G.W. Marriott



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Marriott feels that Mr. Bates will not continue in support for the College. He is appalled by Mr. West's behavior, communicated in one of Chase's recent letters. Marriott also informs Chase of confidential financial information concerning Lord Kenyon and provides other small updates on friends and family.




Mr. Bates, Mr. West, Lord Kenyon, Bishop of Sodor and Man, Mrs. Wilks, Nova Scotia, Mr. Marshall, Liverpool, Ireland, Mr. Richmond, Bishop of Winchester, Bishop of Salisbury, Bishop of Chester, Mr. Tyler, University of Oxford, Dr. Macbride, Mrs. Marriott


S. Wales 5th January: 1830

My dear and venerated Friend

Here, where I am travelling officially, as Chancellor of St. David’s, I have had a sight of the duplicate of your letter to Mr Bates. I need not tell you how fervently I wish that he may again be warm in the interests of Ohio, but (entre nous) I have long been told of this uncertain character, and think I may be doing you a service by preparing you for disappointment.

I have been considerably grieved by the contents of your letter respecting Mr W. At the same time I still hope that a temporary vapor of ambition might have been dispelled from his mind by a little sober admonition from you, and I lament that, persecuted as he has certainly been in one quarter, such a communication should have made to any one in England, except Lord K. or myself. But I will not forebode evil from it, and fear that you would too well justify it, if I were now discussing the subject in conversation with you.

There is a part of your letter which leads me to mention in confidence what I should otherwise have withholden, because it is our excellent friend, Lord Kenyon’s, wish. But a greater duty now compels me to tell you that the legacy of £500 was so called by himself. I therefore said in my pamphlet in justice to Mr W. that £1100 had been transmitted. This included one £100 which you have forgotten, £400 paid on your two bills, £500 from Lord K., £100 from Mr B. In any letter you write to me (as I shew all to Lord K.) pray let whatever alludes to this be on a separate scrap, and burn this letter. His Daughter made no Will, nor had power to make one, dying married.

I have lately heard from the Bishop of S. & Man what leads me to hope great things both for Ohio & Man from the produce of Mrs Wilks’ property in America. He says that the amount of it is five times what was at [first] supposed. You need not fear the non-appropriation of me [?] to the Colleges, as this engagement is reduced to [writing], & is [under] seal as well as signature.

But I must recur to Mr. W. I cannot understand his going to N. Scotia, and I lament his making any demand from you, after his expences [sic] by sea & land being paid. What the Irish subscriptions may produce I am yet to learn, having left them to be collected by a Gentleman of the name of Marshall, resident ordinarily at Liverpool, and a great friend of Mr. W’s. I could not undertake to collect them myself, and Mr Marshall was going to Ireland on business, & offered to collect the subscriptions. I cannot here, without my account books, tell you exactly what I paid to Mr. W., but I think his expences [sic] annually were not less than £150. As he had always to hire lodgings, this, perhaps, [was] not too much, for he had several unavoidable journeys to add to his expenditure. But certainly nothing could be due beyond what he received here. I hope that my letter announcing the £100 paid after his departure reached you before you made further advances to him.

Mr Richmond’s mission seems to be favorably received in this Country, and I hope the result will prove a source of encreased [sic] union & cooperation between the Churches of England & America. The Bishops of Winchester, Salisbury, and Chester have [expressed] a high approbation of the mission, and Mr Tyler has [wished] to be notified to the University of Oxford. This I have according [?] through Dr Macbride.

My dear wife has been blest with a [daughter], and is with her Babe quite well. I am travelling [without] her, she having a trying duty to perform towards our second Daughter, whose hip, previously diseased, has been grievously injured by an accident. She fell down on her lame side with all her weight, [through] sudden giddiness. But, I thank God, that, [?] in your case of still more serious mischief, all is coming right again under good surgical care, and that she will be happier for ever for the chastening hand of a merciful God I have not the smallest doubt. Our dear friend Lord Kenyon is, I trust, recovering from his great afflictions. I of course use this word in a comparative sense, for whatever our afflictions are they are justly called “light, and for a moment,” in reference to our sins, and corruptions, and to the weight of sorrows which “the just bore for the unjust, that we might be made the children of God.” Adieu! My dear and venerated Friend—May God prosper all your doings in His own righteous cause, and “deliver you out of all troubles.” So prays from his inmost heart your affectionate

& devoted friend

G.W. Marriott

I enclose you an Advertisement, which has been inserted in many provincials, & circulated in England. I ought to have said that I believe Mr W.’s mind has been inflated by what the Irish Bishops, and Liverpool Clergy, have said to him. If so, he is to be pitied, as well as censured, for he is [naturally] [?] to vanity, and we have all of us some besetting sin. I am going to Lord Kenyon in a few days. He first accredited Mr W. to me, and all I have observed (till your appalling letter arrived) confirmed the impression first given, except that both Lord K. & myself should have been somewhat better pleased if the Beverley & Hull matters had been made known to us by Mr W. earlier.

Letter to Philander Chase



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