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To Charles Petit McIlvaine
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letter, McIlvaine, Niachide
[?] October 11, 1860
My Dear Bishop,
It is long since we have had any [?] but an opportunity is now afforded me by the desire of your patronage of the [?] of this [Charles], whom I believe to be a sincere and worthy convert and who at his baptism received the Christian name of John. He and a friend of his & compatriot Paul [?] who is lately [dead] were admitted into the Church by [?] [?] and our excellent praise [?] & myself were their [?]. They were affirmed at [?] Place to learn Bookbinding but not excelling in it. Paul was received by [?] of [Whale] [?] as a scripture reader and was very useful especially from his [?] of the language among the German colonists in this Parish. John Marks worked under him but unfortunately is under the age of twenty four when he would become a city [?]. He has applied for the [?] office of Scripture Reader and was [?] and is [?] by Dr. [?] and Mr. Reynolds who will I believe contrive to pay his [passage] to [endeavour] to act in this capacity in America. I hope he may [?] [?] there and obtain a decent living. I am anxious about & [?] beg to recommend him to you. I was most pleased with [?] [Place]. You will I am sure with [?] [?] grace for us as my dear wife 58 years of age is not only deaf but quite blind and being myself 5 I have not any [?] [?], and find my academic life an anxious one next [?] excellent of [?] and [?] [?] to [?] I endeavor to bear up and trust in God’s providential care. We have a great comfort in our daughter.
Believe me dear Bishop that we all retain our affectionate remembrances of you and hope we may be [allured] to meet in heaven for we are hardly likely to see one another again here.
To the Bishop of Ohio
Niachide, W., "To Charles Petit McIlvaine" (1860). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 171.
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