Lord Kenyon



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Kenyon updates Chase on his affairs as well as the lives of their friends in England.




Mrs. Chase, Lady Palmer, Lord Liverpool, Mr. West, Archbishop of Armagh, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Duke of Clarence, Mr. Kip, Aunt Kenyon, Bishop of Salisbury, Bishop of Bath & Wells, Timothy Wiggin



Dec’r. 19


My dearest Bishop

I have to thank you for another kind letter, & the blessed tho’ care causing account of yourself & your proceedings for your sacred cause; that it and you will be blessed I have no doubt nor ever had: but I trust still further that it will please God to preserve you long to overlook conduct & rejoice in the success of His own work. Your kind mention of good Mrs Chase, & her kind feelings tow’ds us all only finds us the closer to you, & we do all I am sure heartily pray for every blessing temporal & eternal for you that you can desire; for we are very certain they are such only as a true Xtian heart desires.

I forward by this post your letter to good Lady Palmer wh. my sweet girls admired so much they have copied it as Xtian words if comfort are more than private property, & no private interpretation. Next month I am again called to London, to engage in political strife, which were it not a publick [sic] duty I should most anxiously avoid. We many of us much fear that in having lost our steady Pilot Lord Liverpool from the helm our Nation is not likely to maintain so correct and peaceful a course, but He who rules all things will I trust for the sake of His Church to be gracious to us. Good Mr West is with my zealous friend [?] the firm & undaunted friend of the true Protestant cause; he is zealously attached to him, and the excellent ArchBp of Armagh (Beresford) received him most kindly. He made us the most impassive speech, at the anniv’y dinner of the Society for Prom’g Xtn Knowledge, that I ever heard. The Duke of Clarence was present & was much [?] with it, but he has no religion in him I fear. I thank you much for writing in my name to good Mr. Kip. I highly value his present as coming from one whom I so truly respect as well as for its own intrinsic value.

My excellent Aunt is still sitting by me, & begs specially her kind respects & is always thankful to hear of your health & prosperity & that of your family; & so she more cordially wishes you God’s blessing on your sacred cause than she does. The good Bishops of Salisbury & Bath & Wells are your zealous friends. Two more honest Bishops never filled [seats[ in England. I have today gone tho’ my first School ½ party Exam I had 138 children present & thank God they seemed strongly impressed & especially the elder ones with the truths of that knowledge which alone has real value. My next Examination will be on Friday at my pet School Perley, where I hope I should near 200 present. All our most anxious wishes for every blessing to you & yours at this approaching blessed Season & for years to come. Ever your most affectionate & grateful friend Kenyon

I dare offer no opinion as to your pecuniary plans. Good Mr Wiggin always highly estimates your perseverance as well as zeal.

Letter to Philander Chase



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