G.W. Marriott



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Marriott writes in defense of Mr. West and is disappointed that he has not heard from him, Bp. Chase, or Mr. Robinson. He has given additional money to Mr. West and asks Chase to give some of the money from Mr. Bates to West. He also updates Chase on religious tensions in Europe, the progress of new schools on the Isle of Man, and Lord Kenyon's wellbeing.




Mr. West, Mr. Bates, Mr. Robinson, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Richmond, Pope, Hannam, Manks agent, Bishop of Man, Lord Kenyon, Gredington, Mr. Jones, Dr. Gaskin, Mr. Atkinson, Isle of Man



8th September 1830

My dear & venerated Bishop

I think it long since we have heard anything of or from you. I expected too to have heard from Mr West. After a delay of eight months a Reply to my Pamphlet in his defence has come from Mr Atkinson (I am told not from his own pen) which has made my assurance doubly sure that no charge exists, or even existed, against our Friend. It is a contemptible Rigmerole [sic] to prove that I have not made good my charge against Mr Robinson. Not the slightest proof is offered, after such a challenge as I made to both the accusers, of one of the charges against Mr West. Indeed half the Reply might have been written in any controversy, from the beginning of the world till now, in which personal invective was resorted to in default of argument & fact. Mr Robinson’s Reply I have not seen.

I have been compelled to answer a draft for £100 drawn by Mr West, who supposed I should provide against the necessary wants of his outfit (which I never thought of), and I must beg you to let me have the first £100 of Mr Bates’s money, unless the Irish subscriptions amount to much more than I expect. Mr Marshall, who has undertaken in a Curacy at Bristol to collect these, makes a demand himself of about £50 for supplies to Mr West, and of course his own demand will be deducted from his collections.

We have had a respectable New York Clergyman (Mr Wm. Richmond) in England this year, and his mission, for collecting clerical men, has been taken up warmly by some important persons. I delight more & more in the thought of the Protestant Church being a bond of union between America & Britain. I hear the Pope is making great exertions now in the Western States. The Bishop of Salisbury has recommended a convert from that faith, who has been sometime three years employed in the Church of England, to the American Church thro’ me. Whether he will migrate to Ohio, or New York, in the first instance, I do not know. His name is Hannam.

I am anxious to hear the result of sending the Manks Agent for the recovery of American property. The Bishop of Man is going on very strenuously in every good work, and has laid the foundation of one Church and College united, and five other Churches. I verily believe the great things done for Ohio caused these imitations in the Mother Church. You will be delighted to hear that the cooperation he has met with has been hardly less wondrous than yours.

Our dear & excellent friend, Lord Kenyon, has been indeed tried, in the illness and death of his youngest Daughter, and in great fears for the only remaining one. She, however, I rejoice to say is very much better, and I hope to see him & her, and to lodge my own Daughter for her companion of some weeks, at Gredington very early in October. Nature has been severely tried, but he has not “sorrowed as those without hope.” I have no doubt of his benefiting in the most important sense by all his trials.

Mr Richmond has been (as some other American Clergy, now in England, have been) on the European Continent lately. His strong impression is that Popery is on the wane. This, however, and [Mahometion], are not the whole of Antichrist, but it seems to me that Popery is what is meant by Babylon. “The sure word of Prophecy” has proclaimed that Babylon will fall, and it seems to me at this time shaken to the centre by the subversion of the popishly inclined branch of the Bourbons. In many English & Irish Schools for R. Cathc. children the whole Bible is now read, and the peculiar Catechisms of Popery omitted, [?] ours are not introduced. The great points between the two branches of the Church are matter of lively controversy, in Ireland especially. I even hope, as the Country did not aid the measure, that it may please God to manifest, by the result, that when Popery sought political privileges for her own aggrandizement she really incurred “an occasion of falling,” which appears to have already commenced.

My dear Wife has lately been blessed with another Daughter (our tenth living child) & both are doing well. She often talks of writing to you. I am sorry Mr West went at last without a Picture of Mr Jones, & of Dr Gaskin, which are ready for the Seminary as my gift, framed & glazed. Adieu! My dear and venerated Friend—yours ever affectionately

G.W. Marriott

Letter to Philander Chase



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