Construction progressed, and Kenyon and Gambier continued to grow. Chase spent a great deal of time traveling about the state managing his diocese, as well as raising money for his fledgling institution. He wrote home often.
Worthington, November 14, 1829.
My DEAR WIFE:
The weather was so cold after I got into the coach at Mt. Vernon, at three o'clock in the morning, that I thought I should perish. The ground, already very rough by much travelling in the late rains, was hard enough by reason of the cold to bear a horse for the most part of the time, but now and then it took in horse, coach and all; you may well suppose our progress was but slow, - about two miles an hour. Before daylight sufficient for me to see to walk, I was nearly benumbed with the cold. When I found I could pick my way, I sprang from the coach and tried to warm myself by exercise; but, you know, I am no longer young, but old and fat, so that I could not walk for the sharpness of the ground. Besides, we soon came to the backwoods, where the mud was so deep that no footman could get along without wet feet and mired shins. At Sunbury I found a boy with a mare without shoes, waiting for me; I rode to Berkshire, and warmed my chilled limbs at Mr. Landen's. Mrs. L. lent me a pair of short stockings, to keep my feet from freezing - so I went on to Delaware; but I was very cold, and agonized on account of the crippling, unshod mare. It was dark before we saw the lights of Delaware, and yet I preached there in the church at half past seven, on the subject of prayer. The chills had such deep hold of my system, that I was quite sick the next day - headache - set off for Worthington. I stopped at Mrs. Burr's, who was kind to me - in the morning better - dined at Mr. Buttle's - sermon before dinner in the academy - paid Dr. Upson one hundred dollars - Mr. Little, of Delaware, one hundred and five dollars and fifty cents. Pray have you had a proper bill of this maple sugar, six and one quarter cents per pound? Do call at the store, and yourself see the entry on this account. I paid, also, Mr. Buttle's. After dinner I came to our old dwelling.
I have had much talk with Mr. Douglass; he says he will go up to Gambier, and stay there and obey your orders, for twelve dollars per month. He will be authorized by me to see to everything. Under his command, subject to your approval, I have put all the hands, and all the plans I have formed.
Mr. Lampson's purchases will be approved of by you and Mr. D. Mr. Derbin, at the mill, is to take in no grain, nor make any bargains, without Mr. D.'s consent, distinctly given. I will write more before I go. Mr. Douglass will bring you some cows. I am going, before I set off for Columbus, to see dear old Mr. Goodrich.
In Cumberland, Ohio (in Geurnsey County) Bp. Chase’s stage coach slid off the road and down an embankment, seriously injuring him.
Cumberland, March 18, 1830,
I wish you to know the whole truth, for so I have always promised you - but I beg you not to think of coming to see me - I have two ribs broken, and my elbow is out of joint, but every attention and kindness is shown me by Mr. and Mrs. Johns, and the neighbors; and once more I entreat you not to be alarmed, nor to stir an inch. I will write every day, and let you know how is
Your faithful and affectionate husband,
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