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Thanks the Bishop for his support and makes reference to his (Rochester) recent appointment. Also a visit by the Bishop McIlvaine is planned.
letter, Rochester, McIlvaine
Rochester, J. C., "Letter to C.P. McIlvaine" (1860). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 235.
June 18, 1860
My dear friend and Brother,
I can not [cordially] echo your very kind manner of address, and repeat the prayer, with the knees of my heart bent down to His earth, which you kindly prefer for me & the humility wherewith I have been [entrusted] [may] He [spare you] & [wish] you with grace and [fulfil] in you all that [?] [?] that Paul sought to [those] whom he loved, [?] [?].
I have been much perplexed by the [presence] of work & the [?] of [?] which my kind [?], [?] left behind him through my continual illness. He [worn] deed a sufferer & the [same] I have seen his now widow go through &c. unless we of what mine hearth look to and how [?] these indulgences are with which we [?] bishops are evaluated. The [discipline] is [most] wholesome. May it please God to enable me to [profit] by it. Had that my appointment marks the [commencement] of the evening work of life and that the [aught] [hardens a apace]. It would indeed be work gratifying as an [?] in its [?] if I might be permitted to see you are more & to love you & save of you with [our] dear friends the [Casus] & under every roof. Such things may yet be and a night say of grace, a [?] of the play [?] is to [cause], cheer up our fading though.
But, I do not write this with any feeling of heaviness or [depression]. I began in this [?] under a sense of [sport] that I had been [bid] to delay a [?] to your kind [epistle] [so] lay, & with a desire to them that I had [reluctantly] [omitted] my answer. Let me beg that if you do cross the Atlantic again, I shall have early notice of your crossing.
Praying [kindest upon & to] your daughter & assure her & [every] [others] of your family of the [welcome] they will [have] from your very sincere friend,
J. C. Rochester
To the very New
The Bishop of Ohio