Philadelphia.




Dr. Blackwell, Rev. Clarkson, Lancaster, Dr. Wilmer, Rev. Muller, New Orleans, Mississippi River


Phil’a. 13th Nov. 1826

My dear Wife:

It is not that I have any news to communicate, very strange, good, or bad, that I have stolen from business and from company to write you this letter; but simply that I might indulge my affection and love to you – That I might tell you how miserable I am in being so long separated from you and my lovely family, – and that I might beg a continuation of your prayers for me. Mine for you and all in Ohio are very fervent and incessant I can assure you: and I consider it the greatest of all privileges that I can (as it were) be in your company thro’ the communion which exists in addressing a common [letter] & the cheering influences of the one eternal & Blessed spirit.

I have attended punctually and faithfully the duty assigned me of sitting in the house of Bishops the usual hours in the day but for obvious reasons have had very little to say to the measures which were passing. Whatever was done I knew full well would undergo the scrutiny of the other House, this joined with the impolicy, nay impropriety of my beginning to dissent the moment I took my seat among them kept me silent.

14. I was interrupted. – I drank tea last night with Dr Blackwell a rich sincere Presbyter of this city. The Rev. Mr. Clarkson of Lancaster was present and told me of a settlement of Church people just on the border of Indiana in [?] county; which he desires I would visit. At y. we went to hear the Missionary sermon preached by Dr. Wilmer, in St. Peter’s. After Sermon I was introduced to the Rev. Mr. Muller of [Natches]. & what do you think! On his suggestions & persuasions in regard to the very great benefit it will be to the funds and students of our College I am half persuaded to home by the way of New Orleans and the Mississippi! As to the hazard the toil & the danger they all would be nothing if it were not for you and our dear family. How can I think of being from you so long! When shall I be at rest? I fear never till in my grave. But I can say no more at prest. I am called up.

Ever most lovingly your Husd. P. Chase

Letter to Sophia Chase



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