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“ Harriot and our friends will be very glad to see Mar. garet. Give our love to her, and accept it for yourself. " Your's truly,
B. ALLEN. " P. S. I have promised to visit the Northern Neck in October.”
As to the destitute region last mentioned, my brother endeavoured to enlist Mr. Wilmer in its behalf : as appears from the following
“ ALEXANDRIA, September 30th, 1819. “ Dear Friend :-Your favour from Fredericksburg came to hand. I am truly sensible of the importance of some exertions in the Northern Neck, in order to preserve the faith of our Church among the people in that section of country. Mr. Norris and myself will endeavour soon to pay them a visit, probably in the course of next month. But will not Mr. Bryan and Mr. Armstrong come on, according to appointment ?"
" I shall set the press to work in about a fortnight, God willing, in publishing tracts, and shall keep in view the object you suggest, of informing our members on some of the peculiarities of our Church. I shall endeavour also to introduce some of these 'matters into our Repertory. “In great haste, your friend and brother,
WM. H. WILMER."
Mr. McGuire also wrote to him
“ FREDERICKSBURG, August 5th, 1819. “ Friend Allen :-Indisposition of my family, and a press of parochial duties, has prevented me from going over the Ridge as soon as I expected; in the mean time, I wish to talk with you about paying a visit to this section of the country some time soon. You know the state of the Northern Neck, and the counties adjacent to the Rappahannock. Here is an immense range of Episcopal ground, where the people are crying out, О come and help us, or we
shall be compelled to surrender for ever the Church of our fathers, and seek salvation in other folds.”_" Mr. Ware expressed a wish to Mr. Andrus, that you should come down and visit them again. I wish you would do so. It will give you an opportunity of judging whether you could not with propriety make a move to that section of the State. I think that such missionary ground is not in this country. And I have no doubt you could make such arrangements as would enable you to spend much of your time in raising the Church from her splendid ruins, and restoring her to order and happiness.”- .“ I wish you would write me directly on the subject. It is certainly worth our serious attention. If Presbyterians think it worth while to send from the north, two respectable missionaries to a country where there is hardly a man who says, “I am a Presbyterian,' surely it is worth while for us to send ministers to the same country, where men, women, and children. are all crying out with one voice, We are all Episcopalians! We want Episcopal ministers !'
“ When you come down, if you will let me know, I can inform the people, and see if Andrus or myself cannot accompany you. In Tappabannock, and the county of Essex, there are now six Sunday-schools. Such is the zeal and excitement of the people. “With love to Mrs. Allen, I am your friend and brother,
E. C. McGUIRE." My brother took advantage of my spending some weeks in his Parish, and leaving me to discharge his duties, he engaged in a preaching tour through the northern neck of Virginia. He left Charlestown for this purpose on the 10th of September.
Mr. Wilmer again writes to him relative to that country
“ ALEXANDRIA, November 22d, 1819. " Rev. and Dear Friend :-Your favour of 18th ult. came to hand during my absence on a tour through the
Northern Neck. I visited, in company with the Rev. Ethan Allen, King George, Mattox-bridge Church, Yeocomico Church, Northumberland Court-House, Micomico Church, Christ Church (Lancaster,) Lancaster Court-House, and Richmond Court-House. Having visited these places, you are acquainted with their situation. They afford a fine field for a Missionary : but it seems impossible to get one. If one could be procured, I would set him a going on the present fund, depending on Providence to feed us with further supplies. The people of Northumberland CourtHouse were expecting a visit from Mr. Stephens, to whom they had offered the Academy and the Church, with a salary of twelve hundred dollars, and a house." - With regard to your removal to that country, I know not what to advise. Both the place where you reside, and the lower country, being very important and deserving of ministerial attention. I am not, however, a friend to removals, except where the prospect of superior usefulness thereby, is very palpable. “ Your affectionate friend and brother,
WM. H. WILMER."
From the foregoing, it appears that my brother's mind was so enlisted in the cause of that lower country, that he meditated a removal to that region. This, however, was not effected.
I close the history of his movements during 1819, with the following testimony from others. A friend of his youth, in New-York, writes to him
“May 31st. “ You, I rejoice to learn, are reaping the fruits of your youthful exertions in prosperous respectability ; with the additional satisfaction, I presume, of witnessing the participation of your brother in your honourable and useful course, by your sole means and instrumentality.”
“ New-HAVEN, Conn., October 9th. " Rev. and Dear Friend :-I improve an opportunity, afforded by the return of Mr. Read, to break our long silence, though I have only time to say a few words.
“I rejoice to hear, as I do, both from Mr. Read and from Mr. Meade, who is now here on the business of the Colonization Society, that you are going
on with laudable zeal and flattering prosperity in the cause of the Church.
“ Is it not time to begin to look for a visit from you? We should all rejoice to see you again. I beg of you to write soon, for I cannot bear the idea of breaking up our correspondence.”-“My family are well and wish to be remembered to you. Present my respects to your good lady, and to your brother and lady, when you have opportunity, and believe me to be, with sincerity and truth, “ Your affectionate friend and brother,
I also annex the following from the Bishop
“RICHMOND, February 1st, 1819. “Rev. and Dear Sir:-I really do not know whether I am in debt to you a letter or not : but as I am engaged today in answering a number of favours I have received, and in addressing some others, to whom I have never before written, I cannot resist the pleasure of communicating with yourself.
“To hear you spoken of as a laborious clergyman, and to find that your labours have been abundantly blessed, opens to my mind a source of great enjoyment. As one of the first, who embarked in the same cause with myself, and who under depressed circumstances have so effectually persevered, you have a claim to my attention and regard; and be assured, that no effort on my part shall be wanting, which can contribute to your comfort and happiness. I
should be pleased to hear whether the zeal of the people in Charlestown has been such, as to enable them to finish the church. It is an edifice which reflects honour upon the Society, and I hope that they will never rest, until the topstone is brought forth with rejoicing.
“ Your flock in Shepherdstown contemplated either a new church, or the enlargement of the old one. know how they have proceeded. You have obtained an acquisition in Mr. Low, who has, I am told, accepted the call to Martinsburg. Mr. Bryan, I have been informed, intends to continue at Bunker's-Hill. When you look around you, and see those churches which have been raised by your efforts, filled with a devout people, your heart must rejoice. May heaven continue to bless you, and render you the founder of many more.
“Give my love to Mrs. Allen, to Mr. Shepherd and family, indeed to all who know me, and believe me, Rev. and dear Sir, 5. Your sincere friend and father in Christ Jesus,
RICHARD CHANNING MOORE.”