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Recommending Chandler Robbins of Springfield to their church. Mr. Neakes too young for huge congregation in this city.
letter, McIlvaine, church
McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, "Letter to unknown" (1860). Charles Pettit McIlvaine Letters. 42.
Cinc. May 16
Yours of the 12th was recd on Saturday the 14th. Though happy to get Mr Goddard, I sympathize with his Place -- [flock + their life]= as to Mr. Markes, while he is excellent, + of much promise he is too recent in the ministry has had too little experience beyond a small [?] farm of [poor] people, is in college to make it wise. What he should now take charge of such a parish as [yours]. If he were very [?] I should advise him against it+ I have no idea but that if called, he would take the same view. I have also thought it very hazardous to young ministers to take charge of such large congregations in the large cities…
I trust you will be supplied with a faithful successor to your late faithful pastor. There is a good man of my diocese of whom I see [?] [seem] to suppose he might most suit you. A truly pious man, good scholar, good preacher, good reader, of typical manners, sound judgment, decidedly evangelical, the Rev. Chandler Robbins of Springfield Ohio. You might write to the Rev. I. L. Brooke DD of Springfield who knows him more intimately than I do.
Yours very truly
Chas. P. McIlvaine