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“ I beg to be remembered to your good wife, and all the circle of Christian friends. Don't forget dear Mrs. S. and Mrs. P., nor any of that precious character that used to perform the labours of love and charity at your house.
faithful friend and brother."
“WASHINGTON, February 4th, 1828. "Rev. and Dear brother :- I have but just arrived here, late on Saturday, of course can say but little as to prospects; but will write you when the subject is more matured.
“I think you will, on second thought, conclude not to go to England at the present juncture of affairs. May God direct you in all things for his glory, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."
6 I bless God for the good news as to the Milnor Professorship, and am sincerely grateful to you for promoting its success."
“February 22d. “ I shall see you before you sail. England will not relieve, but augment your complaint. Don't go, dear brother.” “ Ever your sincere and faithful, and grateful
"PHILANDER CHASE.” I have thus enlarged on this subject, not only with reference to my brother's history, but as giving an interesting view of the devoted zeal and piety of Bishop Chase, in connexion with his important labours in behalf of the West.
My brother became so much engaged in the above move. ments, that he not only placed his oldest son at the grammar. school in connexion with Kenyon College, but he had some idea of removing to that country himself. Some of his brethren wrote to him on that subject.
February 23d, 1827. " Rev. and Dear Brother :- I have an additional reason in writing, in the desire I feel to know of your
affairs. You spoke of a movement to the west when I last saw you,
and expressed a wish that I would write to any friends I might have when you went. Should such be still your intention, it will give me pleasure to serve an old friend and fellow-labourer, as far as in me lies.
“In Chillicothe, in Louisville, and near Lexington, I have a few relatives, to whom I would write with pleasure when you go, should you go. Wherever you go, may Heaven's best blessings be upon you.
"My prayers are offered up for you all in Pennsylvania, that you may be guided in the right way by the unerring wisdom of God. With love to the brethren, I remain your sincere friend, and affectionate brother,
" W. MEADE.”
“ January 11th. - Dear Brother :- I have heard a rumour of your going to Kenyon College as a Professor. Is it so ?”_" But I know you are not allured by such dignities. If you go,
I know it would be with the object of labouring in the cause of Christ. I look upon that Diocess as an important field of labour. “ Your's,
R. U. MORGAN."
“CLEAVELAND, Ohio, February 3d. “Rev. and Dear Sir :-I have learnt, if I read right, by a letter from a brother clergyman of Virginia, lately received, that Bishop Chase, our zealous and worthy diocesan, has had the good fortune to induce yourself to come to the Ohio and help us. The news, I fear, is too good to be true. The Lord grant it may be, and, also, that many of the same spirit may be found, ere long, to swell our small band.--Hoping the Lord may so order it, that we may hereafter be better acquainted, and praying that you may continue to be blessed in your ministerial labours, I am, dear Sir, your brother in Christ,
SILAS C. FREEMAN.”
In April my brother also writes to me
“ The west appears most important. Bishop Chase's Col. lege will, it appears to me, be of eminent use."
My brother not only had his own mind strongly biased toward the western country, as one of the fields of effort which promised the greatest usefulness; but he also laboured much to enlist my heart in the same cause. As unfolding some of his views and feelings on the subject, I annex the following extracts from his letters to me.
“May 25th, 1827. “Dear Thomas :—We are, it would almost seem, in Providence, to go to fields where much is to be attempted for Christ. He certainly puts honour on our unworthiness, in admitting us thus to act. My early labours were of that class. Your's now seem called to such a field. I have thought much of you, and have for years thought a field more interesting than any other in the United States, was Ken. tucky. I indeed had determined to abandon Philadelphia for that mighty field. Your present situation would almost seem to be an inducement to you to go there. Thinking, as for years I have, of Kentucky, I desired always, when adverting to you, that you might attain the same great field of labour. George, my oldest, went yesterday to Ohio, with the Bishop : your going to Kentucky would draw me much.”
“ The plan might be to travel three or more months : after that settle and get a situation, where perhaps a hundred times more can be eventually accomplished than can here. I speak words well weighed, for I believe much more can be done there. Dr. Aydelott has recommended you. This, with my own recommendation, can no doubt gain a place. Many Virginia and other friends have settled in Kentucky.
Affectionately your's, B. A.”
“Saturday, June. “Dear Thomas :-Perhaps you would do well to come to Philadelphia when Convention is over. The Sunday-school will make you agent for as long a time as is desired, say many years.
Would plant you at a central spot, and permit you to visit a region around. This would allow preaching. But it may be your determination, as you state circumstances, to stay. Will not there be vastly more good effected should you go? Horrell, from St. Louis, Missouri, I understand, will come to the Atlantic border soon, on a visit. Will not that give opportunity of gaining information ?”—“We ought to be much in prayer, that we may be allowed a privilege, greater than any on this earth, that of promoting, in some humble way,
the glory of our Lord. May we be admitted to it. We are nothing. We can only look to Christ.”—“Are you desirous to go to Indiana? or where?-We can, we believe, furnish the
Missionaries, as well as Sunday-school agents, we desire. Let your heart ask what is most likely to advance our dear Redeemer's glory; to feed the hundreds of thousands now destitute, or to live in the comparatively unuseful spot where you now dwell.
“I again say, come to Philadelphia. Many, very many things we then can talk of, not to be given in letters.”“Souls certainly are precious. We are called to do the most for them. Have not our lives been devoted ? Are we our own? Can you answer to Christ in the great day for neglect of that which promised to effect the vastest good ? Come to Philadelphia, if only for one hour, or a single day. Hoping to see you when Convention ends, I am, “ Your's, truly,
" August 3d. “ Dear Thomas :-My soul is distressed past endurance. Your declining the visit to Kentucky, seals Frankfort, and—” “I do not speak words unfounded.”—“The appoint
ment paying your expenses, under God pointed you there. The surrender of that appointment, gives our enemy every advantage. Mount immediately, for the love of God, man, Christian, do not, as souls are valued, do not give up the cause. I hope you will find it in your heart to suffer, should need be, to suffer for Christ-cheerfully do I say. The books and all you have in your possession, and moneys due of mine, take for extra expense of going to Kentucky. Go, and let no family feeling, naught but death stop. No obstacle can be in the society: all can be arranged. I'll do that—only go. The Lord remove all obstacles, turn hearts, incline wife, self, and every one. For the love of Christ, go as soon as you possibly can. Time enough remains for you to go, and secure each of those towns. Mr. Horrell is here now, from Missouri; says the people want ministers. I cannot go at this time. You go-God will be with, take care of, defend you, and will make comfortable your wife, your children. Parish let alone for a few weeks. All depends on your decision. God direct you, and bless, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
“Go settle in Frankfort.” “My dear brother, let us live for the cause of Christ. God works by feeble instruments."
“ Go, go, go by all means.”
The above fully evinces the intense ardour of feeling which he suffered to be enlisted in the cause of the Western country. It was indeed a burning zeal, but the Lord did not gratify his desire. He had in rapid preparation for us, other scenes of labour, trial, and enjoyment.
In the fall of 1827, my brother visited Washington and Georgetown, District of Columbia, for the purpose of attend. ing the anniversary of the “Society for the Education of Pious Young Men for the Ministry of the Protestant Epis. copal Church." An account of this journey we have in his letters to his wife.