James Ramsey



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Ramsey, though a stranger to Chase, is very impressed by the mission of Chase and the College and is donating books to the library.




library, Seminary


Aversham Buckinghamshire

1 September 1830

The Right Reverend Bishop Chase

I hope you will be so good to excuse a stranger for presuming to address a few lines to you, being very desirous to offer to you the earnest wishes of my wife & myself for your success & comfort, through the blessing of a [precious] Providence, in your various labours of love. Having been much impressed with a sense of the duty of contributing what we can towards your Library at Kenyon College, we ask your kind acceptance of a few [book]s as a humble offering to it, which our excellent friend the Reverend Charles P. Mac’[Honine] is so obliging as to carry with him for the purpose of forwarding to you when he returns from this country to America.

Our hearts’ desire & prayer is that they may be made in any degree to assist your pious endeavours for the foundation of such a Seminary in Ohio as may pious to be in all things according to “the mind which was in Christ Jesus,” to the glorious spread, without end, of His Blessed Gospel “from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same.”

Be pleased to accept our best wishes also for the long preservation of your health & strength, & for every happiness compatible with your Christian [crusade] through “the chances & changes of this mortal life.” Should these [ever] bring you again to England, we beg, as a favour for which our whole Souls would be thankful, to have the satisfaction of receiving you under our roof, as to your home, for any length of time you could so honour it.

And we beg, lastly, for such an interest in your prayers to the Almighty Giver of every good & perfect gift, as you may at any time be enabled to remember us with.

I am, & cannot therefore but subscribe myself,

Right Reverend Bishop,

with true respect,

Your friend & servant

James Ramsey [MD.]

Letter to Philander Chase



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