Lord Kenyon



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Lord Kenyon reports that he will try to persuade Mr. Horne to go to Ohio, but that others feel he might not be prepared to teach students even if he agrees to go. Kenyon also discusses relations between England and the United States and updates Chase on his English friends.




Rev. Thomas Hartwell Horne, G.W. Marriott, Bishop of London, Mr. Pratt, Edward Kenyon, Christ Church, Oxford



Jan’y 19


My dearest Bishop

I have done all I can to get a publication made to Mr H Horne, thro’ G Marriott, & by him to the Bishop of London. I will urge them yet to try as you seem so desirous to have him, but our excellent friend G Marriott, & as I understand the Bp of L seem to think he would not suit to teach, even if he could be persuaded to leave his almost certain prospects here. G Marriott sends me word he has been a Lawyer’s Clerk, a Booksellers Apprentice, & he does not know what else, & is most corrected described as a self taught Genius. G M adds “such a man could be no Teacher. Still had he the will from heart felt zeal, the ability to teach wd probably accompany it, & I will try yet to have the proposal made to him. Indeed in all relating to Ohio, my dearest Bishop, as far as my powers go, your wishes are almost a law to me. We all highly admire the Elevation of Kenyon Coll & fervently pray God its first human supporter its Apostolic Bishop may be spared many years to bless its progress and direct its course. I have no more messages from the ArchBp or Bp of L, but conclude from their silence that at least they do not feel disturbed at the communication made thro’ me having to their honour been made [publick] for the benefit of your sacred cause. What it was to their honour had I not been persuaded I shd never have communicated them to you. I rejoice truly to hear of your recovery, & of your prosperous progress, & pray God your hopes may be fully [equated] by the liberality of your countrymen. I am quite sure that nothing is more contrary to the wishes or intentions of our Govt, than any misunderstanding with the United States. The existing difficulty seems to have arisen from the manner in wh. the authority for concluding Treaties is vested by your Constitution, wh. to me seems [?] for transactions with foreign states. Still I am confident if amicable dispositions exist on both sides the [Atlantick] the question will be satisfactorily adjusted, wh. I sincerely believe is the hearty desire of both Nations, Mother & Daughter. Of good Mr Pratt I have heard nothing lately, but hope when I get to London for the season the first week of next month, & meet him & talk over [Ohio] with him. All my precious orphans I bless God are well, but I shall not let them come to town till the end of March, that they may have more benefit of Welsh air. Dear Edwd is returned to [Harrow], & next winter I hope will go to Ch Ch Oxford. All the rest unite in affecte remembrances & I am

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Letter to Philander Chase



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