G.W. Marriott



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Marriott updates Chase on various English bishops as well as the affairs of his English friends. He hopes that Mr. West will go to Ohio in the fall.




Mr. Caswall, Mr. Burgess, Mr. Grover, Lord Kenyon, Bishop of Sodor & Mann, Mr. West, Bishop of Salisbury, Bishop of Quebec, Mr. Bettenue, Rector of Montreal, Timothy Wiggin, Mr. Pratt, Lord Gambier


Queen Sq.

3rd June 1829

My dear and venerated Friend

An opportunity offering of a frank, I write to say that your [Draft] for £200 has long been paid. That for £500 you may draw either at once, or by instalments as you please, if you shall not have drawn it before this reaches you. In the sum already sent twenty guineas were given by Mr Caswall’s Uncle, Mr Burgess of the [Strand]. I shall be glad if you notice this sum in any of your letters.

The good Bishop of Sodor & Mann is profiting by your example. He has found his Diocese a second Ohio, in point of churches, if not of Clergy, and has come to England to supply his wants. I think he will succeed. Your letter to him was written when you only knew of his daughter’s death. He has since lost his eldest son. But the evidences of his having gone to Paradise are as satisfactory as of her having so done. Deus dedit—Deus abstulit—benedictum sit nomen Dei! These words I uttered spontaneously to the Bishop, and he exclaimed “that shall be inscribed on the Monument of my Children.”

Mr Grover, whom you remember at Exeter, has left his profession of Dentist, and turned Lay—Minister to (I believe) Persia. He thinks the power of Ordination does not exist, and that all title to the Ministry is internal. I hope it may please God that he may do good in his irregular way. But his Ministry I cannot acknowledge, and heartily wish he may not have cause to repent of presumption. God knows his whole designs, which I cannot know.

Poor Lord Kenyon has taken his dear Girls to the Continent, from whence he writes very favorable account. The tragedy of what has occurred in his family goes beyond what would be thought good taste in fiction. But he is well sustained by pious hope, and is less & less under the influence of those worldly honors and privileges to which it is his trial to set loose. He “fought the good fight” against Popery under the heaviest cloud of his afflictions. He is expected back at the latter end of August, and will, I hope, hear from you then at Gredington.

I think you would do well to send your future letters to the Bishop of Sodor & Mann under cover to Viscount Goderich, Pembroke House, Whitehall London. The [Second page]: Bishop has no seat in the House of Lords, & no franking privilege.

Mr West has succeeded wondrously in the Pulpit not only for Ross Chapel, but for an English & Irish Charity occasionally, where asked to serve a local cause by those who had supported his own. I am more & more convinced that all the “evil report” he has labored under may be attributed to his faithfulness. We know on apostolical authority that it is not less than “good report” a feature of the true Minister’s character.

The Bishop of Salisbury, who is at this moment sitting with me, desires me to add that he has been very much gratified by the letters he has received from you, and from Mr H. Caswall, & hopes soon to write to both of you.

The Bishop of Quebec has also taken a leaf out of your book, and has introduced by letter, Mr Bettenue, the Rector of Montreal, to one, who is a native Canadian, and wanted a trip to this Country for his health. He takes the opportunity of an effort to gain some money for more Churches in the Diocese of Quebec, & the Bishop reminds me (as Bishop Ward did) that I have done something for another Diocese.

[Page four]: I beg you will order a dozen copies of “Fruits of reading the Bible—an authentic & recent Narrative.” 6 each or 5 per dozen. Rivington or Hatchard. It is a publication procured by the Bishop of Salisbury for Irish circulation in this eventful crisis, and high authorities there state it to be eminently calculated to do good there. The Bible & prayer-book alluded to were given at this house, & you will find something said of your friends. The Author is a Lady whom we know thro’ the Bishop’s introduction, & was once a Papist. It is singularly interesting as a detailed account of a complete & permanent conversion. I [?] knew how to [?] thro’ Mr Wiggin. I have spread you late letters wherever I could, & hope that to Lord Gambier has been inserted in Mr Pratt’s Register. With our united love, I am ever very affectionately yrs G.W. Marriott

I hope we shall soon see West here, & that you will have him in Ohio this Autumn. He has met with a sad accident, & all but broken his arm in your service.

Letter to Philander Chase



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