G.W. Marriott



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Marriott asks Chase to disregard negative sentiments circulating regarding Mr. West, and assures him of his and Lord Kenyon's support for West. He also discusses events in England and France and tells Chase he will write again soon.




Mr. West, Cowes, Christian Rememberances, Anglo-American Church, Dr. Gaskin, Mr. Wiggin, France, Prime Minister, Lord Kenyon


Queen St.

Augt: 17th 1827

My dear & venerated fd.

I write a very hasty, but a truly important letter, which I pray God may be hasty in its journey. At the request of Mr West, who drank tea with me last night, & breakfasted with me this morning, I write to beg you will give yourself no farther concern about the malignant charges against him. He justly fears your mentioning them at all, & I am already satisfied that they are unfounded. I could not express, if I had an hour to do it in, the delight your letters have given me; wh: my dear Wife will have to-morrow. Every circumstance mentioned by Mr W. is satisfactory, but he was almost lost on his return. The ship sprang a leak, & for 14 days all hands were in town employed constantly at the pumps & in unceasing apprehension of the worst.

I left my family at [Cowes] on Tuesday last. My sweet Daughter wonderfully better. Blessed be God! My dear Wife will be gratitude to Mr Chase for her Prayerbook and I know not how to honor enough my piece of the Corner-stone. How valuable are the trees in the Engraving of the College. They record the Ordination.

I grieve to send you such a [?]. I shall accompany it with something that will show we do not forget you in England. This morning I sent an Account of the Anglo-American Church to the Editor of the Xtian Remembrances, he having requested it. It will be in next months’ Review, & I trust will do no harm to the Cause. Dear Dr G. is alive & better. Mr Wiggin & I go to him next Tuesday. Mr W’s family are all in France. I am glad mine are not.

Awful events here. Two Prime Ministers gone in six months. It is impossible to not to see the finger of Providence, but which way it points is difficult to say. We shall, however, not want instruments (for Heaven finds them) if these things are only meant as warnings, & to make us less unworthy of keeping our place. May they not be the commencement of a just judgment on a people, who do not seem to grow wiser or better by past teachings!

I hope you will hear soon from dear Lord K., to whom, at Cowes, all your dispatches go today, & to whom I shall of course communicate my joyful tidings respecting Mr W. He admits that we could not have done otherwise under the circumstances, having known him so little, tho’ his credentials were so very good. I have given him all the Xtian consolation I could, and I trust he will be less & less “afraid of evil tidings,” & that “his heart will stand fast, trusting in the Lord.” The [worldling’s] good character, if he retain it here, will soon desert him, even among those who were deceived. The Xtian’s “evil report,” and “dishonor,” will soon turn to external praise before men & angels.

I find that I must defer my accompaniments, for want of having them at hand where I am writing. But I shall write soon, very soon, to send you charge & refutation. I have sent particulars to Lord K., who knew the particulars of a causation. In haste your ever most devoted & affectionate


Letter to Philander Chase



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