Philander Chase



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Chase tells Allen of trouble he has had in securing funds for the Milnor professorship and of his fears that he will have to finance it himself in part. He tells Allen not to go to England.




Milnor Professorship, New York, Dudley Chase, Kenyon College, Congress


Washington City 22 Feb


Rev. and Dear Brother

By some neglect, your letter of the 7th of this month did not come to me till within the half hour just past.

Whatever deficiencies there shall be in the subscription for the Milnor professorship I shall have to make up out of my own private means now but scanty rather than lose the [Tappan] subscription. By accounts from New York I fear I shall have to pay (besides the $1000 which I subscribed with my Brother Dudley) a great deal. May God direct this thing in mercy to my poor children whom I am thus robbing. I trust in his goodness and mercy. All my attention being required to my public application here I could not spare a moment to solicit private subscriptions for the Milnor professorship. One thing would have destroyed the other.

I shall see you before you sail. England will not relieve but augment your complaint. Don’t go Dear Brother!

P. Chase

The bill in favour of Kenyon College for the grant of one townsh. of land was reported & read.

Letter to Benjamin Allen



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