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Bishop's voyage to England
letter, McIlvaine, Bedell
McIlvaine, Charles Petit, "Letter to Bishop Bedell" (1862). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 238.
My dear Bishop Bedell,
I do not know how to send you such particulars as you wanted in regards to the voyage. Nain does not say much about it, except that it was a very rough passage with the storms backing [five] days increasing in violence until the night of December 3rd, when it raged so fearfully that the Captain feared the ship would be engulfed. The “Log” described is as a “furious gale, with frequent squalls.” Would it not suit your purpose equally well just to [say] so much in [? more] way, in connection with the Thanksgiving? He received letters this evening one from Nain dated Dec 9th, describing [??], all on the war, or rather the apprehended war - which they heard in the First Sunday in London. The other was from Anna -- from Cambridge -- not any from father.
I forgot to say when they landed. It was on Saturday Dec 7th. You will most likely hear from Father soon.
Yours very truly,
Emily R. McIlvaine
PS. Perhaps you would like to know the drift of the [summer] & by whom they were forwarded. The first they heard in St. Paul’s from a son of Dean Milman, on the Sept. “With what measure ye mete, etc.” It was against war + an effort & Glenn their hide of feeling or rather passion as he called it. He said “We are very [?] to be angry & [?] where we receive the measure ourselves, which our laws protect out &c others, & we must &c. remember [?], what was law for us, was also law against us.” The second was from a Baptist Ministry, the [Bartles]. They were on their way home from St Paul’s & passing the Church, went in just as the service was over, hearing only the conclusion. It was all for peace. [?] regard the people in pray [much] & earnestly that the war might be averted. To pray for the President of the United States, for all his counselors, for the [process], the pulpit, + the people of the United States also. For the Queen, the [?], the men in [?], the [press], pulpit, &c of the United Kingdom. That passion may not [move] them, but the spirit of [Justice] & law above may govern them. In the afternoon they heard Mr. [Lounsdale], a son of the Bishop of [Litchfield], at Temple Church. His sermon was also on the times & showed the same desire to keep down the fire of the people. In the evening, they heard Mr. Cummings, in the same subject & with the same aim - to prevent war.
Excuse me if I have written more than you care to hear, but these little things, I thought might interest you.
E. R. McIl-