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Title: Alex McLeod, New York to Revd William Stavely, [?]
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileMcLeod Staveley, Alex/77
SenderMcLeod, Alex
Sender Gendermale
Sender OccupationPresbyterian minister
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew York, USA
RecipientRev. William J. Stavely
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshippenfriends, distant relatives?
SourceD/1792/E: Deposited by late Rev. J.C.K. Armour and the Rev. S.S.S. Armour.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9707029
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 28:07:97.
Word Count890
TranscriptNew York 24th Feby [February?] 1818

Revd [Reverend?] and Dear Sir

Probably this letter will be handed to you by your Cousin
Cornelius Agnew, whose name will be to you a sufficient
introduction. Mr Hugh Wilson also sails tomorrow for his
native land & will endeavour to see you. To them I
refer you, for particular information. Mr Wilson is a
traveller well informed, & with all an amiable man - a member
of our Church. He is acquainted with our people from New York
to Carolina.
With general concerns I shall make you acquainted myself.
In September our Synod met in Goldenham about seventy miles
to the North of this city. The place not sufficiently central,
the most important business was referred to the next meeting in
expectation of a more full assembly of our ministers. The
establishment of our books of discipline &c. & the adoption of
a form of a Covenant, together with a decision upon the
Theological Seminary were thus postponed until we meet in
Pittsburgh on the last Wednesday of May next.
Professor Wylie laid down his professorate, and would not be
induced to continue his labours instructing the Students of
Theology, as his health was impaired by the greatness of his
necessary toils. Another arrangement could not speedily be
adopted. In the mean time he gives to the Students, who still
remain in Philadelphia, his advice to direct their reading.
In September also, the Northern Presbytery, translated the
Revd [Reverend?] Wm [William?] Milligan from his charge in
Goldenham to the Congregation of [Ohyegale?], Vermont, left
vacant by the removal of Mr Gibson to Canonsburgh,
Pennsylvania, & they forthwith ordained to the pastoral office
of Goldenham Mr James R. Wilson, who had been teaching a
classical school in Philadelphia. Both these settlements were,
at the time very popular, & still promise much good. Mr Wilson
is one of the best scholars & powerful orators of the age.
The volume, which I send you, will be proof of his industry.
Mr Milligan has just entered upon his proper element.
Perpetually active, ready, ardent, & unmarried, but not
addicted to patient thought, or though a scholar, habituated
to discrimination in matters of taste, he [----?] upon every
object by either hacks or bruises as he can. The package
which accompanies, this will show him to you as an author &
the inclosed paper will indicate his present designs through
the press.
My Co-Presbyters, Msr [Minister?] Wilson, Mr Master &
Milligan are men who make me always happy when I meet them
Sound men, and true. They love their Master, they love his
Service, the [they?] love one another. In the bounds of this
little Presbytery we will immediately plant three other honest
ministers; & would find ample labour & their daily bread to
several others if we had them at command. All our
licentiates are gone to the Southwest, & we have none ripe
for licence this Summer. It is a fine time for emigration.
Can you not send us an honest enterprising
Hybernian [Hibernian?]? We have forgotten your
Graham, & pardoned your country, or rather
ourselves for having dared to restore your outcasts. But we
have need of help: and though we must labour, we have ample
excitement, and at least a maintenance. Oh, for a few good
Volunteers from Europe - good Soldiers of the Cross of Christ!
Our last licentiates, Crawford, Gibson, & Johnson are all
popular; but there is no probability of their being permitted
to return to us in the North. Crawford has too good a
situation hastily to leave it: Gibson and Johnsons
congregations are in the West, & the call for their services
there are numerous & pressing. If Johnson studies as he ought,
and behaves as he has done he will be unquestionably the most
eloquent preacher on this side of the Atlantic.
I leave to those who will have the opportunity of conversing
with you the detail of news: but I must mention that my
youngest son, born the day I was ordaining Wilson, bears my
own name connected with yours. I had a William & a John; &
in this instance I thought of associating [Alex-----?]
[Alexander?] with Stavely, a name which I have been accustomed
to [-----------?] of my expousals to the Covenanted cause, &
which [-----------?] dear to me from family connection, and
Christian correspondence with the venerable man from whom you
have it by inheritance.
I send you also a set of the Evangelical Guardian of New York.
so far as it has yet gone. In the department of Reviews you
will recognise the pen of your correspondent; that is all of
the work that he brings to me. When you have looked over
these magazines,I will thank you to send them to Stephen Young
Paisley to whom I am indebted for such communications; & when
a column is completed you may expect a copy for your own
It was my intention to publish this Season a Volume of
Lectures on the points in dispute with the [Hoplainsians?];
but my agency in providing for erecting a new Church, & my
expected journey to Pittsburgh prevented me from preparing
for the press.
With my best wishes for your domestic & public happiness
& usefulness I remain Yours in the Gospel of our Lord
Alexn [Alexander?] McLeod.