Philander Chase



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Chase updates Lord Kenyon on his activities in England and assures him that he will come to Gredington to visit as soon as possible.




Gredington, Thomas Horne, Mr. Pratt, Lady Rosse, Marianne Kenyon, Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop of London, Lord Bexley, Mrs. Marriott, Rev. Richmond, Timothy Wiggin, Mrs. Harford, Diocese of Illinois


London Oct. 29 1835

Very dear Lord Kenyon,

I was made very happy in receiving your Lordship’s kind letter of the 23 inst: exceedingly refreshing in accordance with my heart’s best feelings are its expressions. I would fly to you as to the best of [friends] immediately, but for something which your Lordship will, I trust, see to be my duty, the settling of things, forthwith, in train to accomplish the great errand on which I came to England. When this shall have been done, I hope to avail myself of your Lordship’s affectionate invitation to Gredington.

As soon as I arrived in Town I called on the Rev. T.H. Horne, whose reception of me was truly gratifying. I am to attend church with him next Sunday, and dine at his home; when I shall submit the little publication I have in view to his discerning eye. If he and the Rev. Mr. Pratt approve of what I have just now finished writing, no time will be lost in putting it to press. It is, I am sure, what your Lordship will approve, [?] its humble merit. If it receive the divine blessing all will be well.

I have written to good Lady Rosse, and some other friends at a distance; though none of my letters to persons in London have as yet been delivered because of the wish I had to be alone till I would have leisure to wait on them.

Most sincerely do I rejoice at the information your Lordship gives me of the happy marriage of your dear Mary Anne. May the good god shower his choicest blessings on her & her worthy husband. Lloyd and Edward and your daughter in law and grand children have a deep interest in my humble prayers.

Your Lordship’s venerable Aunt at Peel Hall still lives I hope in the enjoyment of health & mental powers, as she certainly does in my best affections. Pray assure her in your next letter to her of my humble blessings & that I hope to pay my respects to her in person before I leave England.

The Arch Bishop of Can’y and the Bishop of London, I hear are out of Town. When they return I hope to be honoured with an interview. Lord Bexley also I hear is in the country. Few persons there are whom I should be more happy to see. To Mrs Marriott I addressed a letter as soon as I arrived: but from the information which your Lordship gives me of the place of her residence I perceive I directed my note to the wrong place.

Dr. and excellent Friend.

The Rev. Richmond who in writing many letters to introduce me to his friends in England handed me the inclosed just as I was [leaving] America...This circumstance affords me an early opportunity of [announcing] my arrival & to put you in mind of my most affectionate regards. How often have I [?] the hardships which I have endured refreshed myself with the kind reminiscence of [of] the delightful moments I passed under your hospitable roof! May the good God continue to smile upon you and dear Mrs Harford as He seemed to do when I was there.

How long I remain in England is uncertain I am now at the house of my very good friend T. Wiggin Esqr 50 Harley Street where I should be most happy to receive a letter from under your hand.

Rev. T. H. Horne lately called on me & kindly invited me to dine with him and attend his church tomorrow sunday the 2. He is pleased to enter heartily into the spirit of the cause which brings me to England and it is by his and the Rev. Mr. Pratts advice that I am preparing an address to my friends.

The inclosed appeal may serve to show you what the friends of Illinois are doing in America.

With sincere & very great respect I rem’n your affection. Fr’d P Chase

Letter to Lord Kenyon



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