Philander Chase



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Chase relays his thanks for Mr. Bates's gift and assures Marriott of his unwavering support for Mr. West. He clarifies that he has always advocated for Mr. West and will defend him from all attacks, including those from Bp. Hobart.




Mr. Bates, Mr. West, Lord Gambier, Bishop Hobart, Lord Bishop of Nova Scotia, Dr. Ingles, Mr. Waldron, Archbishop of York, Mrs. Marriott


Washington City

Decr. 29th 1829

Very Dear Mr. Marriott

I have just re’d. your most welcome letter of the 17th of Sepr. giving me the delightful intelligence of the munificent gift of Mr. Bates. According to your intimation I have already written him under cover to the Rt. Honl. Lord Gambier a letter of thanks and intelligence in all the particulars which as I thought would be interesting to him. May God dispose of events and incline his heart to do whatever shall be most to the glory of God and the happiness of this dear benevolent gentleman.

The accounts you give of Mr. West’s proceedings are most cheering My letter to you concerning him I hope has not miscarried. I have endeavoured to defend him amidst all the attacks made upon him in this country.

Bp Hobart has declared in presence of his assembled clergy that the Rt. Rev: Lord Bp: of Nova Scotia Dr. [Ingles] declared while he was in New York that he had or that there were charges against Mr. West of a serious nature. Will you write to that prelate. But pray don’t let this friendly [hind] be so egregiously mistaken as was one of a like nature about 2 years ago which caused the misplaced arguments of Dear Mr. Waldron, and the very extraordinary letter relinquishing his responsibility of Mr. West. Remember Dr. Mr. Marriott I have always been Mr. W.’s advocate: being my agent & acting in my name & to me responsible for all his conduct how can I be other wise to him? I am not displeased at his settling in Bradford: tho’ he ought to have obtained previously my permission and in my Humble opinion the the [sic] His [Grace] the Arch Bp: of York has done imprudently by permitting it without the consent of the Bp: to whom Mr. West owed allegiance. However poor I am in temporalities, yet in spiritual authority “I magnify mine office” and give precedence to no one but a College of Bishops.

Kenyon College continues to prosper beyond all our anticipations. The centre Building is full: and the “Gambeer Houses” as they are called fill as fast as one after another is finished.

I have much business now before me which employs all m time and thoughts except those devoted to sacred duties and the [?] of friendship. Dont forget me in your prayers and make my most respectful regards acceptable to Mrs. Marriott and the dear Children.

Your faithful & grateful Friend P. Chase

Copy of a letter

To G.W. Marriott

Dec. 29 1829

dated at Washington


Letter to G.W. Marriott



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