Philander Chase



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Chase apologizes for the morbidity of his previous letter. He reports that Fanny is recovering but Mrs. Chase is sick. He is finishing projects in Gambier and laments the indifference of the people of Ohio towards this great achievement for Protestants everywhere.




Fanny Chase, Sophia Chase, Mrs. Reed, Protestantism


16 Oct. Gambier 1827

My dear Nephew

I received your very good letter and thank you for it and will do as you tell me.

If my language to you was too much about croaking do forgive me.

I have just returned from Worthington where I left Fanny a little better after having been so long at Death’s door. Where also I left my dear Wife sick. Duty compels me to be here tho’ we all die.

I am glad to hear of Mrs. Reed’s continued goodness. May God direct bless and save her!

I am now to put forth my last effort to finish the Dam, Rav., & Mill this [F]all.

The people of this state behold that with indifference being for their own benefit which excites the attention and best feelings of the whole Protestant world. How similar is this to that which was exhibited to a wondering Universe, when it was said “He came to his own and his own received him not.” The greatest blessings are least esteemed by those whom they were intended to bless.

I came here last evening, and arose this morning several hours before day to [set] [to] the answering of several letters before day which is just now beginning to [shine].

I now am going down to the [River]. Don’t remit your prayers for your poor uncle

P. Chase

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