Thomas Ludlow, letter, to Nathaniel Whitaker, 1766 November 7


abstractLudlow writes that he is pleased with the collections taken on behalf of the great cause, but that Whitaker and Occom would do well to collect in person rather than leave it to local ministers. He hopes that Whitaker and Occom will visit Bristol before returning to London.

handwritingFormal handwriting is small, but very clear and legible.

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EventsFundraising Tour of Great Britain, Occom’s inoculation

My much eſteemed Friend M.r Nath: Whitaker  Dear Sir 
ſince my laſt to you at Bideford  we have had the pleasure of receiving two Letters from you, one  from Barnstaple, the other from Crediton, both which gave us pleasing  accounts of your ſucceſs in the important Cause, what you collected  at Exeter and Topsham I think is extraordinary. I am glad to hear  ſome of the Clergy undertake for you, which no doubt is furtherance  to the Affair, I find you have left the Collection in ſome places to the  management of them and other Ministers by which you will ſee whether  that will answer your purpose, I am ready to think it will not and  that if you was to make personal application and preach to the People,  where they receive one Pound, you would two Pounds, but that I leave.  I observe your immediate going to London on your return to Exon is  not absolutely fix'd but that a Letter you expect from your Friends in  London is to determine it. If it is for the good of the great Cause we  ſhould rejoice to ſee you here first for do aſsure you that wou'd be indeed  a great pleasure to us and to Friends in general. It gave us concern  to have ſo poor an account of dear M.r Occom, hope the Lord has remov'd  his complaint and that this will find him perfectly recovered. May  the Lord ſtill ſtand by and ſupport you under every trial that you may  meet with and keep you above all your fears and discouragements, He  is ſtronger than all your adversaries and has the Hearts of all Men at  his command and can turn them as the Rivers are turned, Instances of   
which you have met with ſince you have been embark'd in this  glorious undertaking, which are as ſo many encouragements for  you ſtill to go on trusting alone in the ſtrength of the Lord. Thro  the great goodneſs of God we and all your Friends that I now can  recollect here are well and many did they know I was writing  wou'd beg to be remember'd t'ye. Ludlow, my Daughter & ſelf  do heartily join in tendering our cordial Love and respects to you  and M.r Occom and that we may be ſharers in both your Prayers  is the desire of   
Your ſincere Freind & Servt  Tho.s Ludlow  Bristol 7th Nov.r 1766 
Pray present our best Respects to Meſs. Kinsman and Gibbs  and their Familys.   
[left]From mr  Thos Ludlow  Nov. 7 1766