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tions. To-morrow, proceed to Morgantown, four miles, to preaching-to-morrow night to brother Bull's house, probably. Monday evening, perhaps, get home. 'Tis very pleasant to ride in brother Eldred's little
wagon-we get along most delightfully, from house to house, among friends. Mrs. S. ought to rejoice in God. He does every thing right. We trust, yea, we know he has done all well.”
Though the above are a few hasty thoughts suggested in short notes to his wife, yet they evidently speak the language of his heart.
As to the controversy and great excitement which subse. quently arose from this election, in which my brother largely participated, I forbear making further comment, especially as some of the prominent names then used are now enrolled in the annals of Eternity.
In December, 1827, at the request of the Lodge in Chester County, my brother delivered an address which was afterwards published. In this address, he brought prominently the Word of God before their minds as the Great Light; and urged that “all free and accepted Masons' are bound to read, obey, pray over, and unite in sending it to the ends of the earth.”
In July of the same year, my brother was made a life. member of the Philadelphia Branch of the American Tract Society, by the ladies of St. Paul's Church.
THOUGHT OF MOVING TO THE WEST-URGES MY REMOVAL
TO KENTUCKY-VISIT TO THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
My brother was truly devoted to the cause of Bishop Chase and Kenyon College, Ohio. He was one of the “ few friends” who were invited to meet with the Bishop at the house of Paul Beck, Esq., in Philadelphia, as early as December 14th, 1826, to receive from him “a particular statement of the nature of his claims, in behalf of the people of the Western States, particularly Ohio.” In the minutes of this meeting, it is recorded, that “the Rev. Mr. Allen addressed the meeting in remarks highly commendatory of the plan of education proposed to be pursued at Kenyon College."
He was a member of a committee appointed on that occasion, with reference to an application to the citizens. He wrote to me on this subject
“PHILADELPHIA, January 4th, 1827. "Dear Brother:-Bishop Chase, of Ohio, is here, and has been in my family six or seven weeks. His plans for Kenyon College are all ready, and in successful operation. The prospect of good to the Church, it offers, is very great. The western wilds will, I doubt not, through it, rejoice. But with this letter will go a newspaper, giving some account of the thing. Christians are called upon to help: It is their duty. From here (where he has got seventeen hundred dollars) the Bishop expects to go to New-York. He is a pious man; his trust is in the Lord. I find his company both beneficial and pleasant. His preaching very plain, simple, and profitable.
66 The Homilies are stereotyping. After the copies are struck off, the plates are to be given to Kenyon College, Ohio. They thus will confer a benefit when we are dead. Every advantage will be afforded that can, to secure the circulation.”. -“ Our health and circumstances are as usual. My duty begins to appear more plainly to be, to surrender more connexion with business, in order to devote my undivided energies to ministerial labour. The Homi. lies I shall strive to see completed, for the sake of their being thrown into every Church and family, if the Lord please, and for the sake of giving Kenyon College the plates.
“ It, perhaps, has been a temptation, engaging too much in publications. My debts required something. They, I have reason to believe, will be over in a year. After that, may I be more exclusively given to my work. The Lord be my protector, guide, and every thing. My days are his. My would fain devote to him.
“We are in need of help in prayer. Do pray for us. In Church affairs, we have no great news. I hope the arm of God will guide the Ark in safety. Prayer, ardent prayer, fervent, constant, persevering prayer, accomplishes won. ders. The Lord reigneth. This, believes 6 Your's, ever,
While Bishop Chase was in my brother's house, where he was confined with some affection of his leg for some time, my brother endeavoured to attend to his concerns for him, and conducted himself towards him as a child to a father.
After the Bishop left Philadelphia, he repeatedly expresses in his letters, his grateful recollection of favours.
In his printed appeal of January 29th, 1827, he “ states with gratitude, he has received from Philadelphia, and vicinity, rising of three thousand dollars, besides many valuable books, and in philosophical apparatus, to a considerable amount."
A considerable amount of money for this object passed through my brother's hands, as appears from the Bishop's receipts and others. Bishop Chase received, New-York, May 24th, from my brother, “ the balance of collections made for Kenyon College, in and near Philadelphia, by him, up to” that date.
I add a few extracts from the Bishop's letters to my brother
“ BOSTON, May 10th, 1827. “Rev. and Dear Brother :-Last night I received letters from my friends, both in England and Ohio, which make it my imperious duty to be on the site of Kenyon College, on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of June. To fail to do so, would be to put at hazard the best interests of our institution, which are now increasing beyond all former example. This arrangement will forbid my going farther south than NewYork. Cannot you meet me on the 23d of this present May, in the last named city? To your faithful bosom I will commit the expressions of my grateful heart to all our dear, dear friends, both in Philadelphia and vicinity: and with these, I hope they will receive God's choicest blessings.”
“GAMBIER, KENYON Cember 2016.0;}
November 26th. “ Your little son George, with the other Philadelphia boys, is now at this place, and in good health, and behaving well. But the principal reason of my writing you this letter is, to tell you, that Mr. Thomas Smith, of King George County, Virginia, has become a subscriber to the Milnor Professorship, to the amount of one thousand dol. lars !—Most devoutly do I bless God for this instance of his continued goodness to our cause. My dying hopes are by it quite revived.
“ Pray consult with Mr. Bedell concerning the propriety, I might say necessity, of coming before the public with an article of some length, at this important crisis of our affairs. The eyes of all England are upon us. If we fail in this Professorship, when the whole body of clergy in that country are doing so much for us, how can we hold up our heads among the Churches of the earth ?”
“God has been very gracious to us of late, in preserving our waterworks from most imminent danger, and in crowning our plans with signal success. The mill is now raised, and the race nearly completed. Within one fortnight, I humbly trust we shall begin to saw boards from our own mill, for Kenyon College."
"I entreat that one effort more be made for the Milnor Professorship. Pray write, and continue to write in the common newspapers for us.
Who knows but God may put it into the hearts of some who have not as yet heard of this most munificent offer of Mr. A. Tappan."
4 COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 29th. “ I was much pleased, and feel very grateful in witnessing what you have done for us in the Recorder. The Milnor Professorship will be filled, and God's name will be glori. fied."
“I have been making a speech here to the Ohio Legislature, to get them to petition Congress for the grant of lands to Kenyon College. But what success I shall have, depends on the mercy of God in softening the hard hearts, and enlightening the blind eyes of men. If I succeed, I shall regard it as another instance of God's peculiar provi. dence in our favour, and beg for the grace of gratitude and humility. If I fail, it will be no more than my manifold sins deserve. I trust I shall submit with resignation.