Philander Chase



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Chase congratulates Intrepid on his marriage to Rebecca and sends his blessings. He also updates Intrepid on his projects in Philadelphia and the lameness in his ankle that has kept him in the city for so long.


Winter 1-1-1827


Rebecca Morse, Mr. Bacon, Mr. Mintzer, Virginia, St. Clairsville, Morristown, Monroe, New York, Philadelphia, Ohio, Zanesville, Washington


Phila. 11: 1827

My Dear Nephew:

Though you have not informed me by letter as you ought to have done that you and Rebecca are married; yet having learned this most agreeable fact from other sources, I write to you this letter to assure you of my blessings. May the God of our Father bless preserve and keep you both in this world, that so you may be happy in that which will have no end! This prayer I most sincerely offer up in the name and merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.

I need not tell you what I am about in this City for the public prints do that more fully than I can do in a short letter. Soon after you left me I was confined to my chamber by an increased violence in my sore ankle & heel. This while it confined the body left the mind free to act; and God, who evidently had afflicted me for this purpose enabled me to employ it in the manner you see, for the good of Kenyon College or About $2,000 have been collected in this City in Cash: besides considerable apparatus books maps etc. Perhaps by next saturday the business will have been closed in this place On monday or tuesday if the Lord will I shall set my fare towards New York, whither Mr. Bacon will soon follow me. This gentleman I have thought fit, according to the advice of my friends who know him & the nature of the business before me, to engage for a year with a moderate yet stated salary to go, according to directions given him, & collect subscriptions for College. Being a very respectable & pious man & prospered of a good address he already has been of great service to us in this city and no doubt will be equally useful in others. When I leave the Atlantic States it is understood he is to continue his efforts throughout the union.

I have also engaged with Mr. Mintzer a candidate for Holy Orders who having passed his examination in Virginia is in this town where he was born, waiting for letters demi[sory] to me for ordination, for Ohio, He is highly spoken of in this town as a young man of promise as well as of piety. I have mentioned St. Clairsville and Morristown & Monroe C[ounty] -- to him as a proper field for his labours.

Should nothing intervene to prevent he will be ordained soon in this City or in N York & when going to Ohio will employ himself in making collections for our Seminary wherever an opportunity may offer. Such will be his recommendations and letters to that end given him from this place, that I have little doubt of his succeeding to considerable extent.

Thus you see that tho’ absent from my beloved Diocese I am not unmindful of her wants. God being my helper no stone shall be left unturned till the great work be accomplished. Let God receive all the glory for I feel every moment how poor an instrument is your weak & lame, but loving Uncle Philander.

The ladies are all engaged in the cause. They will it is believed soon complete the sum of $400 for a divinity student 10 years.

Any boxes which you may receive or hear of from em to Worthington please to forward the first waggon to Zanesville.

Two boys are waiting in this city to go to the Ohio school & I hear 6 in Washington. Many more are talking of sending.

Letter to Intrepid Morse



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