Philander Chase



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Chase thanks Mr. Dyer for his letter and expresses his gratitude towards Judge Ruggles for helping him passing the bill in the Senate. He also provides updates on timber and the College buildings.




Judge Ruggles, Mr. Ayres, College buildings



Kenyon College

2d. Ocr. 1830

To Mr. Dyer

now at St. Clairsville

Dr. Sir:

Few things have given me more pleasure than the reception of your letter of the 21st. Sepr.: It told me that you were received favourably and had hopes of doing good.

I rejoice at your opening prospects and devoutly pray that a work begun in much prayer may be continued in devine strength and accomplished to Gods glory.

Your mention of Judge Ruggles [was] no small thing in your letter. Nothing would give me greater satisfaction than to see him among the supporters of our poor endeavours to build up God’s kingdom in dear Ohio.

When you see him don’t forget my most respectful and grateful compliments. There are few persons to whom Kenyon College owes so much l for altho’ the Bill for the grant of a Township of land (which chiefly by his aid had passed the Senate) was defeated by Mr. Vinton’s opposition in the land committee of the House yet the effort as a whole which was made under Judge Ruggles’ patronage, was most salutary. It gave to Kenyon College a name and served to spread the knowledge of its peculiar characteristics thro’out our land and beyond the mighty waters.

Don’t forget me when you see Mr. M[yswanger] & Mr. Ayres, or any others who enquire after me.

If you would wish to know my thing of what we are about here: I have time only to tell you that we are now covering a dwelling house erected since you left us Our granary & threshing floor are finished. The timber for a building opposite the church (East) 74 feet long and 40 broad is nearly all hewed and on the ground. The mill is going night & day to prepare small timbers & plank and lath. The carpenters are increased in number & I wish I could say they will more industrious: but I dare not go aside from the truth. What would you say if we were able to accommodate nearly double the no. of students this winter!

Do write again soon.

The day is just breaking. I have been up than an hour trying to [diminish] the hill of unanswered letters on my table. Believe me your Faithful Friend

P. Chase

Letter to Mr. Heman Dyer



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