Timothy Wiggin



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Wiggin tells Philander Chase about the success of the new circulars they have distributed in gaining support for the cause.






Tomithy Wiggin, Philander Chase, circulars, Lord Bexley, the Warden


Manchester June 3 - 1824

Dear friend,

My last letter to you was written before I knew of your intended visit to Cambridge but I hope it did not follow you there, for it contained nothing of importance. Most of our Clergy have seen the new circulant approve of the paragragraph [imputing] property in the United States. The Warden told me that he as received one of Bishop Hobart’s circulars, or rather the joint one, but he made no remark respecting it. He told me the Bishop of Chester (now Bath) informed him he has given him names for £20 but he did not make any remark as to the expediency or necessity of Supporting the cause. As he will soon leave the Diocese we cannot expect much of his assistance here, but I should be glad to have you introduced to his successor, if an opportunity should offer, for I think he would be likely to give his support and to aid the affiliations in [Botton Preston]. I hear a good report of his character, and that he was selected for merit.

Your friends have rejoiced at your your success and the Clergy say they will endeavour to collect something more, which they think they can do, and are desirous of some of our new circulars. I think it would be well be well to find me too, and we will try to distribute them with some of such that I have, to advantage. I desired the Warden to aid your cause then, and he said he would consider of it and did it in such a meer as to invite me to think we would write. I do not hear that any new reports are in circulation here, from Bartell’s building or Mr [Shannon] and I hope opposition is at an end.

I hope you will call and leave your card at Sir Sherman Baring’s, and perhaps it would be well to do so at Mr Hix of Barings also. Perhaps Lord Bexley would undertake to speak to Lord Liverpool on the subject of your mission; and that he would be the fittest person to do it I have little doubt. I [pon] Mr [Summer] will act with great caution only the Archbishops make good their promise. Do you not think that you could get the Bishop of Durham to give you a letter of introduction to some of his friends at Durham? The Dignitaries there are very rich, and much might be done thus with good introductions I hope you will get the support of as many of the Bishops as possible before you leave London, for their names will have great influence in the country. I expect the joint application, by a general distribution of circulars, will not have much effect but to impune you, yet I hope your success is now beyond the reach of oppositions. Perseverance will, I [hunt], insure to you a handsome sum to begin with, and a good beginning will be a great faint gained. As I think there is no danger of miscarriage I have concluded to hand your letters to me, and the sermon you wrote for, in a forward, which you will receive herewith. I thought it better not to reach town before you do. I am rather anxious to hear what you success has been at Cambridge, for I understood Mr. Watson went there a short time before you. Perhaps he thinks it safer to make verbal communications than written ones. In some cases this is the most prudent course. A good cause in the midst of dangers and trouble, like a Staunch Ship in a storm, give buoyancy to our spirits and a gleam of hope to cheer us on our way, and will that enable you to surmount all obstacles, and finally to accomplish your mission, with pleasant reflections and brighter prospects—

I have not hear whether the [hidden field laborers] times have been paid in or not, but I expect to learn how it is, next week, when some of my friends, of Mr [Haigh’s] family, are expected to pay us a visit if it has not been paid in he will probably hand it to me, and in that case I will order it paid in to Mrs [Hoares M] and one all well at Platt, and all desire their best respects to respects to you. If I can serve you in any way, tell me now and believe me most faithfully yours

T Wiggin

Letter to Philander Chase



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